Healthy Swimming Tool Box
Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in. They are spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that turn into gas in the air and cause air quality problems at indoor aquatic facilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified twelve steps for the prevention of RWIs. These can be accessed here. A printable assessment tool for pool operators containing these twelve steps may be accessed here.
- Order water sample bottles (E-mail) from State of Michigan
- Water sample fees from State of Michigan
- Water sample laboratory from Kent County Health Department Regional Laboratory
- Order water sample unit from Kent County Health Department Regional Laboratory
- Public Swimming Pool Operator Checklist adapted from Washtenaw County Health Department
- Certified Pool Operator course locations
- Healthy swimming posters and educational handouts
- Healthy water educational material
- National Swimming Pool Foundation