People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here’s how to stay safe

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe

Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.

In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A … [more…]

How is tap water treated? What causes a boil-water advisory?

photo: tap water, what causes a boil-water advisory?

We take our tap water for granted until we’re told we can’t drink it. (Photo: Latte Art/Shutterstock)

In the wake of hurricanes and resulting power outages, many times people are told their tap water is non-drinkable. Water providers often issue a “boil-water advisory” because a treatment facility was affected during a storm. Residents are typically told that water is safe for bathing and laundering clothes.

But even though the water

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