CDC: Poop found in majority of public pools

Posted at 12:18 PM, May 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 12:53:09-04

(PIX11)– Forget the toilet… it appears that plenty of swimmers let it go in the pool!

Last year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study of public and private pools as well as some water parks in the metro-Atlanta area.

The study found that 58-percent of samples tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria normally found in human feces.

That means more than half of public pools have “a fecal indicator.”

Researchers say either swimmers are going “number two” in the pool or failing to wash feces off their bodies before hopping in the water.

Pools in private places were less likely to have E. coli in their filters.