Experts urge pool owners to check water

By Samantha Chatman

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 8:14 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Summer is here, and families across the country are diving into swimming pools.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that illnesses from pools and hot tubs are on the rise.

Public pools like these at Splashdown in East Peoria are flooded with kids this time of year. But with so many people in and out of the water, some parents wonder if their kids are swimming clean.

"It's just very important to make sure my kids' health is taken care of, even if they're out having fun," said mother of two Cheryl Foster.

That's why Splashdown workers say they check the water chemical levels. They check for PH and chlorine every two hours.

But public pool aren't the only ones needing to be checked according to experts. Katie Pahl is a certified pool and water expert.

Customers bring a pool water sample in to Tiki Pool and Spa in Morton to be tested. She says irregular testing and maintenance of home pools can cause health problems, especially for kids.

"Their eyes can be red and itchy all the time, they can even get pink eye. You can get some nasty disease," said Pahl.

To make it easier for pool owners, the spa sells home test kits so customers can do their own testing at their convenience.