Splash Recreational Water Safety Splash

Public health inspectors monitor pools, spas and wading pools regularly to ensure that these public facilities meet specific guidelines and regulations regarding water treatment and safety requirements.

Pool water is shared by every swimmer, therefore it is not sterile. Epidemiological evidence indicates that recreational water activities present a potential public health risk to bathers, particularly children.

Recreational Water Illness (RWI)

Body fluids such as urine, sweat, feces and saliva can transmit bacteria, viruses and parasites into the water, and should the recreational water be improperly disinfected and/or the filtration equipment malfunctioning, there is an increased chance of acquiring a Recreational Water Illness (RWI). A RWI is acquired and spread through breathing, swallowing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads. Germs that can cause a RWI are normally killed by chlorine or other types of disinfectants, however if present they can cause a wide variety of symptoms including gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, ear, and eye and wound infections.

Preventing a RWI requires a concerted effort and multidisciplinary approach involving pool staff, swimmers and the Health Department.

Source: Wellington Dufferin Guelph Health Dept.

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