Los Angeles News
Bacteria In LA County Swimming Pools
By Camille Sarabia
Jul 5, 2013 - 3:35:31 AM

LOS ANGELES—Bacteria in restrooms pose a threat to public swimming pools during the summer. According to a thorough investigation, thousands of Los Angeles county pools are providing negligent public restrooms that are ridden with harmful bacteria.  Bacteria particles are transferred to public swimming pools and can be harmful to the public. It also violates the Los Angeles County health codes.


According to the LA county public and environmental health codes, “The Recreational Waters Program is responsible for the enforcement of laws and regulations relating to approximately 3,200 public pools in Los Angeles County. This includes swimming pools, spas, wading pools and special purpose pools located at hotels and motels, public and private schools, health clubs, city and county parks, mobile home parks, resorts and organizations, medical faculties, and water theme parks.”  They are responsible for making sure that each public water area is clean and in non-violation of the health codes set.  



Seventy-three pools were found to have health violations concerning chlorine, algae, debris, cloudy water and dirty bathrooms and showers.  Health codes mandate the pools should be looked at twice a year, but many are looked at once.  


Some of the Recreational Water services includes: evaluating the pool's recirculation and purification system such as filters, pumps, skimmers, main drains, return lines, flow meters, pressure gauges, chlorinators, and acid feeders and evaluating visual quality of water and cleanliness of pool walls, floors, water line tiles, coping, skimmers and deck area.


If swimming in a public pool, the Centers for Disease and Control advises to shower with soap before entering the pool, to not swallow shallow water, to take children on frequent bathroom breaks and to ask the pool operator about the latest inspection.


For more information on how to protect yourself and others from harmful public swimming pools go to http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/.

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