Swimming Hygiene

December 12, 2005  Policies, Recreation
Dec 122005
 

Background

We have been reviewing the swimming pool hygiene roles and regulations to determine whether they are consistent with the latest information available as to possible sources of water borne diseases. Over the past several weeks, the latest available health code for Tucson and Pima County was acquired, reviewed, and discussed as well as recent pertinent information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. A presentation was made to the board on Monday. May 21, 2001. Questions, a discussion, and options were considered. The result of our review reinforces the present prohibition against the pool being used by persons who normally wear diapers or who may be experiencing periods of incontinence. We recognize that for infants there are baby diapers, i.e., Huggies, Little Swimmers, etc. Inquiries to the manufacturer resulted in their refusing to guarantee that such infant diapers are impervious to leakage.

Swimming Pool Safety & Health Concerns

Swimming pool water must be filtered, treated with chemicals, and tested (monitored) to protect the public safety. High levels of chlorine are maintained particularly to minimize coliform organism contamination (i.e. various bacteria). Most of this potential contamination principally involves liquid and airborne organisms and is manageable with chlorine treatment.

Concern expressed for -solid waste contamination (i.e. diapers, etc.) involves three types of microorganisms: bacteria (E. coli & Shigella), viruses (Hepatitis A & HllV), and parasites (Cryptosporidiam & Giardia). The latter two parasites are more chlorine resistant and NOT removed by conventional sand filtration systems. These parasites represent severe risks not only for healthy people but also for immune-compromised persons (e.g. chemotherapy patients, various patients with immune diseases and HIV infection). Moreover, the cost (to be borne by all homeowners) would be quite large for draining a pool, replacing all moving parts in the filtration system, and extensive decontamination to remove parasitic organisms. Multiple treatments would be required to certify pool safety after solid waste contamination.

Conclusion

WE ARE REAFFIRMING THE CURRENT PROHIBITION AND REQUEST ALL POOL USERS TO MONITOR USAGE OF THE POOL TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION.

{Adopted by SMVEHOA Board of Directors on May 25, 2001}

Ref: CC&Rs, By Laws, Rules and Regs – Combined Reissue 2005