Have you ever looked at a body of water and thought, “Is that SAFE to swim in?” If so, then good for you! Too many people just jump right in without thinking about the potential risks associated with swimming in questionable water… and wind up getting SICK!
The standards for safe drinking water are hundreds of times tighter than those for safe swimming water. Typically, limits for safe swimming allow for a maximum of 100 to 500 cells in 100 mL of water, depending on jurisdiction. For water to be considered safe for drinking, there cannot be even one cell in 100 mL – a little less than half a cup of water. (source)
What sort of nasty biological contaminants may lurk at the local swimming hole? Quite a few, actually. Just to name a few, you could possibly encounter Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, E.coli, species of Salmonella, Shigella, Enterobacter, Klebsiella and many other Coliform and non-Coliform bacteria.
While we would all prefer exposure to NONE of the critters on that list, or ones not on that list, eventual exposure to one or more will certainly happen at some point or other. You do NOT have to put yourself in harm’s way unnecessarily, though, since WaterSafe Brand manufactures and distributes a product it calls the Pool and Spa Bacteria Test.
With easy-to-follow directions and a total test time of less than 20 minutes, the Pool and Spa Bacteria Test works quite well as an on-the-spot test kit for excessive levels of potentially harmful bacteria in your favorite pool, spa, or swimming hole.