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Do I Need To Treat My Pond Before Swimming? – Pond & Lake Q & A

Do I Need To Treat My Pond Before Swimming?
Do I Need To Treat My Pond Before Swimming? Alex – McCrory, AR

Stink or Swim

With summer quickly approaching pond guys and gals everywhere are getting ready to take the plunge into their ponds to beat the heat. Now that your water temps are on the rise it is a great time to whip your pond into shape for the swimming season to make sure you’re not stuck in the muck all season long.

Fans of our blogs already know, the best way to keep your pond clear and healthy all season long is to use beneficial bacteria like PondClear™, Pond Dye, and EcoBoost™ in tandem with an Aeration System. If you are a new pond owner, or have just found our blog page, click HERE to learn more about these products and how they improve the quality of your pond.

There is nothing worse than diving into your pond only to land in a layer of muck. If you have an accumulation of muck around your beach areas or by your dock, use some MuckAway™ bacteria tablets to spot treat these troublesome areas. Keeping your pond clean not only prevents you from turning into a human lawn dart, it will help prevent unflattering skin irritations and illnesses. Conditions, like swimmer’s itch, are caused by flatworms larvae typically introduced into your pond by waterfowl. Swimmer’s ear is an irritation of the inner ear that occurs when water gets trapped inside your ear. While these conditions occasionally occur, they are avoidable. Keep the number of ducks and birds that frequent your pond to a minimum by using Decoys, especially when it gets closer to swimming season and try to rinse off thoroughly after a nice swim in your pond.

If you are worried about the overall quality of your pond water, you can get it tested through your local health department, where they can check for e-coli and other contaminants. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable in your own pond. While regular maintenance typically results in a perfectly swim-able pond, it never hurts to get a second opinion. Regardless, use your bacteria, aerate the pond, and enjoy another great summer at home in your back yard.

Pond Talk: Which products do you use to keep your pond clean and clear throughout the summer? Have you ever tested your pond water?

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12 Responses

  1. We installed a natural swimming pond this summer the water has been very clean and clear. I bought a drinking water test and everything was perfect. However the bacteria test came back positive.

    I don’t know if there is an acceptable level for swimming vs drinking ?

    Now I am freaked out a bit and don’t know if there is a test for bacteria levels in lakes or ponds.

    • Hi Elizabeth – I wouldn’t panic. You may need to contact the health department for a more thorough test if this does not tell you what kind of bacteria it present in the pond. There are many bacterias that are part of a normal and healthy pond environment that do not pose a threat to any swimming.

  2. I have recently purchased a property and when it rains water collects and a pound is formed, up to 4 ft deep. I have dogs and they happen to enjoy swimming and tend to jump in. Can there be any parasites I should be concerned with? Some I have caught drinking from it as well.

    • Hi Cynthia – This would be tough to determine without having the water tested. Generally speaking any waterbody that is cared for and has water movement and circulation from aeration or a fountain is generally healthier water. Look for signs that the water may be contaminated from sources such as runoff from fertilized lawns or waste left behind from visiting geese populations for other hints about the water quality and then if you are still concerned about the animals drinking it, taking a sample to your local health department would be the best way to determine its safety.

      • No geese but lots of frogs and a few small birds. Lots of field mice too.

      • Wouldn’t be too concerned about the frogs. I know mice leave a mess but not sure how much they would affect water quality in a larger pond.

  3. Hello – We just tested our pond in our backyard and the PH level is at a 9. Is that safe to swim in? Our HOA pays a company to treat the pond but since I’m pregnant I wanted to test it to be sure before swimming in it. Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Sarah – A pH of 9 is not out of the ordinary. Typically a pond’s normal pH range is 6.8 to 9 and will fluctuate throughout the day. There shouldn’t be any issue with being in the pond based on that pH level alone but we can not offer any medical advice so it is best to check with your doctor if there are any concerns.

  4. HI- We recently installed a new pond. It is fed by springs, but we are also on the natural slope of the land, so when it rains, it fills and overflows. There is obviously drainage installed, so it doesn’t flood. We recently had a decent amount of rain and the pond filled. It is now a light coffee color (we have a lot of clay in the ground). My 13 year old son was very excited and went for a swim- my question is this, do you think it is safe for him to swim at this point, or should we wait until the pond clears completely? Is there a way to get the water to clear? It is a natural bottom (no liner) and we have not installed aeration yet or any products. I will be getting the water tested.

    • Hi Susie – If it is just clay suspended in the water, which it sounds like it is, there should be no harm in going in the pond however I would let the pond settle a bit first. With swimming you usually end up drinking at least a little of the water and ingesting water full of clay may not be the best.

  5. So far, I’ve been using Pond Clear, Eco Boost and the aeration system and pond dye…just like the Pond Guys advocate. I have not been able to rid my pond of weeds. Each year I think I am not starting soon enough to get a handle on weeds. The temperature changes so quickly…before I know it the weeds are growing.

    This is a very expensive method…with results that are not entirely successful. I think the weed situation is better than it used to be, but a lot depends on water evaporation and the temperature.

    I hope this method really works, or I will have invested quite a bit of cash into a bottomless pit.

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