Greenwood, IN— Now that Memorial Day weekend has passed and most schools are on summer break, trips to the pool and water parks are just around the corner for many families, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is reporting an alarming trend upward in pool and water park contamination outbreaks across the nation. According to statistics recently released by the CDC, the number of outbreaks in the U.S. related to pool contamination has doubled over the last two years.
Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, encourages parents and children to do their part to minimize the risk of illness and injury this summer.
“This summer is off to a beautiful start, and we know many of our customers and residents will be spending more time in the water now that school is out and temperatures are on the rise,” said Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey. “While most people don’t realize it, swimmers are the primary source of contamination. Taking preventive action at both public facilities and at home can help reduce these threats to our health.”
For those who will be swimming this summer, Indiana American Water encourages everyone to shower before they get into the water, use approved swimming diapers for infants and take children on regular bathroom breaks, avoid swallowing pool water, and always wash your hands before eating food after swimming..
Dewey also added, “We also encourage everyone to learn more about how they can prevent drownings, the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four.”
Key drowning prevention tips include:
Isolating backyard pools with adequate fencing, locks and automatic latches
Making sure everyone knows the basics of swimming and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Using life jackets for everyone in natural bodies of water and for weaker swimmers in pools
Never leaving young children alone and unsupervised while swimming
About Indiana American Water
Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 1.3 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.