Recreational Water Illnesses or RWIs increase when children play in communal water. Swimming pools that groups use should have mechanical filtration and chemical disinfectant systems. Operators of swimming pools must check and adjust disinfectant and pH levels frequently. In May 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the results of pool inspections in 15 public health jurisdictions. The study found that child care pools had higher levels of pool closures than pools in any other setting. The CDC warns against use of portable pools in child care settings: ”The larger number of children from different families in child care settings and schools can increase the risk for spreading RWIs…allowing larger numbers of children from different families to use these pools is likely to increase the risk of spreading diarrheal illnesses.” Pennsylvania regulates any body of water for swimming and bathing except those used only by the members of one family and their guests in a private residence. See the regulations at http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/028/chapter18/chap18toc.html. Contact your local Department of Health for details. ECELS recommends using sprinklers outdoors and free-flowing tap water in water tables to reduce the risks of drowning and spread of recreational water illnesses during water play in group care settings. For more information, go to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/steps-healthy-swimming.html
Reviewed and reaffirmed 5/2019.