How clean are Colorado Springs public pools?

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A local pool / Kody Fisher -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — While a dip in the pool may sound good as the temperatures go up,  where you swim you could be putting your health at risk.

We tested four different places on Wednesday – two public pools, one apartment complex pool, and even one water splash park.

We didn’t tell any of the places we tested that we were coming, because we wanted to get a true reading of what the water is like on a normal day.

Before you throw on your flip-flops and walk to your closest local pool, you might want to think about getting some pool testing strips – they test the chemical levels in the water.

Our first stop was an apartment complex.

They were right in the range where they needed to be for chlorine and alkaline; maybe a little low on PH and a little low on calcium hardness, but nothing too out of the norm.

Then, it was on to the pool at Monument Valley Park.

The chlorine there was on the very low end, if not borderline of not being in the safe level of chlorine that should be in a pool. Everything else looks pretty much spot on in every other category.

“If it’s right at the border and you have a number of people going in the pool or spa then that number could drop considerably very quickly,” said pool expert and owner of Colorado Pool & Spa, Teks Rick Purkey.

If chlorine levels drop, “anybody that goes in the water. Any bacteria that’s on their body, or inside their body will be subjected to the water and anybody in the water could pick up that illness, sickness, disease,” said Purkey.

Next up was the public pool in Manitou Springs.

Chlorine there looked pretty spot on, but it might be just a tad low in the alkaline and it looked pretty low for the PH.

Our pool expert said low or high PH usually means the water could just irritate your eyes more.

One of the alternatives to taking your family to a public pool is bringing them to a public splash park like the one at America the Beautiful Park.

The levels for the splash park were all pretty on point.

When you’re at any public pool, look for water clarity.

“The pool is cloudy, you can’t see the bottom very well, it’s very possibly zero chlorine,” said Purkey.

On top of the testing strips, you can get a bottle of Taylor #2 – that’s something pool technicians use to measure chlorine. All you have to do is put one drop in the water. If it turns purple that means there’s enough chlorine in the pool.

If not, don’t jump in.

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