Skip to comments.Is Your Public Swimming Pool Safe? Dirty Pools and Diseases, CDC Reports
Posted on 05/21/2010 9:06:15 AM PDT by stillafreemind
Pools can be dirty, toxic and full of many things that make kids and adults sick. Fecal matter is just the tip of the iceberg. Children with dirty diapers are adding to unsafe swimming pools. When 1 in 5 adults admit to urinating in swimming pools, how much urine must be in public swimming pools? Nitrogen from urine can actually eat chlorine. Sweat and suntan lotion can also damage chlorine in pools.
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Um, urine is sterile by the way. These fear mongers are really something. Ive managed 3 large pools over the last 20 years and have had no (none) problems.
there’s a reason I don’t swim (my favorite form of exercise) here.
But.. The cleaner we live, the sicker we get. That’s been proven.
You know? We spend millions (maybe billions) on CDC ‘expertise’ and we get reports that say pool
water has pee in it and baby pools (gasp!) have
bits of fecal matter in them. Give me a friggin
break. These publicity hounds need to get a clue
about what their job is. They need to explain why
this whole damn swine flu pandemic turned out to be
bullshit (we know what it was - diversion to take the flak off Obama). They need to stop saying guns are a frickin
disease or that spousal abuse (their PC word for ‘wife beater’) are diseases. I’d sooner see these creeps taken out and stood in front of a firing squad and call it a
mild outbreak of ‘emerging executionary firearmitis’......
My parents remember frequent closures of public pools due to polio outbreaks before the Salk vaccine. Last time I’ve heard of this type of concern.
Even when I was a kid, my parents wouldn’t allow me to go to a public swimming pool. It should be obvious to everyone that they are dirty.
How in the world did we get to a point where its acceptable to put infants and toddlers into the pool with a “swim diaper”? Like thats going to keep the poop in. Somehow we morphed to where the right of your little darling to go into a public pool is more important than my right to not swim in crap-water. If its not the ocean, I stay dry.
Of course its fear mongering, can’t sell papers without it.
Any public pool should be checking chlorine levels regularly and keeping them in acceptable levels if not the pool is closed until it is, this is nonsense.
Is it nice to think about that some of that water you are swimming in is urine? Nope, but do you think fish don’t piss and crap in the lakes and streams and oceans you play in too?
Much ado about nothing, as usual.
THE POOPY POOL THREAD?????!!!!!!!
I’ve had a pool for decades.
Chlorine is nothing less than a minor god.
Right now, there’s about six inches of algae-filled snowmelt in mine, so I’d say not. One of my weekend projects is to climb into that disgusting water and clean out the pool. I should probably call my doctor for antibiotics NOW.
Imagine what is in the local lake.
I agree urine isn’t really a hazard, the article overstates the hazard.
The only exception is the talk about swim diapers, those things are serious biohazards that could get a lot of people sick at once. Also known as fecal tea bags. Sorry that was gross but I actually heard that term used
Um.....no. Your urine is sterile to you, but not to everyone else.
Oh for Pete’s sake - my friends and I went to public pools hundreds of times when we were growing up, and none of us got sick or died from it. It’s a safe bet pools were dirtier then than they are now.
Enough of this blasted nanny state crap.
Watch outa for da pee!
Ive had my face in worse places...
The only exception is the talk about swim diapers, those things are serious biohazards that could get a lot of people sick at once. Also known as fecal tea bags.
Hadn’t heard that term used before but it’s very apt and very descriptive.
If it's anything like my home-town lake, it probably contains the following:
Fish (to include waste products and dead fish)
Waterfowl (to include waste products and dead waterfowl)
Humans (to included waste products and, possibly, dead humans)
Pick-up trucks and cars
Waste products from pick-up trucks and cars
Boats - both floating and sunk (to include gasoline, oil, and anti-freeze leaked from engines)
Bottles, cans, and other various and sundry products that have been tossed or fallen from the beaches, docks, dams and boats.
Oh, and water.
I went to the public pool when I was a kid and I’ll bet there was more harm in the over-chlorination than any germs it didn’t kill.
You sure as heck didn’t want to get water up your nose because it would burn for days.
Urine is only sterile until it gets to the bladder.
I remind you that the test for bladder/urethral infections is -— unrinalysis: examining the urine for bacteria.
But the article isn’t actually discussing that. It indicates the nitrogen in urine degrades the chlorine faster - meaning the cleaning power of the chlorine is diminished, hence increased risk of nasty water.
Nevertheless, the CDC discussing this is a major waste of time.
The late great W.C. Fields was asked if he ever considered going on the water wagon to curb his prodigious drinking habit.
Concerning water, he replied “An abominable substance, my boy. Fish [fornicate] in it!”
Sure, use a private, home pool instead.
Going to the woods to poop on a cool morning is referred to as going to “pinch off a steamer”, so pooping in the pool would be “clipping loose a floater” ?
I swim in the river which is full of who knows what. My drinking water comes from a well about 50 feet of the river. The only time we got sick (death would have been a relief) from the water was decades ago when “they” decided to bring in helicopters to poison the undesirable fish?!? First, there were no undesirable fish and second, PEOPLE GET THEIR DRINKING WATER FROM THE RIVER!!!
Amen to that! It is absurd to let kids who are still in diapers in pools. Yuck. Besides, that it isn’t even safe for them, nor does it help them learn to swim. Kids can’t really learn to swim until their bodies are strong enough to hold up their heads properly - at least age 3.
Children have died from swallowing too much water in a pool, simply because they could not keep their heads out of the water.
Baby Ruth? lol
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