How safe are city pools?

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POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 6:51am

The city pools in McAllen are tested every morning and even more often on days there are swim classes.  

That's welcome news to parents, who may be concerned about a Centers for Disease Control study that found nearly three out of five swimming pools in Atlanta have traces of e.coli.  That's a bacteria that comes from human feces. 

"I'll make sure the pool's clean, because if it's not, I won't put them in there because they start getting sick," said Raul Garza Jr., who brought his two children to an Edinburg pool on Monday. "I'll make sure everything's clean and if I see something, I'll be telling them hey, 'there's poop there or something.'" 

Garza admits he's aware of the germs lurking everywhere.  

"I wash my hands like 100 times a day because I work at IHOP, so I'm always cleaning my hands," Garza said. "Everything that I touch, I clean them, too. I always wash their hands like every ten minutes."

The CDC has several tips to keep yourself safe and clean at public pools. Those tips include changing your child's diaper frequently and not swallowing pool water.  Another tip  is something the city of McAllen requires, which is rinsing off in the shower before going swimming.  

"It's just to keep everybody safe, our public is very understanding, they say sure; that's something that's expected," said McAllen Deputy Parks Director Mike Hernandez. 

McAllen has four certified pool operators for the city's three pools.  All of the pools are closed on Mondays so workers can clean the water.  

"When you come to a swimming pool in McAllen, rest assured that if the pool is open, the water is safe to be swimming in," Hernandez said.  

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