How to stay away from illnesses in public pools, lakes, and rivers this summer
With summer vacation on the horizon, we will start to see more people at our community pools.
We sat down with an official from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department to talk about how parents can keep their children safe from any germs or chemicals found in pools.
Lowe Wilkins, program manager for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Department of Environmental Health, said they inspect the 353 pools in Hamilton County.
If certain violations are found, he said they require pool management to close the pool or correct them immediately.
"Anytime people go into a pool, there's a risk," Wilkins said. "If a person has a fecal discharge then a person has entered a bacteria in the water."
If an accident happens in a pool, management should remove swimmers from the pool immediately, to prevent illness.
"Some of those bacteria that you could be concerned with are Cryptosporidium is one, E. coli, Norovirus, Hepatitis A, and salmonella," Wilkins said.
However, illnesses don't stop at recreational pools.
There are several water quality advisories from the state of Tennesee that show areas in the Tennessee Valley that advise people not to fish or swim.
We checked the list to find parts of Citico Creek, Chattanooga Creek and Stringers Branch on the bacteriological advisory list.
As for the fish advisory list, parts of Chattanooga Creek, Hiwassee River, Sequatchie River, Watts Bar Reservoir, and the Nickajack Reservoir were listed.