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Chlorinated swimming pools and cancer: What are the connections?

Posted on July 25, 2015 11:25 am under Premises Liability

Chlorine is considered among the most common water disinfectants used for indoor swimming pools. The most ideal pH level of water in a chlorinated swimming pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. A pH level above this range may result in overchlorination, which can pose serious health risks among swimmers.

In an interesting 2010 study published in WebMD, researchers found some correlations between chlorinated swimming pool water and cancer risk. Researchers found that because chlorine reacts with different substances in the pool, such as urine and cosmetics, chlorine in water may give off byproducts that could increase someone’s risk of cancer. In the study, 49 healthy participants who were asked to swim for 40 minutes showed elevated levels of cancer-related biomarkers.

Premises owners have the duty to ensure that their swimming pools contain a level of chlorine that is effective in keeping the pool free from any harmful pathogens, while at the same time safe enough not to cause any adverse health effects. We at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you if you are injured in someone else’s property in Wisconsin. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.