Local pool operators met with the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department to discuss keeping pools clean this summer.
Proper pool equipment use and chemicals were topics in the seminar. Making sure public pools are safe and clean is a priority for the Health Department. They check each one monthly to insure that pools maintain standards in place. Registered Sanitarian Adam Dickerson says swimmers can be at risk for infection without the proper standards of cleanliness.
"Cryptosporidium is probably the biggest [threat]," said Dickerson. "… and Giardia. There are lots of diseases that are spread very easily in water. "
If a pool does fail to keep with standards, the Health Department will step in to help them get back on track to remain a safe environment for swimmers.
"It depends on what the violation is," said Dickerson. "Some violations require closing the pool. Some violations just require altering the chemicals. "
Local hotel pool operators and the village of New Concord’s pool staff were among those in attendance.