Mesa County Health Department testing pool water for bacteria

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Before you dive into your pool this summer, you may want to have your water tested by the health department for bacteria.

Pool, or hot tub owner, may bring a sample of your pool water to the Mesa County Health Department to have it tested for bacteria. One bacteria to look out for is Pseudomonas. It's a type of environmental bacteria that can easily get in your pool or spa. Pseudomonas are harmless to most, but can cause rashes or earaches.

Experts at the health department say it's important to keep the water clean in order to avoid bacteria.

"You really want to keep the chlorine within a good level to keep your bacteria down. Keep your water clean to keep everybody healthy. Everyone brings their own little something to the pool, and your chemicals are going to help keep that in control so everybody has a good happy safe summer," said Michelle Colon, Mesa County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist.

The Mesa County Health Department will also go out and inspect public pools to make sure they're properly maintained and the chlorine levels are safe.

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