Spotting an Unsafe Pool

Alert parents or caregivers often can spot unsanitary pool water before their children go in swim ming. Pool water should be clean enough so that objects are clearly visible at the bottom of the pool, and there should be no foaming or bubbling around the sides of the pool. Murky or foamy water may indicate the presence of bacteria or other organic matter.

Anyone who spots fecal matter in a pool should immediately notify the pool attendant or lifeguard, who should ask swimmers to leave the water immediately. The pool water needs to be tested and the chlorine levels raised, depending on the policy and initial chlorine level at the pool.

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