Pool water sanitation is utterly important to ensure healthy conditions in swimming pools or similar recreational water bodies. Proper sanitation is needed to maintain the visual clarity of water and to prevent the transmission of infectious waterborne diseases. Contaminants added up swimmers can influence the pool water management.
Typical contaminants that decrease the water quality include microorganisms from infected users and body oils including sweat, cosmetics, suntan lotion, urine, saliva and fecal matter.
Additionally, the complex reactions between disinfectants and water contaminants can produce a mixture of chloramines and other byproducts. Pathogenic contaminants, i.e. microbes pose greatest hazard to the users leading to recreational water illnesses. Typical pathogens are viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi. Diarrhea, Cryptosporidiosis and Giardiasis are the most commonly reported illness associated with pathogenic contaminants, while ear, skin rashes and respiratory infections are also common.
Key to a well maintained pool is timely and thorough testing of feed and pool water.
- Coliform MPN
- Heavy metals Iron
- Odour (generic)
- Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP)
- Oxygen absorbed
- Residual chlorine
- Standard plate count
- Total alkalinity
- Total dissolved solids