LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- Public pools across the area are preparing to open this weekend, so making sure all are up to health code standards is a must. This year the parasite Crypto is the main concern for crews as they prepare for opening day.
Regardless of the amount of chlorine in the water, the parasite can still survive. In order for a pool to open this weekend, the health department must inspect and approve the facility. The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department said this is something they are taking seriously.
With Memorial Day Weekend comes lots of sweat, sunscreen and a need for a place to cool down. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says a parasite known as Cryptosporidium can be spread by people swallowing pool water contaminated with feces.
According to the CDC, the parasite Crypto can last anywhere up to 10 days in a chlorinated pool. Now the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is making sure this doesn't happen here.
Lafayette Parks and Recreation Operations Director Jon Miner said the pools in Lafayette have never failed a health code inspection.
He plans to keep up that streak especially when it comes to this.
"It can live in a lot of chlorine, that particular bacteria, that's one of the reasons we do the test daily," said Miner. "It's one of the reasons we monitor that chlorine level to make sure we can keep that at an appropriate level."
Aquatics and Equipment Supervisor Jason Spencer said the maintenance doesn't stop at the water. But the chlorine levels need to be checked regularly.
"It takes a lot of work to keep our chemicals in line," Spencer said. "We have chemical feeders and controllers that control and keep track and test our water continuously all day long."
The best way to avoid spreading germs and bacteria in the pool is to shower before jumping in. Another way to help is by making sure your kids are taking bathroom breaks throughout the day.