CDC reports most public pool water has fecal contaminations

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WICHITA, Kansas– A new report by the federal government makes a disturbing claim saying a lot of public pools in the country are contaminated with human feces.

Many families are hoping to stay cool this summer by jumping into their neighborhood pools, but a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some people rethinking their plans.

“I’m not surprised kids use the bathroom in the pool,” said Brandon Johnson, concerned parent.

According to the report, researchers found that 58% of pools in Atlanta were contaminated with E. coli– a bacteria found in human feces.

Based off of that study, researchers believe public pools across the country are facing the same problem.

“We have filtration systems that run the pool water through those and then it re-circulate,” said Karen Holmes, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Wichita. “We test the water frequently during the day to make sure the pool chemistry in the water is good.”

In the past two years Holmes doesn’t recall of any major contaminations at any of the city’s public pools.

But when feces or vomit appear in the water then the city takes immediate actions to protect swimmers.

“We close the pools to make sure that it’s safe and that we can get it back to being clean for the remaining participants,” said Holmes.

We’re told the pool water has to be drained completely and filled back up. Water must then be filtered through the Diatomaceous Earth system twice to make  sure all contaminants are out.

KSN News learned that the process can be costly, but Holmes argue nothing is more important than the safety of swimmers.

The CDC recommends that swimmers shower before going for a swim, and if you do get out of the pool then be sure to do a rinse shower before getting back in the water.

Swimming pools in the City of Wichita are slated to open Memorial Day.

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