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Swimming pools and splash pads are central to summer fun. Our team helps pool operators maintain safe and healthy swimming pools. We inspect all public pools and spas in Mesa County every year. Last year, our team completed 87 inspections of pools, hot tubs, and other aquatic facilities.

We want people to have a healthy and positive experience this summer at water destinations in Mesa County. We work with these local facilities to make sure they are operating safely so you and your family can swim without getting sick or injured.


Most Common Germs in the Water

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common germs that cause swimming-related illnesses include Cryptosporidium (Crypto), Legionella, Norovirus, E. coli, and Giardia. Most of these germs are transmitted through poop. Chlorine kills most bacteria within minutes, however, some germs can live in the pool for days. Swallowing even a small amount of contaminated water can make people sick. 


Effective Prevention

The best way to protect everyone is to keep these germs out of the water. Do not swim if you are sick, especially if you have diarrhea. If you or your children have been sick with diarrhea in the last two weeks, you should stay out of the water. It’s also a good idea to shower before you swim.  While at the pool, don’t swallow any water while swimming. We recommend that parents take kids on regular bathroom breaks and check diapers every hour. While our team inspects public pools and aquatic facilities, make sure to treat your pool and hot tub at home as well.

Visit our website to learn more about inspections, and how to make sure your home pool and spa are safe.