COVID-19 and How It Affects Your Backyard Swimming Pool

It isn’t very often that we are taking shelter at home while a virus sweeps through our nation. And while that may make you nervous, scared, or uneasy; the best thing you can do is learn what you can do to stay healthy, follow the country’s guidelines, and educate yourself. Knowledge has power! Unanswered questions can cause anxiety and stress. So, with that said, we at California Pools would like to help you understand any questions you may have regarding the swimming pool industry, your swimming pool, water safety during this pandemic, and how the COVID-19 virus affects your backyard oasis.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says that treated water is safe from the coronavirus. “Standard levels of disinfection should kill the virus responsible for COVID-19 in water, WHO said.”

According to,  “the World Health Organization released a paper addressing the virus responsible for COVID-19 as it pertains to water. The paper, titled “Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management for the COVID-19 Virus,” stated that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is killed by 0.5 ppm or more of chlorine in the water, as well as other standard methods of disinfection. Drinking water that undergoes standard treatment will be free of the virus, WHO said.” The paper also said that “Conventional, centralized water treatment methods that utilize filtration and disinfection should inactivate the COVID-19 virus,”. “Other human coronaviruses have been shown to be sensitive to chlorination and disinfection with ultraviolet (UV) light. The virus that causes COVID-19 is enveloped, meaning it has a fragile outer membrane that renders it less stable and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. As enveloped viruses are surrounded by a lipid host cell membrane, which is not robust, the COVID-19 virus is likely to be more sensitive to chlorine and other oxidant disinfection processes than many other viruses,” it said.

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This is wonderful news for the swimming pool industry. As we navigate through these trying days, it brings us knowledge and peace of mind knowing that our swimming pools are indeed, a safe haven, even during times of this health crisis, COVID-19. Our industry has always promoted the outdoor living lifestyle. Fresh air and a private resort-style backyard at home has always been our favorite place to relax, play, exercise, and enjoy home cooked meals. With a California Pools backyard oasis, your home is your retreat. On a year-round basis, quarantined or not, you are able to step outside and enjoy fresh healthy air, warm sunshine, a refreshing dip in the pool, a safe place to relax in the spa, and an outdoor kitchen to cook a nourishing meal at for your family. While we don’t prefer to socially distance ourselves from our loved ones and dear friends, we need to make the best of our current situations at home. Right now, let’s enjoy some family bonding times and make lifelong memories with our loved ones. When this time of social distancing is over, your backyard retreat will be a hit for a social event and some backyard entertainment. With the recent information posted from WHO, understanding that our swimming pools are clean and a wonderful option for healthy activities during quarantine, gives us peace of mind knowing that your swimming pools investments are a very wise investment for your family. You might not be able to visit the local parks and restaurants, but with a California Pools backyard, you always have a beautiful and super fun swimming pool as an exciting option for entertainment at home.

Whether or not you already have a California Pools backyard or not, there are so many ways to occupy your time at home. Try a simple work-out, either in the swimming pool or your favorite room in the house. Just get moving and exercise during this time at home. You can take your kids on a nature hunt in the backyard. Look for butterflies, rocks, sticks, or even hide some favorite toys in your garden for them to find. Take your dogs on a walk! You can maintain 6 feet apart from passing neighbors and still get some fresh air and fitness in. With your next online shopping grocery order, make sure to request some graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate for s’mores! Sit out back and enjoy your family with a warm fire and some delicious treats.

It’s important to keep everyone’s spirits up and embrace this time at home as a rare opportunity to spend quality time with your family, while helping society heal by staying home to slow the curve.

Swimming pool with a bonfire

Owning a swimming pool is definitely a luxury in life. The convenience of having a swimming pool and spa in your backyard is such a welcomed treat! Having the option to avoid public pools is a safe, clean, and wonderful opportunity for your family. While we stay home and slow the curve, many people will quickly realize the value of the outdoor living lifestyle at home. To stay home and cherish family moments together is priceless. Knowing that the COVID-19 virus cannot survive in swimming pools in another blessing. So, please, from our family to yours, stay home! Slow the curve! Enjoy your backyard oasis with your family. It truly is your very own sacred retreat!

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Should you have any questions at all regarding water safety and the COVID-19 virus and your swimming pool, please don’t hesitate to call us. California Pools has been leading the pool industry since 1952 and are always available to help.

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