If a toddler poops while in a saltwater filtered pool does the pool need to be shocked?
Victoria - posted on 07/02/2011
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.
Emilie - posted on 07/01/2011
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.
Katherine - posted on 07/01/2011
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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