Recreational Water Illnesses(RWI),originate from swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks and other man-made water features. They are also spread through freshwater ponds and lakes, and even in some saltwater environments. Bacteria that cause an RWI include cryptosporidium, giardia, shigella, E. coli and norovirus. All these organisms thrive in non-chlorinated water. Exposure to an RWI can cause mild to severe diarrhea, gastrointestinal distress and eye, ear and skin infections.
Chlorine is added to water in swimming pools and other water bodies to control algae growth, get rid of insect larvae and kill harmful bacteria, viruses and pathogens. Chlorination keeps swimming pools, water parks, fountains and other water recreational areas clean by disinfection. It also helps prevent the occurrence and spread of RWIs.
The most common RWI is diarrhea. Swallowing water that has been contaminated with feces containing germs can cause diarrheal illness. It may seem like there is no stagnant water in swimming pools or water play area, but the spray water rinses all contaminants from the surrounding area into the water holding area. The infected water is recycled through the system. Electrochlorination will kill these bacteria and viruses and leave your pools, fountains or water parks safe and clean.
Not all decorative fountains are chlorinated or filtered. Therefore, algae growth is very common in most of the fountains which makes the water look dirty, smell bad and also tends to chock the nozzles of the fountain. Electrochlorination is the best solution to keep your fountain fresh and clean.