Featured Articles on Water Quality for Aquatic Facilities

We have reviewed and excerpted articles and studies by industry leaders, government and medical resources.

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Is Your Indoor Pool or Water Park Safe?

Common pool chemicals accumulating above the pool, in the air where swimmers are breathing, is the newest emerging health concern in the field of indoor recreational water activities and has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. The frequency of waterborne diseases is increasing in water parks, spray parks and public swimming pools, resulting in record outbreaks of parasite Cryptosporidium (crypto), and the toxic Bacterium E Coli. Dr. Tarun Batra tackles this emerging health problem with a four-step process to restore health and vitality to your aquatic environment. 

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Improved Hygiene Helps Preserve Water Quality and Swimmer Health

It’s that delicate subject no one wants to discuss—urinating in the public swimming pool. Researchers at Purdue are shining a spotlight on the issue and found that 90 percent of uric acid introduced into pools comes from human urine. Once in the water, uric acid interacts with chlorine to form a potentially hazardous brew called “volatile disinfection by products.” These byproducts become airborne and affect many organs, including the lungs, heart and central nervous system by inhalation. Word to swimmers: Signs are posted – now you have a reason to obey.

Read more at purdue.edu
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Why Pools Smell

Explore the chemistry behind “pool smell”—a heady concoction of disinfectants and perspiration, oils and body waste that enters pools on the bodies of swimmers. This article takes a doctoral approach to a complex subject, transforming chemical reactions and processes into layman’s terms. No surprise, since the article is published by the American Chemistry Council.

Read more at americanchemistry.com
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The Chloramine Primer

This science-based article from Virginia Community College explores chloramines from several vantage points—chemical properties, benefits and drawbacks, toxicity, health effects (kidney dialysis patients, fishes and amphibians are warned to avoid chloramine-disinfected water), legislation, and corrosive effects. “In Washington DC (US), increased lead concentrations in drinking water caused by chloramine disinfection caused a fuss ….”

Read more at vss.edu

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Tap Water Linked to Stillbirths and Cancer … What About Swimming Pools?

Studies in three different countries link chlorine byproducts in tap water to higher risks of miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women and increased incidences of bladder and colon cancer. Other studies show that much higher levels of these chemicals are found in swimmers—the highest levels in the most active swimmers. What does this portend for today’s swimmers, and more specifically, competitive swimmers? This article is not about chloramines but trihalomethanes (THMs), which form when chlorine reacts with organic material. THMs are a widely recognized carcinogen

Read more at waterandhealth.orgswimming.about.com