Public Swimming Pools

The goal of the swimming pool and spa program is to prevent water-borne disease and accidents at public facilities. A license is required for any pool or spa serving four families or more.

A disease is prevented by maintaining proper water chemistry, as well as, properly operating recirculation, filtration and disinfection equipment. These items are checked during each pool and spa inspection. The availability of safety equipment, warning signs, lifeguard certifications and the maintenance and sanitation of related structures are checked. Operators are required to keep a log of the water quality tests, accidents which occurred and chemicals added on a Weekly Operation Report.  For situations when a pool or spa is contaminated with fecal or vomitus material, the Fecal Incident Flow Chart must be followed.

Plan Approval

If a pool or spa is renovated or substantially altered, plans must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Health and written approval received before any work is started. The following activities qualify as a renovation or substantial alteration:

  • Construction that changes the depth, shape or the other basic design features of a public swimming pool or spa in a manner that affects pool or spa patron safety or circulation system design, changes or replaces a pool or spa’s deck, changes the basic design of a diving board or adds a special feature, or the perimeter barrier.
  • Complete replacement of the recirculation system.
  • Installation of a diving board or diving stand except for a replacement.
  • Replacement of all return piping, or all skimmer piping from the filter room to the pool or the main drain fitting and pipe.
  • Replacement of more than fifty percent of the gutter overflow system or more than fifty percent of the total number of inlets and outlets.

For equipment replacement, approval must be obtained by submitting an Equipment Replacement Form to the Ohio Department of Health.

Equipment replacement refers to one of the following:

  • Replacement of a disinfection reagent feed device with one using a different reagent, a different method of delivery or a different flow capacity.
  • Replacement of an individual filter with one using a different media or a different filtration rate or backwash capacity.
  • Replacement of an individual pump with one that has a different horsepower or pump flow capacity.

For questions regarding the Swimming Pool and Spa Program contact us. For further information concerning plan review requirements, you can contact the Ohio Department of Health.

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