The Water Quality and Health Council conducted the survey, which also found that seven in 10 people don’t shower before entering the pool, bringing outside germs with them into the pool.
While chlorine does kill germs, it should not be a cure-all for bathing.
The Centers for Disease control website has pool and hot tub safety tips, including instructions for using pool test strips for pH balance at home.
Area pools opened in Prince William County opened May 26.
Here's a list of pools in our area: