Fecal Accidents in Public Water Facilities

Fecal matter has been proven to be a source of gastrointestinal disease organisms such as Pseudomonas, some forms of Hepatitis, Giardia, Legionella, Staphylococci, Cryptosporidium, and Shigellosis.  Bloodborne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B are not transmitted through pool water since these organisms cannot survive outside the human host.  Proper response to  fecal accidents can limit the number of health related Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI's). 

Procedures for responding to a fecal or other gastrointestinal event in a public swimming pool are outlined in Rule 410 IAC 6-2.1.  If such an event occurs in your facility, a Swimming Pool Contamination Incident Record is required to be completed and maintained in your facility for 1 year.





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