Surveillance of the sanitary conditions of a public swimming pool in the city of Palermo (Italy).

Maida Cm; Di Benedetto Ma; Firenze A; Calamusa G; Di Piazza F; Milici Me; Romano N

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Abstract

In a previous study we evaluated the microbiological quality of water of seven pools in the city of Palermo through evaluation of bacterial indicators of faecal contamination and of protozoa (Giardia and Cryptosporidium). In this study we also searched for the presence of fungi in two swimming pools of a public swimming facility in the same city. Samples were collected from both pools, their filtration systems and floor surfaces of the facility. Chemical-physical and microbiological examination of water of the two pools have shown that quality of water depends on the concentration of residual free chlorine and on the number of bathers in the pool. The values of four microbiological parameters (bacterial load at 22 degrees C and 36 degrees C, presence of coagulase-negative Staphylococci and Pseudomonas spp.) increased with diminishing chlorine concentrations and with increasing number of pool users. Faecal bacteria, Giardia and Cryptosporidium were not found. On the other hand, various fungi were isolated from floor surfaces and pool water even in the presence of optimal chlorine concentrations. This study confirms the importance of regular maintenance of pool disinfection systems and suggests the need to search for other micro-organisms not included in the current legislation (Giardia, Cryptosporidium and fungi).
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)581-593
Numero di pagine13
RivistaIGIENE E SANITÀ PUBBLICA
Volume64(5)
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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Maida Cm; Di Benedetto Ma; Firenze A; Calamusa G; Di Piazza F; Milici Me; Romano N (2008). Surveillance of the sanitary conditions of a public swimming pool in the city of Palermo (Italy). IGIENE E SANITÀ PUBBLICA, 64(5), 581-593.