We assume you’re interested in learning how to get rid of chloramines now that you’ve read about their harmful consequences. It’s kind of a case of good news and terrible news. The bad news is that there may not be much you can do if you spot chloramines in a public pool. Fortunately, there are measures you may take to lessen the presence of chloramines in your own backyard swimming pool.
Recommendations for Pool Rules
To help you maintain your swimming pool free of contaminants that result in the production of chloramines – and all the health hazards they are connected with – we’re going to suggest some extra restrictions in addition to those we’ve already advised posting and enforcing for individuals who use your backyard or indoor pool.
- All pool participants must use the restroom before entering the pool. You might even wish to set a timer for hourly “potty breaks” if there will be kids 10 and younger attending.
- Forbid anyone from accessing the pool if they have experienced diarrhea within the previous 24 hours.
- Require pool participants to do a fast shower before entering the water. This can help to prevent pollutants from entering the pool water and to lower the frequency of chloramines. Swimmers don’t need to completely wash their bodies and hair with soap and shampoo; even just rinsing off will help dramatically. By placing an outdoor spigot close to where your pool is situated, you may make this process less difficult.
- Ask people with long hair to wear a swim cap or at the very least secure their hair in some way. This guideline (along with #3) will not only enhance the general health of your swimming pool, but it will also help pool users to reduce the harm that pool chemicals may have on their hair. Swimmers should also rinse off immediately after completing their time in the pool.
Additional Safety Measures for Young Swimmers
You may want to take extra care if you have any friends or family members who are children who need diapers. Swim diapers may not be as effective at preventing bacterial contamination of pool water as many people believe. In actuality, Crypto-type microbes can enter the water in just a few minutes. We recommend that you remind parents to check their children’s diapers frequently and to change them somewhere other than the area directly around the swimming pool in order to avoid such diarrhea-causing RWIs from impacting other swimmers. You should be sure to let parents know where diaper-changing may occur and equip that area with a disposal device for used diapers as well as a hand-washing station.
Similar to safety regulations, these “pool rules” will be advantageous to everyone who uses your pool, but their effectiveness will depend on how well you communicate and enforce them.
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