recreational water

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A body of water, such as a swimming pool, hot springs, or spa, that is used for sport, exercise, or pleasure. Monitoring the safety and purity of recreational water to ensure that it does not carry pathogenic organisms is an important routine task for sanitarians. Public health authorities sometimes must close small lakes to swimmers during severe heat waves or after heavy rainstorms that introduce runoff contaminated by animal waste because it is not feasible to eliminate potential pathogenic microorganisms that expose to risk a large number of people who swim in water that is not circulating and cannot be purified or chlorinated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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