Now Registering For Fully Online CPO Courses - Click Here To Sign Up

Does Chlorine Kill Coronavirus? Is My Pool Safe From COVID-19?

March 17, 2020

Chlorine kill coronavirus chlorine kill COVID-19 CPO Class Colorado Ft. Collins Fort Collins Denver Westminster Golden Loveland Greeley Colorado Springs Vail Breckenridge


News about Coronavirus and COVID-19 is everywhere. Many of the articles focus on the numbers of infected or fatalities. But few articles are being written about what can be done to curb the spread of this illness other than washing hands and keeping distance. Is there anything else we can do to curb the spread of COVID-19? As commercial pool and hot tub operators, what can we do to keep people safe?

During this time of uncertainty education is absolutely crucial. Education allows us to have some peace of mind, something to cling onto when the world feels like a confusing place. In this article, we want to discuss COVID-19 (Coronavirus), its relationship to chlorine, and what you can do to fight coronavirus at your property's pool. We will cover the following information:

  • Does chlorine kill Coronavirus?
  • Can I get COVID-19 from a swimming pool?
  • If so, how much chlorine do I need to kill coronavirus?
  • What else do I need to do to keep my pool area safe? 


Does Chlorine Kill COVID-19?

The short and simple answer is: YES, chlorine is great at killing COVID-19 as well as many of the other viruses in the coronavirus family. This means that as long as your swimming pool has chlorine in it, it is highly unlikely that COVID-19 can be found in your pool. This is also why we at Pool Training Academy stress in every class we teach and every operator we talk to the importance of maintaining good operating chlorine levels in your pools. 


Can I get COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from a swimming pool?

Again, the short and simple answer is, it is very, VERY, difficult to contract COVID-19 from a pool. It is so difficult, in fact, that many experts would venture to say it is impossible to contract coronavirus from the swimming pool itself, as long as the pool has a chlorine residual in the pool of 2ppm or higher. So, swimming pool water is safe from the spread of COVID-19 so long as it is disinfected. 

Furthermore, research has shown that at the writing of this article there have been zero documented cases of someone contracting COVID-19 from any surface or aquatic body of water. Since COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, general transmission occurs through direct interaction with an individual who is infected or carrying the illness. But that isn't the total story.

Research also shows that coronavirus, or COVID-19, can survive on surfaces for a matter of minutes or up to a couple of days. So, to combat this, we at Pool Training Academy recommend that you chlorinate your pools and clean your facilities to CDC standards. These are the best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


How Much Chlorine Do I Need To Kill COVID-19?

According to the HPSC, as long as you maintain a chlorine residual of 1ppm, COVID-19 will be killed off in less than one minute. But should you be keeping your chlorine residuals at only 1ppm?

The latest research recommends that in a commercial facility you maintain a chlorine residual between 3.75ppm and 4.5 ppm. Pool Training Academy recommends you maintain your chlorine residual at 4ppm at all times to protect your guests from a plethora of potential pathogens that are trying to survive in the pool water.

But just because we have killed the COVID-19 in our swimming pools through the use of chlorine, that doesn't mean we can, or should, stop there. 


Keeping All Surfaces Clean From COVID-19

Keeping our wet areas, changing rooms, and facilities in general, clean and sanitized is of utmost importance. The CDC has set up recommendations for sanitizing and handling your facilities in an attempt to protect users and guests from the spread of COVID-19. By following these guidelines, as well as listening for local requirements in response to COVID-19 protocols, you can have confidence that you are mitigating the spread of coronavirus from your swimming pool and pool area as thoroughly as you can. 


How Do I Learn More About Swimming Pools? 

Operating a swimming pool is not as simple and straight forward as some make it seem. To safely operate and maintain an aquatic facility it truly does take more training than you can find on YouTube or read in an article like this. Thankfully you have options to help you become more knowledgeable about how to keep your swimmers safe. One of these options is taking a CPO Class with Pool Training Academy. Becoming CPO® Certified is one of the best ways to truly become a pool expert. And in many states this certification is required to operate a pool or spa. Pool Training Academy is the #1 CPO® Certification provider in the world and our classes are specially tailored to be fun, engaging, and most of all relevant to your needs. Click here to sign up for the next class in your area and learn everything you need to know to make your pool the best it can be.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Swimming Pool Articles

Pool training academy cpo class course online itchy eyes from the pool swimming causes itchy eyes irritation from pool water
Does Chlorine Make Eyes Burn?

September 16, 2020

We've all been there before: After a long and fun day of swimming we notice that our eyes are bloodshot and irritated. And for years we've been told it is because of the chlorine in the water. In fact, chlorine causing red and itching eyes is so widespread that it has almost become a common knowledge principle with pools. But, does chlorine actually cause red, irritated eyes? Could we have been duped all these years into believing something that's not true?  In this article, we are going to explore the following: 

Continue Reading

100% Online CPO Certified Pool Operator Course Class certification classes swimming pool license Denver Westminster Fort Collins Loveland Windsor Colorado Phoenix Scottsdale Mesa Arizona Los Angeles Orange County San Diego San Francisco California
Is A Fully Online CPO Course Good Or Bad?

August 30, 2020

Let's face it, everything is going online. From shopping for groceries to attending the local university, COVID-19 has forced the world to pivot to adapt to the social changes that the virus has forced upon us. And Certified Pool Operator Courses are no different. Here at Pool Training Academy we have adapted as well and now provide a fully verified and approved fully online CPO® Course. But there is understandably some hesitancy for some to take a course that is traditionally classroom based. In this article, we want to share the benefits of choosing to take a CPO® Course online with Pool Training Academy

Continue Reading

Certified Pool Operator CPO Class Course Online Fully Online Colorado Denver Fort Collins Colorado Springs Pueblo Grand Junction Arizona Phoenix Tempe Scottsdale Mesa Winslow California Orange County Anaheim Los Angeles Fullerton Ventura Best CPO Class
How Often Should I Drain My Pool Or Hot Tub?

August 11, 2020

Let's face it, your pool has a ton of water in it and the last thing you want to deal with is a super high water bill for refilling the entire thing. But believe it or not, draining your pool or hot tub is one of the most crucial pieces to the puzzle when it comes to keeping your pool, hot tub, swimmers, are circulation components as safe as possible. In this article we are going to address the Following: 

  • Problems Related To Old Pool and Hot Tub Water
  • When To Drain Your Pool
  • When To Drain Your Hot Tub

Continue Reading