CDC & CPSA Declare Pool Contractors & Pool Service ‘Essential’ During Covid-19
The CDC – (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) as well as the CPSA (California Pool & Spa Association) both advise homeowners and business owners to continue to service their swimming pools and water features during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although many businesses are currently closed due to the shelter in place protocols established in local communities, these bodies of standing water still require service.
Swimming Pools Require Constant Maintenance Even During a Pandemic
Swimming pools must be properly maintained and regularly serviced in order to prevent waterborne diseases and illnesses such as the West Nile Virus, Legionella, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other recreational water illnesses. Swimming Pool Service therefore is an ‘Essential‘ function during the health crisis in order to mitigate other diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that Covid-19 is not transmittable in water.
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
For more information, visit CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html.
Do Swimming Pools Cause Covid-19?
There is no evidence whatsoever that the Covid-19 virus can be spread through swimming pools. The close proximity of swimmers is what has many communities concerned and is preventing beaches and local pools from opening. The CDC advises that residential pool owners should still open and maintain their swimming pools according to their normal schedule.
CPSA Issues Alert
“It is critical that swimming pools and spas operated by hotels, motels, resorts, water parks, schools and fitness facilities continue to be properly serviced and maintained, especially during times of closure or reduction in staff. The same is true for the weekly servicing of residential pools,”