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      There has been quite a bit of talk lately about the water quality in San Diego because of the drought. Most people might not put these two together but they are related and it’s creating some news! The current findings are, “high amounts of bacteria and low oxygen levels in the region’s creeks and streams.” In this article, they highlighted the northern watersheds of San Luis Rey, Carlsbad, San Dieguito and Los Penasquitos as receiving “fair” ratings while San Diego, Pueblo, Sweetwater and Otay received marginal remarks. We’ve been pretty dry for four years now and, “without enough rain, the flushing and churning needed for normal stream function may be impaired, contributing to worsening water quality.” As a resident in the San Diego area, this should be concerning to you in many different ways but not just your drinking water. You have to be concerned about your swimming pool water too. Most people think that just because you use chlorine, your water will be fine! We want to highlight a few things in this blog post and how we can help!

      When dealing with bodies of water, some of the most common waterborne diseases are:

      • Campylobacteriosis, which is a bacterium with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
      • Cholera, which is a bacterium with symptoms of muscle cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.
      • Cryptosporidium, which is a bacterium with symptoms of diarrhea, stomach cramps, upset stomach and slight fever.
      • Shigellosis, which is a bacterium with symptoms of bloody stool, diarrhea, and fever.
      • Typhoid fever, which is a bacterium with symptoms of fever, headache, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and an abdominal rash.

      There are more but these are the most common ones with Cryptosporidium being the one that is most commonly seen. Knowing that the watersheds are being compromised because of the drought, this would be another reason to be concerned about the water quality in your swimming pool. If your water is affected because of the drought or because of human accidents you should be extremely careful about how you handle the situation because chlorine might now always be enough. Waterborne diseases can make you sick which means you have a couple of options with how to handle the water. Your first option would be to do a drain and refill of the swimming pool but that is a huge waste of water, especially in a drought and can take two-three days to complete! Whereas, with Pure Water Industries, you can actually recycle your swimming pool water with our mobile filtration trailer which will help purify your swimming pool water while conserving up to 85% of the water! Remember, just because your swimming pool water is blue and clear doesn’t mean it’s safe. If you’re concerned, you should have the water tested to ensure your safety!

      For more information on waterborne diseases and water quality check out a blog written by one of our service providers, Weber Pools in Dallas for more information.