Cryptosporidium Waterborne Disease

When it comes to swimming in a residential or commercial swimming pool, the swimming pool water quality should always be your number one priority. Waterborne diseases like Cryptosporidium have been in the news a lot lately and should be a concern of yours. One very important point to remember is just because the water you are swimming in is clear and blue doesn’t mean that it is safe to swim in. Typically, this should be more of a concern of yours when dealing with commercial swimming pools but any body of water can contract with waterborne disease. Between human body oils, suntan lotions, urine, pool chemicals and dirt swimming pools even with high levels of chlorine can be dangerous to swim in. The purpose of this blog post is to inform you on what Cryptosporidium is, the warning signs that you should be aware of and how to remove it.

According to Wikipedia, “Cryptosporidium is a genus of apicomplexan parasitic alveolates that can cause a respiratory and gastrointestinal illness (cryptosporidiosis) that primarily involves water diarrhea (intestinal cryptosporidiosis) with or without a persistent cough (respiratory cryptosporidiosis) in both immunocompetent and immunodeficient humans.  One of the most common ways that Cryptosporidium enters into a body of water like a swimming pool is when feces are present. Cryptosporidium’s symptoms are diarrhea, stomach cramps, upset stomach and slight fever. They will make you extremely sick and when one is present you have several options.

  • Hyperchlorinate – this isn’t really an option but one that is suggested as a possibility. High levels of chlorine won’t guarantee removal of this waterborne disease
  • Drain and refill – this is the most common option but can take several days to do, can be dangerous to the interior finish of the swimming pool and can’t be performed with temperatures above 90 degrees.
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration – RO will remove waterborne diseases. With RO mobile filtration, you can actually recycle your swimming pool water which will not only purify the existing water but conserve up to 85% of it.

As a residential or commercial swimming pool owner, the threat of waterborne diseases is real. To ensure the best swimming pool water quality for others to swim in, choosing RO quality water will give you the best water to swim in. This process doesn’t require the pool to be shut down. You can actually swim in the pool during filtration which makes it safe to process 365 days a year. With RO filtration you also get the benefit of lowering the following:

  • Calcium Hardness
  • Total dissolved solids (TDS)
  • Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
  • Phosphates
  • Salts

If you’re looking to have the best swimming pool water quality, prolong the lifespan of your investment, or removing waterborne diseases from your swimming pool, contact us today! We guarantee to give you better water than tap and to increase bather comfort too!