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Don’t Drink The Butt Water!

Crypto is Contracted by Swallowing Contaminated Pool Water!

This is why we hear about “outbreaks” and facility closures in the NEWS on such a frequent basis. People dip their butts in the pool water. Yes, people should obey the Shower Before Swimming law, but no matter how much a person scrubs their backside with soap before they get in, the pool is still a giant vat of butt water!

Can you imagine taking a cup of water from a stranger’s bathtub after they get out and then taking a sip?

A properly maintained pool is safe to swim in, but the water is NOT safe to drink. Swimming pool water is not potable. Is it all contaminated with crypto? Probably not, but why would you want to chance it. If you’re thirsty get a bottle of Poland Spring. Crypto is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, so rule #1: Don’t drink the Butt water!

crypto CDC Alexander J. da Silva, Ph.D.; Melanie Moser

Crypto is extremely resistant to chlorine, so maintaining proper water chemistry is not enough. Treating the incident per the CDC’s fecal incident response procedures in case of a diarrheal event (crypto is typically not the concern with a solid stool) is essential in these instances, but this is reactive and is not implemented, obviously, for the unknown contamination folks bring in on their persons.

Click photo for CDC Fecal Incident Response Recommendations

People do carry slight amounts of fecal matter into the water on their buttocks – back to shower b4 swimming law (YES!!! showering b4 swimming is the LAW for public pools & waterparks) for 1st level of prevention, followed by the best preventative measure: Not Swallowing Butt water.

Similar Article: Oh Crap, Someone Pooped In The Pool!



Rudy Stankowitz is a 30-year veteran of the swimming pool industry and President/CEO of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Terry Arko

    According to the EPA adults who are actively swimming unconsciously swallow up to an ounce of pool water per hour and kids 2 ounces. So even though you can make a conscious effort. Some pool water is going to be swallowed let’s hope it is not but water.

    1. Rudy Stankowitz

      Agreed Terry, and valid point. They can, however, discourage children (or themselves) from intentionally drinking or allowing pool water into their mouths. That is the intent of the message here.

  2. Francisco

    Informative article! Will definitely be taking extra care when swimming in the future..

  3. Darcy

    This just gave me something think about next time I go swimming. I definitely will be keeping my head above the

  4. Stephanie Chima

    So so glad I read this, my kids might be drinking them

  5. Ellen | Zyrakuma

    This is pretty much the reason why I don’t go swimming anymore. Haha just kidding! But seriously, children tend to do their “thing” in the pool water and I feel disgusted that I use to swallow the pool water when I was younger.

  6. Amaya

    oh wow, this is something we would have never thought. If only everyone obeyed the pool rules.

  7. Kelly Wijaya

    As an active swimmer, I got to say this is really something that I need know of. Thanks for the info!

  8. Polly

    Rudy, your posts always cracks me up. I always enjoy how you deliver it.

    I can’t stress enough how important it is to shower first before you dive in the pool but it seems some are just too hard-headed (or excited to swim). I enjoy swimming and last month, I was in the pool 2 times a week. Now I kind of feel icky thinking about it. Hahaha! Thank you for the informative post!

  9. Evan

    Disturbing “butt” interesting fact, will think twice about swallowing pool water.

  10. Kaye

    How is this article so funny and informative? I think I’m going to pin it to a humor board…I need to make a new one for this. Something like “funny but important”. Love this article so much!!

  11. Neil Alvin

    My gosh, I happen to have swallowed a teaspoon of water during my last swim. I hope I don’t get this one. Yikes.

  12. Lorita

    Yesss there’ a lot of disgusting things that people do in the water. Need to remind ourselves constantly not to swallow any when swimming in the public pool

  13. Marcos K.

    so, I’m never visiting a pool again!
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Hackytips

    Ahhh!! Now I know something and can spread awareness about it. Thanks for the detailed guide. Very helpful.

  15. Maysz

    Such a great article that we can use in our lives thank you for sharing this kind of awareness 🙂

  16. Jenn ~ onehoppymomma

    A great reminder to teach our kids! I don’t think people realize that our digestive track is permeable, unlike our skin.

  17. Life with Marrs

    wow, really great information! will definitely think twice before I attend another pool party…

  18. Bindu Thomas

    Eeww. This is such an important piece of information. Keep your heads above the water, folks.

  19. Anosa

    After reading this post I don’t think I have to set foot in the pool ever again

  20. Claudia Caminero

    This makes me not want to swim. I mean who knows what people do.

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