A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that almost 80 percent of inspected public pools in the U.S. violated at least one of the health and safety rules.
The report, published last week, was based on the inspection of public pools and other aquatic venues in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas. These states were the focus of the research because they contain around 40% of the nation’s public water facilities. Overall, 84,187 routine inspections were performed at 48,632 unique locations.
The most surprising findings of the study revealed that one in eight pools inspected had to be closed immediately because of the severity of the health and safety violation. Most of the closures were due to dirty and potentially dangerous water, according to Seeker.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the most common problems were issues with the pools’ pH level, problems with safety equipment, or problems with the concentration of disinfectants.
“No one should get sick or hurt when visiting a public pool, hot tub or water playground […] That’s why public health and aquatics professionals work together to improve the operation and maintenance of these public places, so people will be healthy and safe when they swim.”
“No one should get sick or hurt when visiting a public pool, hot tub or water playground,” said the director of the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Dr. Beth Bell. “That’s why public health and aquatics professionals work together to improve the operation and maintenance of these public places, so people will be healthy and safe when they swim.”
Yet, the study is not representative of the entire nation due to its small size and concentration in just a few states. Therefore the results do not necessarily reveal the conditions of pools and other aquatic facilities across the nation.
Despite these reports, the CDC is still encouraging Americans to use swimming pools this summer, according to CNN. The national public health institute asserts that swimming is a great way for children and adults to get aerobic physical activity and says that it’s the fourth most popular sport activity in the United States.