The CDC says COVID-19 cannot survive in properly treated pool water. In addition, the Canadian government has designated pool maintenance and sanitization companies to be essential services

Coronavirus and Pools

Published on 22 March, 2020

Coronavirus and Pools

In less than a week, the lives of people all over the world-- Canada included-- have drastically changed due to a virus known as COVID-19. In light of this ongoing event, I thought it best to address the issue at hand in regards to swimming pools so that customers in Dundas, Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek, and surrounding areas know the facts about coronavirus in pools and hot tubs. I also thought it best to communicate what we're doing to combat this virus-- at home and at work.

As a member of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, we receive a great deal of information related to the pool industry. Industry events, training programs, and new developments are all shared amongst members in order to make sure we are keeping ourselves up to date in our field. This would be classified as a new development in the industry. 

The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance has spoken to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on this issue and they have outlined this statement:

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

This guidance and other water related guidance can be found here.

In addition, the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance have prepared an information document for home owners with swimming pools. This tells you everything you need to know about the impact coronavirus has on swimming pools. It can be found here.

In regards to what we're doing to combat the virus, we are asking that customers stay inside their houses when we perform our work activities so that we can reduce the risk of spreading the virus through social distancing. We will inform customers when we are on our way through a message or phone call as well as two honks of the horn when we arrive at the property. Once we have completed our work, we'll give two honks of the horn upon leaving to let you know we've finished. If there are any questions or things that need to be communicated, we can do these over the phone or through email. 

We want to ensure each and every customer that it is our top priority to help in preventing the spread of this virus, and that we promise to help do so while providing our services to pool owners. Given the situation, please keep your pools clean this season in order to help ensure your pool is a place that kills bacteria rather than a place that allows it to grow. Follow the 3C's of pools (cleanliness, chemicals, circulation), and make sure to get your water tested regularly so that it is properly balanced and chlorinated. 

Take care!
Dan Stewart
Dundas Valley Pools