Swimming Time!

Posted 5/16/2019 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

Swimming is one of the best parts of summer in Iowa! Many Iowans head to the swimming pool, pond, river, or lake to catch a break from the summer heat--not intending to catch a recreational water illness too.

The week of May 20th is Healthy & Safe Swimming Week. Delaware County Public Health wants to highlight the importance of healthy swimming and recreational water illness prevention. The goal is to stay safe this summer when swimming - protect yourself, your family, and fellow swimmers.

What is a recreational water illness? Swimmers can get sick when accidentally swallowing contaminated water in swimming pools, ponds, rivers, or lakes. Water can get contaminated in a variety of ways.

“For a healthy swimming experience, anyone with diarrhea needs to stay out of the water for 2 weeks after symptoms subside,” said Delma Hardin, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator. Other actions to help promote healthy swimming include:

  • Don’t swallow or get swimming water in your mouth
  • Shower before swimming (children too!)
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers
  • Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often
  • Change children’s diapers in a bathroom - not at poolside
  • Backyard “kiddie” or baby pools should add a chlorine solution

Delaware County Public Health wants everyone to enjoy their summer water experiences. By following these simple steps, you can help prevent recreational water illnesses for your family, friends, and neighbors.

For more information regarding healthy swimming or Crypto, visit cdc.gov/healthyswimming. You can also contact Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.