Why is it important to know about RWIs?

Did you know that swimming is the second most popular exercise activity in the United States, with approximately 360 million annual visits to recreational water venues such as pools, spas, wading pools, water slides and other swimming places? On average, people have about 0.14 grams of feces on their bottoms which, when rinsed off, can contaminate recreational water. Unfortunately, the number of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) are increasing and there is low public awareness of the problem. The City of Wichita Environmental Health Division would like to be at the forefront with efforts to combat RWIs every swim season and provide the information only a click away.

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1. Why is it important to know about RWIs?
2. How are RWIs spread?
3. Who is affected by RWIs?
4. How are RWIs prevented?