Pools & Spas
Our Environmental Health Officers undertake regular inspections of all public swimming pools located in our area to test water quality, and the safety of the surrounding facilities.
Your Swimming Pool & Spa Pool
A swimming pool that is incorrectly managed can be a source of harmful micro-organisms which may cause skin, eye, ear and gastrointestinal infections.
Warm water in Spa pools provides ideal conditions for the growth of micro-organisms which may cause skin, eye, ear and gastrointestinal infections, and respiratory infections that can be serious or fatal eg. Legionnaires' disease.
Planning Permission and Safety Requirements:
How to Keep the Water Safe
Proper disinfection and filtration of the pool water kills harmful micro-organisms, removes body fats and oils, and ensures the water is clean, safe and sparkling to swim in.
Pool water should be tested at least three times a week using a reliable pool water test kit. A measurement of the disinfection levels, pH and total alkalinity should be taken.
It is very important that the pump lint-pot and filter are cleaned regularly to ensure they do not become a source of contamination for the pool water. It is important that all backwash water is disposed of into the sewer and not into stormwater as this practice is in breach of the Environment Protection Water Quality policy.
Spa water should be completely emptied every 1 to 2 months or 10% to 15% of the water should be replaced weekly depending on the usage. The water should be replaced at any other time if:
- The spa pool is used often or by a large number of people and the disinfectant cannot be adjusted to the recommended levels
- Algae starts to grow on the pool surfaces
- The water becomes cloudy and cannot be easily cleaned