What Causes Pool Water To Turn Purple? [Answered!]

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Have you ever seen pool water that is a different color than the rest of the pool? Maybe it is a vibrant purple, or even a blue color that contrasts nicely with the surrounding water? If so, then there is a chance that your pool could be contaminated with bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 128,000 cases of bacterial infections are reported each year in the U.S. from swimming pools. Many of these cases are caused by contaminated water in the pool that is frequented by swimmers. Unfortunately, the symptoms of these infections can be quite unpleasant, and in rare cases they can even be life-threatening. Fortunately, there are ways that you can prevent bacterial growth in your pool, which I will discuss below. However, if you are seeing purple water, then there is a chance that your pool is infected, so it is important to address the issue as soon as possible.

What Is Bacteria?

Did you know that bacteria are one of the primary causes of infections in swimming pools? These tiny organisms can cause a variety of problems for swimmers, from mild to severe cases of infections. Fortunately, there are ways that you can limit or prevent bacterial growth in your pools. While there are several different kinds of bacteria that can contaminate pool water, the two most common causes of infections are E. coli and enterococci. E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea, as well as other types of health issues. For this reason, it is common for people to become very sick or even die from waterborne E. coli infections. Enterococci, on the other hand, are often found in the intestine, where they help the body in the digestion of food. However, they can also cause infections elsewhere in the body, including the respiratory system and the urinary tract. There are also various other types of infections that are caused by bacteria, such as cholera, tuberculosis, and leprosy, so it is extremely important to maintain a healthy bacterial balance in your pool.

Recommended Bacteria Counts For Pools

Now that you know what bacteria are and how they can contaminate your pool water, you can better understand the importance of keeping the bacterial population in your pool below a certain level. The CDC has published suggested levels of bacteria that should not be exceeded, based on the proportion of bacteria that is typically found in water sources. For example, if you have a freshwater pool with an abundance of bacteria, then the bacteria count should be around 200,000 cells/mL. If the bacteria level is below this amount, then there is no risk of harmful infections. If it is between 200,000 – 500,000 cells/mL, then there is a low risk of infection. If the bacteria level is above 500,000 cells/mL, then there is a possibility of infection, especially if the pool is not treated with chemicals or antibiotics on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the seriousness of bacterial growth in pools, so they do not take proper precautions, such as draining their pools or treating them with chemicals or antibiotics to keep the bacteria level low. If this happens, then it is almost certain that there will be an outbreak of infection among swimmers, causing a great deal of stress and even illness. This is why it is so important to maintain a healthy bacterial level in your pool, so that you do not expose yourselves or other swimmers to any risks.

Recommended Testing For Pool Water

In addition to keeping a healthy bacterial level in your pool, you should also test it on a regular basis for other bacteria and parasites, such as Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum. Did you know that these are some of the most common parasites in water sources, and they can cause serious illnesses if they are consumed by humans? Giardia lamblia can cause giardiasis, which is an intestinal infection that causes diarrhea and abdominal cramps. If someone ingests Cryptosporidium parvum, then they can experience serious intestinal problems, such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. Did you also know that these parasites can be transmitted through swimming pools, particularly if the water is not treated with chemicals or antibiotics? Even if you test your pool water for these parasites on a regular basis, it is still not always easy to find evidence of them, so you should still be aware of the risks that they pose, especially if you have a young child or elderly person in the family.

Recommended Chemicals For Pool Water

Did you know that there are certain chemicals that can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your pool? There are various different types of sanitizers and disinfectants, which are used to treat water that is in intimate contact with people, such as eating utensils, drinking glasses, and swimming pools. The chemicals that are often found in pool water sanitizers are chlorine, bromine, and iodine. Did you know that these chemicals are natural disinfectants, and they have been proven in medical studies to be effective in eliminating or reducing the amount of bacteria that is in your pool’s water? Although these chemicals are quite effective at killing bacteria, they should not be taken for granted, and you should still test your pool water on a regular basis, especially if you are seeing purple water. This is because the chemicals will break down over time, and eventually there will be no effect, or even a negative effect if there is too much of them. In addition, many of these sanitizers and disinfectants are quite toxic, so you should only use them in small amounts and for occasional cleanings, and you should not use them if there is a chance that you will be exposed to the chemicals via inhalation or ingestion. Small amounts of chemicals can be applied directly to the skin to reduce the risk of absorption and toxicity, so it is recommended that you wash your hands after applying them, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or throat.

The Importance Of Regular Cleanings

Did you know that proper maintenance can help to keep your pool clean and sanitized? It is well known that dirt, algae, and bacteria all collect at the bottom of a pool, so it is important to regularly clean it to keep the water fresh and clear. Did you know that there are various different types of automatic pool cleaners, which can be purchased or built by anyone that is practical? These cleaners will thoroughly wash and filter the water in your pool, removing all particles that are larger than five microns in size. If you use this type of cleaner, then you will not need to perform the chore of cleaning your pool on a regular basis, except for removing any debris that is collected at the bottom during a rainstorm or heavy windy day. In addition, most automatic pool cleaners come with a skimmer, which allows you to easily remove any particles that are trapped at the surface of the water, before they have a chance to grow and multiply. Just make sure that you purchase a pool cleaner that is approved for use in swimming pools and that is of a reliable make/model. If you use an inferior product that is prone to malfunction or breakage, then you could expose yourself or other swimmers to risks of infection, as well as damage to your pool’s structure. In addition, many pools require specific cleaning tools to be used in the proper manner, so you should research the proper way of cleaning your pool beforehand, to avoid any undesirable incidents.

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