Several pools fail health department inspections

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By Jasmine Norwood

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- There are countless rules at the pool, but a big danger is not above ground, it’s what's lurking in the water; the chemicals and bacteria that St. Joseph County inspectors check for daily.
 
Kevin Harrington with the St. Joseph County Health Department says plunging into a pool with too much chlorine, is not a good idea.

"It can start affecting your kidneys, also damage your eyes, your hair, your clothing, things like that."

A pool that does not have enough chlorine can be just as dangerous, it is a breeding ground for deadly bacteria like Ecoli.
 
While Potawatomi Park passed the tests. ABC 57 uncovered inspections that show several apartment complexes that did not pass and the health department temporarily shut them down.
 
According to Harrington, when it comes to bacteria like Ecoli, children and the elderly are most at risk.

"There are a number of factors that bring Ecoli into the pool: dirt, debris, dust, people getting in without showering." explained Harrington.

Not to mention the little swimmers who occasionally go to the bathroom in the pool. 

"This is where it gets graphic but the damage done to the water and the risk level depends on if it is solid or non-solid," said Harrington.
 
Experts say remember to be cautious and courteous when using public pools.

"If you are someone visiting a pool, shower before you get in and if you have had diarrhea with in the past two weeks you shall not use the pool because you can shed it and infect others."
 
Here are a few of the apartment complexes that had their pools closed temporarily because of what inspectors found: Georgetown Apartments, Clover Village, and Edison Point.  Their issues and violations have been resolved and they have reopened.
 
If you have questions or concerns about a pool that you frequent, reach out to the St. Joeseph County Health Department.

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