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Help keep public swimming pools clean

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

As temperatures heat up in East Texas, many of you may be heading to the pool, but experts say you need to be wary of pool water.

The CDC reports that over 27,000 people got sick from infectious disease outbreaks linked to chlorinated or treated water between 2000 and 2014, and 8  people died.

Tyler Special Events and Recreation Manager Debbie Isham says her staff works all year to provide safe facilities for the public.

“If there is an excessive heat,  which we are in Texas so we have some hundred degrees weather, and chlorine evaporates quickly,” said Isham.
 
Isham says two certified-pool operators are required to check on the pool's chlorine levels every two hours minimum.
 
“If there is a lot of people in the pool, then we check it more than every two hours,” said Isham.
 
There are ways the public can help to prevent disease outbreaks in public pools.

The CDC recommends to not swim, and not to let children swim, when sick with diarrhea. Also, do not swallow the water, and make sure to take kids on bathroom breaks every hour. Showering before you get in the water is recommended, as well.
 
“No clothes, and no undergarments,” said Isham. “A lot of people don’t realize they’re bringing in the bacteria in, in their clothes.”

All these preventative measures will lessen the risk of spreading germs, bacteria, and parasites.
 
A majority of the public pools in the East Texas area are monitored and regulated by the North Texas Public Health District. As of now, it reports that it has not received any notification of outbreaks in any East Texas permitted pool.

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