The Head of Infectious Disease on Swimming In Your Pond
We have pondered this question on this forum in the past. Is it safe to swim in the pond? Today I had the privilage of asking this question to the Head of Infectious Disease Doctor of my Health System. He response:
That depends. "The questions that need to be asked are first what is the environment of the pond. What is the size? Is is frequented by wildlife? Is is filtered? Do dogs have access to it? Is is moving water? "
My response- For the most part let's consider this pond to be a man made liner pond with fish, occasional visits from racoons and birds, with it being filtered and the pond water volume being turned over every hour, no chlorine, and with only fish and occasional frogs as the inhabitants.
The doctor responds "The main concern would be for leptosprirosis, a disease caused by dog urine in the pond. We see a few of these cases every year. Stagnant water is also a concern."
Me- What about filtered ponds that are above ground,or slightly about ground that are not exposed to run off or to dog urine?
The doctor responds: "A pond that you describe that is filtered, that is not stagnant water, without signicant debris, without exposure to dog urine or to frequent wild animal visits would not pose a significant risk to your health".
So that is the skinny on skinny dipping in my pond.
Take it or leave it but I for one am finally reassured that there are no SIGNIFICANT health risks for me to swim in my pond.
Disclaimer: I do however want to caution those with diabetes, chronic health issues, and those with DIRTY ponds that this conversation may not apply to them and the doctor was speaking to me on a personal level and this conversation does not guarentee or imply any health guarentees for anyone who chooses to swim in their or other peoples ponds. To do so is at your own risk.