1 in 8 public pools were shut down in 2008 because of dirty water or safety issues

Friday, May 21, 2010


Study: 1 in 8 pools shut down in 2008

A new government report shows one in eight public swimming pools were shut down two years ago because of dirty water or other problems, like missing safety equipment.

Kiddie pools were most likely to carry the most germs, from fecal matter and improper chlorination.

The report is based on more than 120,000 inspections of public swimming pools in 2008, including those in parks and hotels. It is the largest study of the topic ever done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the report.

Each year, there are about 15 or 20 outbreaks from stomach bugs blamed on pools, the CDC said. Studies suggest a quarter of them are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites that should have been killed by proper pool treatment and chlorination.

Before you go swimming, the CDC suggests buying test kits from hardware stores and checking the water at public pools. Health officials also say people who've had diarrhea shouldn't swim; and everyone should avoid swallowing pool water.

-- Associated Press


Shooting incident ends at a Wal-Mart

Two police officers doing anti-drug work were fatally shot by two men with AK-47s along a busy Arkansas interstate Thursday, and the suspects later died in a shootout that injured the local sheriff and a deputy in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot, authorities said.

Officers pulled over a white minivan with Ohio license plates while "running drug interdiction" on Interstate 40 in east Arkansas, said West Memphis Police Inspector Bert Shelton. Two men got out of the van with the assault rifles and opened fire on the officers, he said.

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