Bali’s beaches are one of the main interests that draw visitors to the island. Did you know you could get sick from swimming in the beaches? Some can even result in serious illnesses that may last longer than your vacation. Here are some things you should know before swimming at the beach.
Although the beach might look clean, no one can be sure that the water, (not only seawater), doesn’t contain disease-causing microorganisms, which are hidden to the human eye.
Water can be polluted by various things. The most frequent sources of disease-causing microorganisms are from sewage overflows, polluted storm water runoff, sewage treatment plant malfunctions, boating wastes and malfunctioning septic systems.
Pollution in beach water is often much higher during and immediately after rainstorms because water draining into the beach may be carrying sewage from over-flowing sewage treatment systems. Rainwater also flows to the beaches after running off lawns, farms, streets, construction sites and other urban areas, picking up animal waste, fertilizer, pesticides, trash and many other pollutants. Many of these pollutants can end up in the water at the beaches.
When someone is exposed, either by swallowing water or just by skin contact, to enough microorganisms, that person can suffer:
These diseases are classified as Recreational Water Illness (RWI). These diseases can infect other sources of water, not only beaches, but also lakes, rivers, and even good maintained, chlorinated water, such as swimming pools, decorative water fountains, hot tubs and spas.
What’s the best way to avoid getting a RWI from the beach?
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