ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control, more pools are showing signs of fecal contamination. Albuquerque aquatic officials say there's not too much to worry about in city pools.
"We have great automated chemical controllers, we have state of the art pool equipment, we just recently installed over six ultra violet light sanitation systems," says Brandon Gibson, Aquatics Division Manager with the City of Albuquerque.
When something like a fecal incident occurs where germs can spread especially fast, the city says they have teams which address the situation immediately.
"As part of that permitting, they have to be inspected regularly, they have to use certified operators meaning every single facility has to have an operator that has completed either a local certification or a national certification," says Hal Senke, Epidemiologist with the City of Albuquerque.
"Not only do we check the chemicals throughout the day, various times and maintain those standards," adds Gibson.
That means checking things like chlorine and Ph levels of the water which can counteract germs and their spreading.
"There's a public obligation as well and the public obligation is when you're using a facility that you have to realize that we're all dependent on each other to do the right things," Senke said.
That means staying away from the pool altogether for at least two weeks if you've had a recent bout with diarrhea. It's also recommended to shower before entering the pool. Swimmers should also wash their hands, especially if you've used the bathroom or handled a dirty diaper. Another recommendation is to rinse yourself before you jump in the water if you've been sunbathing.
"We have very very good controls here and as long as people are doing their part, we're doing our part and they can feel safe with our pools," says Senke.
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