Waterborne Illness

In Kansas, swimming is the second most popular exercise activity, and the use of swimming pools and whirlpool spas contribute to overall fitness and health. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is committed to protecting the health of all Kansans.

The increasing number of water sports venues has increased the risk of contracting a recreational water illness (RWI) associated with swimming and bathing activities. Increased problem awareness, prompt response to fecal accidents, and proper water quality maintenance are vital to the prevention of RWIs and related adverse health effects.

KDHE has created the following recreational water guidelines toolkit, in collaboration with statewide partners, to assist public health professionals and communities with the safe and healthy operations of public swimming pools, spas, and other man-made recreational water venues.