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Swimming Pools

                Swimming pools are susceptible to contamination. Disease causing organisms may be introduced from many sources but are mainly associated with bathers. These organisms may be brought into pool on bathers' skin, in their saliva, urine and faeces. Contaminated water can lead to a variety of diseases including diarrhoea and skin, ear and upper respiratory infections, particularly if the swimmers head is submerged or the water swallowed. Aesthetically appealing pool water that is looking clear, may be vulnerable, unless the system is designed and operated to disinfect contaminants from bathers. Proper pool water management starts with analysis of Pool Water. The Pool water test should be performed to ensure certain levels of pool chemicals and also to monitor the presence of indicator microorganisms causing operational problems that could result in infections. Pool water test will establish bacteriological and chemical characteristic of swimming pool water. Hence, testing pool water frequently alerts the pool water managers to take corrective action in case of positive analysis. Periodic testing of pool water for aesthetic and bacteriological safety is an essential public health requirement.

Swimming Pool - Water Sample Collection Guide.

Interpreting Pool Water Quality Test (PQT) Results.



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