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Swimming pools: how do you know they're safe?

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - With warmer weather arriving, many people across the East will be heading to pools. But how do you know they're safe to swim in.

Keith Jernigan is with the Craven County Health Department. He says this time of the year is extremely busy as seasonal pools ask to be inspected so they can open to the public.

"We meet them out on site to look at things such as the safety equipment, the pool water quality and making sure the equipment is operating properly," said Jernigan.

But these types of on site inspections are few and far between.

Craven County only has 4 employees to inspect 55 pools. In Pitt County, there are only 7 employees to inspect 136 pools.

Jim Brown is in charge of these inspections in Pitt County, but he says his employees aren't responsible for just inspecting pools. Brown says the county tries to get out to pools to do an additional inspection in the middle of the summer.

"We feel like that's the greatest potential for health issues, for water quality issues," Brown said.

Among the factors that can affect water quality is body oil and tanning oil, which is one of the reasons pool operators say it is important to shower before swimming.

"You need to make sure the chlorine levels are high enough to aaccommodateany bather load coming in," said John Soper, a Certified Pool Operator. "So if it's going to be hot during the day you're going to need to keep the chlorine level high in the morning."

Pool operators are required to keep records of chemical levels and other safety checks. But health department officials say they know these records can easily be tampered with, so they're always on the lookout for suspicious activity.

"We do look for consistency in the reporting quality," said Brown. "If, as you mention, the temperature and the chemical levels are always the same, that's pretty much a red flag that someone's dduplicating(records)."

If you're concerned with water quality in your area, you're encouraged to contact you local health department.
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