Public Swimming Pools & Spas
The Delaware General Health District places a high priority on keeping individuals safe from potential water borne illness or injury, specifically as it relates to public swimming facilities. Public Swimming Pools and Spas are regulated by Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701-31.
“Public” means a pool that serves anything other than a private home and includes municipal pools as well as pools at apartment complexes, condominium complexes, and exercise facilities. Hazards in public swimming facilities can lead to water borne illnesses such as cryptosporidiosis, injury from slips, trips and falls, or even death by drowning. As well as being Registered Sanitarians, all of the DGHD inspectors who perform pool inspections are Certified Pool Operators through the National Swimming Pool Foundation.
By instituting a blend of education, consultation and inspection DGHD sanitarians help to ensure that the public pools in our health district are safe for swimming year round. Inspectors also work closely with public pool operators to help them maintain their facilities in the safest possible manner.
Each outdoor pool is inspected a minimum of every two weeks during the swimming season, and all indoor pools are inspected at least quarterly. Some of the items examined during those inspections include:
- Performing water chemistry tests to ensure proper levels of disinfectant, pH, and other water chemistry parameters.
- Reviewing facility records to ensure that operators are checking water chemistry as often as necessary and are appropriately responding to accidents that may occur.
- Ensuring lifeguards are properly trained and are present where required.
- Checking the facility’s emergency phone to make sure it is operable.
- Ensuring that the proper safety equipment is in place around the pool deck.
- Reviewing the types of chemicals used and ensuring those chemicals are stored properly.