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The temperature of the water will not kill any of the bacteria. In fact, they will multiply at that temperature, which is why you must change the water completly every 24 hours if the water birth takes that long.
You can always get out for a BM. A potty at the side of the tub makes it easy. Never mind "gross", these are special circumstances.
If bits do get into the water, SO or mid-wife can use a small bucket to scoop it out, but don't worry. The bacteria / litre of water / minute of exposure is still not significant.
You are not smearing the baby in it, right?
If there is time, empty, clean, refill.
Hope this helps