WEDCO District Health Department & Home Health Agency  

Serving Harrison, Nicholas, Scott, and Bourbon County Home Health 

Swimming Pool

This program deals with public bathing facilities. Annual, follow-up and monitoring inspections are conducted by local health department environmental program staff.

 


KRS 211.180 - Functions of Cabinet in regulating certain health matters -- Inspection fees -- Hearing


KRS 211.990 (Section 2) - Penalties.


902 KAR Chapter 10; Section 120 - Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilities


KRS 211.180 - Functions of Cabinet in regulating certain health matters -- Inspection fees -- Hearing


KRS 211.990 (Section 2) - Penalties.


902 KAR Chapter 10; Section 120 - Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilities

 

Recreational Water Illness

- Illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in.

 

Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill all germs instantly. There are germs today that are very tolerant to chlorine and were not known to cause human disease until recently. Once these germs get in the pool, it can take anywhere from minutes to days for chlorine to kill them. Swallowing just a little water that contains these germs can make you sick.

 

Recreational water illnesses (RWis) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWis can also be caused by  chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water  and cause  indoor air quality problems.

 

RWis include a wide variety of infections, such as gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea. Diarrheal illnesses are caused by germs such as Crypto  (short for  Crvptosporidium ), Giardia, Shiqella, norovirus and E. coli  0157:H7. With RWI outbreaks on the rise, swimmers need to take an active role in helping to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs. It is important for swimmers to learn the  basic facts about RWis so they can keep themselves and their family healthy every time they swim.

 

In the past two decades, there has been a substantial  increase  in the number of RWI outbreaks associated with swimming. Crypto, which can stay alive for days even in well-maintained pools, has become the leading cause of swimming pool-related outbreaks of diarrheal illness. From 2004 to 2008, reported Crypto cases increased over 200% (from 3,411 cases in 2004 to 10,500 cases in 2008).

 

Although Crypto is tolerant to chlorine, most germs are not. Keeping chlorine at recommended levels is essential to maintain a healthy pool. However, a 2010 study found that 1 in 8 public   pool inspections resulted in pools being closed immediately due to serious code violations such as improper chlorine levels.


References

 

l.             CDC. Cryptosporidios is surveillance - United States. 20 09-20 1 0 . MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012;61(5505 ):1-12.

 

2.             CDC. Violations identified from routine swimming pool inspections - Selected states and counties. United States. 2 00 8 . MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2010;59(SS19

 

For more information go to  cdc.gov