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Private Swimming Pool vs. Public Swimming Pool – Know the Difference ( part 2)

Community Pools

Community pools help people come together. They give an opportunity for family gatherings. But, say that you live in a closed community or at an apartment complex with a swimming pool, it may have more disadvantages than you think. Let's take a look at them:

  • 1. Rules and Regulations – it will give you all the information about the community oasis including hours of operation, water quality and any other information that you need to know, especially about the filter system.
  • 2. The property owners can establish their own rules. If you don't suggest and put it to vote, the chances are that you will be upset by some "rules that don't apply."
  • 3. Want to have a pool party? It may limit the number of people to your "private" pool party, and it may cost you in the long run.
  • 4. Pets are never allowed in a community swimming area.
  • 5. In some states, it's not an obligation to have lifeguards during day hours. So, how safe would you feel if you have your children in the pool?
  • 6. Maintenance fees include swimming pool maintenance. Unfortunately, not all administrative building workers are diligent in keeping the community pool clean.
  • 7. Not everyone bothers to take care of a community property like it was their own home. Unfortunately, many leave cigarette buts, food or bags full of garbage in the community area.
  • 8. The worst of all – when people who are not your neighbors or residents get the code to come into the swimming pool. More unwanted guests mean more bacteria into a community pool.

Public Swimming Pools

Many people believe that community pools have fewer advantages, but there is nothing compared to what a government agency points out about public swimming pools. Here are the raw facts courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • 1. The average swimmer deposits 0.14 grams of fecal matter in pool water.
  • 2. One in five people in America admits urinating while in a swimming pool.
  • 3. 35% of swimmers don't shower before getting into the pool (that means fecal matter, dead skin, loose hair, lotion, sweat….)
  • 4. Public pools will get you sick due to the accumulation of bacteria. No matter how much chlorine is in the pool, organic contaminants consume it, leaving less chlorine to do the job. In other words, mixing organic matter with chlorine is lethal. The combination is linked to lung and skin irritation, liver and bladder cancer, allergies, and asthma.
  • 5. Public indoor swimming pools are not as safe as many people think. Studies indicate that swimming regularly in an indoor pool can cause upper and lower breathing problems like lung congestion, asthma, lung irritation and other breathing difficulties. Thanks to the chloramine that settles above the water's surface, the swimmers breathe this and, eventually can even affect bronchial health.

The health issues are not the only disadvantages exposed by a public swimming pool.

Other Problems Include:

  • 1. Operational Hours – You won't find an open pool for midnight or early swim. And, don't even think of getting that de-stressed release after work and before dinner. Most public pools are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 2. Seasonal – Most northern states have their public swimming pools open only in the summertime. Don't expect to find a heated public swimming pool offseason.
  • 3. Forget about pool parties – chances are…good luck! Not all public swimming pools will let you have a "private party" unless you pay a lot of money to have an event.
  • 4. Admission Fees – Oh yes! If you are looking to swim for 15 minutes, is it worth paying for using the pool? You may have to deal with losing the benefits of regular swimming.
  • Drive to the nearest public swimming pool means spending more money on gas.

We cannot disregard that some public swimming pools are well kept, with a staff that encourages swimming teams and swimming lessons in their neighborhoods. But, if you are a homeowner who is looking to increase the value of the property, we encourage you to check your local pool construction company.

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