Swimming Pool Fact vs. Myth

From Swimming Pool Steve

Swimming Pools have possibly generated more urban legends than any other amenity.  Whether it is a real or imagined sensitivity or allergy to chlorine, or it is the legend that water turns colors when urine is introduced, these canards are all explored in this post by Swimming Pool Steve.  Click here to read if you have been spoon fed one of these urban myths in your lifetime!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

How Germs Get In The Swimming Pool, Scientific American via Huffington Post

By Larry Greenemeier

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As the summer winds down and Labor Day weekend approaches in the U.S., beaches and public pools will be filling up with swimmers looking to take one last dip outdoors before the season ends. Most people will hit the water without worrying about the microscopic organisms they'll be swimming with. Maybe that's for the best, considering what those organisms are and how they're introduced to swimming holes.

The protozoan organism Cryptosporidium, one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease, has become a major problem in swimming pools, says Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona who's spent decades studying how pathogens are transmitted. Crypto is a microscopic parasite with a tough outer shell that allows it to survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools.