Chlorine smell in pools linked to urine, feces

Chlorine smell in pools linked to urine, feces

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - If your pool water omits a strong smell of chlorine, it may not actually be what you think it is.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Swimming Program warns swimmers about the dangers of pool water. If the pool smells of harsh chlorine, the pool is contaminated. The strong odor is chlorine mixing with chemicals, urine, feces, sweat, and dirt.

The contamination can lead to extreme eye dryness, diarrhea, or chemical allergies.

Follow these simple steps from the CDC to help ensure safer water:

  • Wash off before entering a pool.
  • Don't swim with diarrhea.
  • Don't swallow the water.
  • Keep ears as dry as possible during and after swimming.
  • Don't swim with open wounds.

Chlorine levels should be between 1 to 3 parts per million and the pH should be between 7.2 to 7.8, according to the CDC. The levels are important because it will determine how effective the chlorine is.

If you're concerned about the water content, public pool officials should have a water report available. At home, test strips can be used.

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