Benefits Outweigh Risks


Despite the health risks of DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS (DBPs) in general, the concentration of organic DBPs found in AQUATIC VENUES is generally low. Therefore, although research results have shown that DBPS do form in detectable concentrations in most AQUATIC VENUES69,70,71 and levels of exposure can be measured72,73, it appears that the benefits of DISINFECTION far outweigh the risks posed by its by-products74. The World Health Organization, states that “the risks from exposure to chlorination by-products in reasonably well-managed AQUATIC VENUES would be considered to be small and must be set against the benefits of aerobic exercise and the risks of infectious disease in the absence of DISINFECTION.”75 Improved water quality management is recommended to minimize formation and accumulation of these compounds.

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