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How safe is your public pool? Half of all Americans use swimming pools instead of showers


Summer and triple digit temperatures are here, but before you go jumping in that public pool, listen up.

A new study says half of all Americans use the swimming pool to get rid of sweat or dirt instead of just taking a shower. The sweat and other things on our bodies react with the chlorine, meaning there’s less of that chemical available to kill germs.

In an effort to keep those public pool safe, county inspectors go to public pools and test the water.

In Fresno County alone, there are some 1,300 public swimming pools and spas at apartments, schools, day care facilities, and other locations.

The county has about 25 pool inspectors who perform inspections, at minimum of twice a year.

“If there is chlorine in there, it will turn a pink or reddish color,” says Gary Chugg.

Chugg is a Fresno County pool inspector.

He doesn’t just check the chemical levels of public pools but it’s surroundings, all in the name of safety.

He makes sure gates latch on their own, the proper signs are out, along with safety equipment.

Then he moves to the pumps, to make sure the water is flowing and filtering correctly.

While checking out a pool at Malaga’s Community Center, Chugg says, “The water looks pretty clear, no debris in there, no algae growing inside the pool.”

While the pools at the community center did pass the test, others in the county have not.

A search of Fresno County Public Health records show, as of Monday June 17, 2019 three public pools in Fresno County are closed.

Inspectors say they found no chlorine in the water at the Marks Escalon Condos at 3010 W. Escalon Ave, along with the Horizon Condos at 474 E. Alluvial in Fresno.

Inspectors also closed the pool at the Bridgewood Crossing Apartments at 5655 N. Marty in Fresno because part of the fence is missing creating a gap for a small child to enter.

Here is a link to the county’s inspection reports.

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