TitleBacteriological and chemical quality of swimming pools water in developing countries: a case study in the West Bank of Palestine
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsAl-Khatib, A, Salah, S
JournalInt J Environ Health Res
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0960-3123 (Print)<br/>0960-3123 (Linking)
Accession Number12745344
Keywords*Developing Countries, *Recreation, *Swimming Pools, *Water Microbiology, Guidelines as Topic, Humans, Middle East, Public Health, Quality Control, Salmonella/isolation & purification, Staphylococcus/isolation & purification, Streptococcus/isolation & purification

Monitoring was carried out during summer 2000 in all the swimming pools in the West Bank of Palestine. Fifty-eight water samples, collected from 46 swimming pools, were examined for Coliforms and bacterial species including Streptococci, Salmonellae, and Staphylococcus. Salmonellae were isolated in 21 out of 23 samples. All of the examined samples from the swimming pools water were unacceptable according to the Palestinian and WHO standards. Extensive efforts are required to improve the water quality of the swimming pools in the West Bank, mainly public awareness, training of governmental inspectors, operators and owners of the swimming pools, in addition to a strict system for monitoring of the water quality.