Many families enjoy visiting public pools to beat the heat and spend some fun family time froclikcing in cool waters. But public pools are often fraught with bacteria. In fact, government reports show that one in eight public pools was shut down after failed inspections. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many public pools that had their water quality tested failed, many of which are kiddie or wading pools. 

Every year, as many as 20 outbreaks of diseases are caused by dirty public swimming pools, and one-quarter of theses outbreaks are the result of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that could have been avoided if the pools were chlorinated and monitored appropriately. Hazardous substances like E. coli, Giardia, and cryptosporidium parasites can run rampant in public swimming pools that don’t have proper chlorine and pH levels. People exposed to such bacteria and viruses can experinece symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, stomach pain, and dehydration.

Even if you smell chlorine in public pools, that doesdn’t necesssarail ymean the water is clean. Instead, that smell is often chloramines, which is comprised of a mixture of chlorine, bacteria, sweat, and urine. That mean’s the pool’s water is very dirty and needs its chlorine and pH levels tested. A healthy swimming pool should have no such strong odor. 

Why take that chance? Instead of venturing off to a potewntially dirty public pool, you can have your own pool installed by a trusted Austin pool builder in your backyard. That way, you can enjoy clean and healthy pool water that you can test and monitor on your own or by a profesisonal. 

This year, have your own pool installed by your local Austin pool builder today!