AUSTIN (CR) — As the sweltering Texas heat continues to climb Austinites are flocking to pools, lakes, and water parks for a much needed cool down. However, what swimmers can’t see lurking beneath the water is a hidden danger that could end in illness.
Austin Public Health has issued a warning to summer fun seekers to beware of recreation water illness (RWI). While the refreshing water may seem tempting to drink or take a dip in, doing so is what spreads the illness.
While RWI is killed by chlorine it usually takes several days to eliminate the organisms. Even the cleanest pools are not immune to the illness.
Healthy swimming tips from the Center for Disease Control:
- Shower before and after you swim
- Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks before it’s too late!
- Don’t change diapers next to a pool or hot tub
- Never drink pool, lake, water park, ocean, fountain or hot tub water
- Stay home from a swim if you have diarrhea, you can spread germs and get other swimmers sick
- Avoid coming in contact with contaminated water
According to the CDC, pool owners should always check the pH levels of the water to ensure swimmers’ safety.