Infested wood, leaves, and bark may be left in the water, leaving behind the aroma of rotting meat.
If you’ve been swimming in water with your hands, the smell of rotting flesh will linger for days.
In the United States, saunas and hot tubs are a popular source of bacteria, which can cause food poisoning and other health problems.
There’s also a higher risk of infection with bacteria that grow on skin, as well as other bugs that are found in the environment.
“We have to have an awareness of the possibility of getting a bacterial infection and we have to take precautions in the home, the water and in our surroundings,” said Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the American Water Works Association, which represents more than 500 water treatment companies.
Davis said the company will test for bacteria and viruses on samples taken from water at the home of a customer.
The American Waterworks Association does not recommend that customers use water from a sauna with the following precautions: Keep hands and feet out of the water.