What is a public or semi-public swimming pool?
Any pool, spa, whirlpool or water attraction (e.g. spray pads, fountains) not at a single family dwelling is a public or semi-public pool and subject to regulation by the health department. These include pools at:
- Municipal parks
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Health care facilities
- Fitness centers
Why does the health department permit and inspect public and semi-public pools?
Preventing a problem is much preferable to reacting after the fact. Using a pool is a safe and healthy activity but given the nature of swimming activities and pool operation infrequent problems can arise. Interaction with pool operators through the permitting and inspection process allows the health department to offer education and answer operator’s questions. Regular inspections of pool facilities increases public safety by helping pool operators comply with federal, state and local codes.
Public and semi-public swimming pools within Vanderburgh County are inspected, and weekly water quality testing is monitored by the Environmental Health Section. Inspections are based on State statutes and local codes and are performed to ensure that acceptable water quality and safe facilities are maintained thus lessening the chance of disease transmission or injury.
How can I help prevent transmission of recreational water illnesses (RWIs)?
There are several simple ways bathers can help prevent RWIs:
- Don’t use the pool if you have been sick or have had diarrhea in the last two weeks
- Shower with warm water and soap before using the pool
- Diaper aged children must use swim diapers
- Have children, and adults as well, take bathroom breaks
- Do not swallow pool water
Prevention of pool related injuries
There are some very simple and low cost steps you can take to promote fun AND safe water recreation at public, semi-public or private pools: Click here for tips to help prevent water-related injuries.
Report a problem at a pool
If you need information on pool operation or have a concern regarding a particular pool, our environmental health specialists will investigate and abate nuisance conditions created by improper operation of public swimming pools. Examples of conditions that should be reported are:
- Physical illnesses after contact with recreational water (e.g. rashes, nausea, diarrhea)
- Drowning, near drowning or injuries
- Discolored or cloudy water
- Strong chlorine odors
- Lack of life saving equipment
- Improper filtration or disinfection
- Unsanitary conditions
Contact the Vanderburgh County Health Department with questions or concerns at:
435-5695 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming Pool Health and Safety Links
Centers for Disease Control – Healthy Swimming/Recreational Water: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/
Indiana State Department of Health – Public Swimming Pool and Spa Program: http://www.in.gov/isdh/23281.htm
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Building Safety & Services: http://www.in.gov/dhs/3545.htm
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safely: http://www.poolsafely.gov/