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#506728 - 05/31/19 05:41 PM Swimming in your pond and water quality
SmithMilitia Offline


Registered: 04/17/19
Posts: 8
Loc: ALABAMA
So I'm sure this has been asked but I did a search and didn't find anything. So I have a 1.5 to 2 acre pond with bass , catfish and bluegill and it is great for fishing. But what if my kids and family want to swim in it over the summer? Do you guys swim in your ponds? Do you need to do any water tests prior to swimming? My fish seem to be doing good and the water is clear and no algae or any other growth on the water. My wife is mainly worried since our septic tank is someplace between the house and the pond and she thinks maybe bad stuff could be leeching out into the pond water. If that's even possible. Everything looks good and healthy so should I even be worried and if I do need to test the water can I do it myself?

Thanks in advance

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#506729 - 05/31/19 06:47 PM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
Joey Quarry Offline


Registered: 11/04/17
Posts: 92
Loc: Wisconsin
I own a swimming hole that just happens to be stocked with brook trout. I really enjoy fly fishing for brook trout but jumping in on a hot summer day is just as enjoyable, if not more so.

I have my water tested twice a year, once in late spring and again in the middle of summer. I also use test kits for e.coli and coliforms after substantial rains or before parties. I have never had an issue.

If I was you, just to placate the wife, spend 25$ on a test kit and enjoy the peace of mind.
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#506731 - 05/31/19 08:46 PM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
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Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 2187
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
I wouldn't swim in either of mine. Too much cover in one (brush) and FA, plus some murkiness. The other one is chocolate milk.
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#506732 - 05/31/19 09:19 PM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
SmithMilitia Offline


Registered: 04/17/19
Posts: 8
Loc: ALABAMA
When you say test kit I see ones for pond which on test ph , nitrates etc. What other kits are there

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#506735 - 05/31/19 10:33 PM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
Joey Quarry Offline


Registered: 11/04/17
Posts: 92
Loc: Wisconsin
This is the one I used last summer, but buyer beware, it is tricky to use:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0741GLPRQ/ref=sspa_dk_detail_7?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B0741GLPRQ

I just paid 70$ to UW Madison for total coliform and e coli. I am sure you have the same services in your state.

http://www.slh.wisc.edu/environmental/water/public-environmental-and-water-testing-prices/
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#506775 - 06/01/19 10:14 PM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
roundy Offline


Registered: 09/10/16
Posts: 149
Loc: Central Illinois
This will be limiting factor for several family matters in my pond
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#506776 - 06/01/19 10:44 PM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
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Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1499
Loc: NE Missouri
We have been swimming in our pond since it was built five yrs ago. No problems so far. Iím not sure what the difference would be in swimming in a pond or a large lake. The Lake of the Ozarks has thousands and thousands of septic tanks that have to be leaking into the lake. My fish are using it for their bathroom, my grandkids probably do too. Iíve never bothered to test the water, but I do tell the grandkids not to drink it.
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#506814 - 06/03/19 09:48 AM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
Quarter Acre Offline


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1186
Loc: West Central Missouri
A little common sense can go along way when it comes to swimming in ponds and a little paranoia can keep you from enjoying a swim.

I like the idea of having the water tested, but I've not had mine tested and get in for one reason or another a couple times a year. My pond is not very clear. Mid summer proves to have a clarity of about 18 to 24 inches (secchi readings). On occasion, I have a very strong algae bloom that turns the water a bright, almost neon, green color. This is where common sense comes in...you couldn't convince me to get in with waders (blue/green paranoia I guess).

Aerated ponds will have less of that "smell" when you disturb the bottoms and I would never get into a pond that just stinks to look at.

How is the snail population in the pond? I have read about "swimmers itch" that has something to do with snails and their parasites. I have quite a few snails in my pond, but have never got the itch...just something to be aware of. It goes back to the common sense thing...if the water is super full of snails, leeches, unknown bugs, ect (I don't have to mention snakes do I?) then I'm not going in.
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#506816 - 06/03/19 10:10 AM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
Zep Offline
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Registered: 07/27/10
Posts: 3276
Loc: Dallas & Wills Point, Tx
We caught a turtle a few weeks ago that had a leech on it's shell which I found kind of odd....didn't know our pond had leeches and would have never thought a leech would be riding on a turtle shell.
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#506818 - 06/03/19 10:24 AM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
RStringer Offline


Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 84
Loc: Parsons KS
https://i.imgur.com/BrbYDaW.jpg
This was yesterday. I'v never checked ours for anything besides with a fishing pole lol. Nothing but a turtle or 3 and some fishies.
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#506819 - 06/03/19 10:27 AM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
Augie Offline


Registered: 10/29/18
Posts: 111
Loc: Boone County Missouri
The wife and I went swimming in our pond for the first time yesterday.

Growing up on a farm we didn't think twice about jumping into the creek, or the quarry, or the neighbor's pond, or the Missouri River when it was hot outside.

Just don't drink it.

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#506820 - 06/03/19 11:16 AM Re: Swimming in your pond and water quality [Re: SmithMilitia]
dlowrance Offline


Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 901
Loc: Central IL
As long as the swimmers are old/mature enough to not drink it/gargle/etc I don't think twice. And we got rid of the snails with a good stocking of RES so no swimmer's itch issues.
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