Hygiene in the outdoor pool: the health risks are hiding outside the pool - Vaihingen 2

Hygiene in the outdoor pool: the health risks are hiding outside the pool – Vaihingen

The bathroom staff checks the water quality not only before opening the morning bath, but also during operation. Photo: Lichtgut / Achim Zweygarth

In outdoor pools, technology and staff perform hard work on days when the number of visitors is high to ensure the quality of the water. Each bather can contribute to hygiene.

Filder – The Herrenberg natural outdoor pool is closed because the authorized limit for enterococcus bacteria has been exceeded. In Sindelfingen, the pool was banned in the meantime because a power failure caused a technical fault. Swimmers should stay outside if the water quality can not be guaranteed. A great heat and many visitors are a challenge for the operators of the bath and for the technology that ensures the cleanliness of the pools.

Everyone can contribute to hygiene

"We are constantly monitoring water values," said Bäderbetriebe spokesman Jens Böhm. These include, for example, the pH of the water. In addition to the mechanical controls, the water quality in the outdoor pools of Vaihingen, Möhringen and elsewhere is measured manually several times a day. "Our water treatment is so good that it can cope with a high number of visitors," says Böhm. "If the values ​​are negative, countermeasures are taken immediately." This can be, for example, the addition of chlorine or fresh water, as stated by the president of Fildorado, Felix Schneider. "On days when there are a lot of visitors, the supply of fresh water is increased." Still in the fun pool of Filderstadt-Bonlanden, according to their own information, the quality of the water is monitored daily to be able to react quickly if necessary.

The high number of visitors means a lot of dirt in the outdoor pool. "Of course, the entrance of dirt increases with many swimmers," explains Schneider. Sunscreen, blades of grass and dirt landed in the pools. Each bather can contribute to the cleanliness of the bath water: take a shower before going for a swim. Thus, at least some of the contaminants are not found in the bath water but in the drain. "To shower before swimming is really useful, so as not to pollute the water excessively," Schneider said. "We are doing what we can to ensure the quality of water on our side," adds Böhm. The technique plays an important role in the cleanliness of water and the reduction of the risk of infection by germs. "And we appeal to all bathers to comply with the rules of hygiene."

The dangers are hiding out of the water

The higher "health risk" hides on the paths outside the pool, says Böhm. The dangers include slipping on wet ground, walking on a wasp or being infected by the athlete's foot. "You can counter such things by wearing shoes," says Böhm. He advises especially when visiting showers and toilets. Although there are more and more cleaners on high frequency days, germ contamination can not be ruled out. "But even here everyone can contribute to hygiene," says Böhm. Washing your hands after visiting the toilets, for example, should also go without saying in the outdoor pool.

Félix Schneider warns of health risks that are most harmful to health when visiting the bath but from the sun and heat. "It's important to drink a lot of water," says the CEO of Fildorado. And sunscreen protects against sunburn, a headgear provides good services to prevent sunstroke.