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How Clean is Your Neighborhood Pool?
DAYTON -- What's being done to make sure the water your kids are swimming in is safe? We waded in with health inspectors to test your neighborhood pools.
While you may be thinking about what's lurking in the water, it's actually what we, collectively, bring into the water on our bodies that poses the greatest threat to make people sick.
"Having two small children, I do know that accidents happen, so occasionally I will have that thought. Is it really clean out here? And you just don't really know," New Carlilse mother Keesha McKinney said poolside on Thursday.
Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County knows. A team inspects the 365 pools in the county before they open for the summer, and follows up with inspections weekly. Water quality changes throughout the summer.
"An increased number of swimmers put a demand on the chlorine residual in the pool. We want to make sure that we have minimum levels to properly disinfect and kill against bacteria and viruses," explained Jennifer Wentzel, Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County. "The dirt that's on kids will be entering in the pool and it ties up the residual so it doesn't do it's job against bacteria and other germs in the pool."
But just as important as the work that Jennifer and her team does is the part you play. Parents should demand frequent bathroom breaks and change diapers away from the pool. Most importantlym every person who touches the water should shower thoroughly first. Chlorine can only work so hard.
"We don't bring 'em here dirty! We certainly don't come from ball games or something like that. That'd be gross!" McKinney exclaimed.
With constant inspections and diligent parents, community pools can be a fun, safe refuge for kids all summer long.
To take a look at your local swimming pool's latest report click here.
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