If a toddler poops while in a saltwater filtered pool does the pool need to be shocked?

Victoria - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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If a toddler poops while in a saltwater filtered pool does the pool need to be shocked or (feces removed) can the filter be trusted to kill any harmful bacteria like e coli from the water?

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Victoria - posted on 07/02/2011

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Of course the poo was removed and flushed.. lol Oh the things we must discuss as parents... I found an article by the CDC that said with solid waste incidents typically its safe to resume swimming after the pool has filtered for 45 mins.... Id give it an hour.. Except in cases of diarrhea where the pool should certainly be shocked and left alone for 24 hours minimum. Luckily this was a "solid" incident with a 3 yr old who is not ill.

Katherine - posted on 07/01/2011

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Well I guess you should shock it then. Better be safe then sorry.

Emilie - posted on 07/01/2011

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The pool does need to be shocked. This has happened to my brother in law while at the camp ground. His son pooped in the pool and he didn't have a swim diaper on so it came out into the pool. The pool was shut down for a few hours so it could be cleaned and shocked.

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The feces should always be removed, filters can't handle solid matter. I would still shock it. Why take the chance? It can take hours for the bacteria to die on it's own.

Katherine - posted on 07/01/2011

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Yes, the salt water sets up a hypertonic environment. Thus the water(solvent) in the bacteria would diffuse out of the bacterium by a process called "osmosis", Because of the loss of water, the bacteria will shrivel up and eventually die.







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