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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26

Comparing and evaluating microbial and physicochemical parameters of water quality in men's and women's public swimming pools in Kermanshah, Iran: A case study


1 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Vice-Chancellery of Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah; Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
2 National Institute of Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Public Health School, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah; Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Public Health School, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran
5 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Public Health School, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah; Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Kiomars Sharafi
Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Public Health School, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
Iran
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Source of Support: Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2277-9183.163964

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Amis: The present study was aimed to compare and evaluate the level of microbial (parasitic and bacterial) quality and physicochemical conditions of the water from five different types of indoor swimming pools (three men's and two women's pools). Materials and Method: This research was a cross-sectional study. Totally, 60 water samples were collected from five public swimming pools in Kermanshah, Iran. Microbial (parasitec and bacterial) and physicochemical conditions were examined according to the standard method. Results: Results indicated that the average of physicochemical parameters, except temperature, in all women's swimming pools was more sufficient than the men's swimming pools; but, there was no significant difference between them (P > 0.05). Conclusion: It can be said that, gender cannot be very effective (especially, in terms of physiological characteristics of skin) in varying physicochemical conditions and biological parameters in swimming pools. The main reason for changing these parameters might be attributed to some factors, such as type and extent of relationship between physicochemical and biological parameters, characteristics and source of water, type of filtration system, pools' operation and maintenance, effective disinfection, personal hygiene, etc.


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