If after reading this, you decided to shove your bathing suit back into the bottom drawer this weekend instead of hitting the pool, you can blame the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however I think you'll agree that when it comes to healthy and safety issues, it's better to be informed than unaware.

So, here we go with the news that might make you squirm a bit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inspected 48,632 public swimming facilities, which included pools, hot tubs, and water parks and what they found is that  80% of the almost 50,000 public swimming pools they inspected had at least one health code violation, including dangerous levels of disinfectant, safety problems with equipment, and harmful pH levels.

In other words, this means a whole bunch of skin and eye irritation and infections floating around. And we can’t forget about all of the people who relieve themselves in the water at these facilities.

This news wasn’t released to cause mass panic, but it definitely gets you thinking, doesn’t it? That backyard pool is starting to sound better and better, isn't it?

[via CDC]