Inspections – Public and Semi-Public Pools and Spas
What is the Swimming Pool/Spa Inspection Program?
Yavapai County Community Health Services Environmental Health Unit inspects all public and semi-public pools and spas. This includes routine inspections and responses to complaints.
Public and semi-public pools/spas include pools at apartment complexes, community pools, health clubs, motels, and resorts.
Basic Operation Requirements for Public/Semi-Public Pools and Spas
Reference: Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter 8, Article 8
- Maintain a free available chlorine residual between 1 and 3 PPM (pools), 3 and 5 PPM (spas); free bromine residual between 2 and 4 PPM (pools), 3 and 5 PPM (spa).
- Maintain a pH between 7.2 and 7.8.
- Keep daily operating records. Provide a DPD test kit.
- Post required signs: No Diving, No Glass, maximum bather load, etc.
If a pool is not properly maintained, inspectors can close the pool until the violations are corrected and the pool is re-inspected, if necessary.
Common Reasons for Closing a Pool
- Improper disinfectant and/or pH levels
- The filtration or disinfection system is inoperative or missing.
- Excessive turbidity (you can’t see the main drain or the bottom of the pool from the side of the pool).
- Electrical wires noted over the pool.
- Broken glass in the pool or pool area.
- Any other conditions that may cause injury or a danger to public health.
Why is it needed?
All pools and spas have the potential of causing a water-borne disease if not properly maintained.
Who is required to obtain a license?
All public and semi-public pools and spas.
Is there a cost?
Yes, see Fee Schedule.
What are the goals of the program?
To improve the safety and water quality of public and semi-public pools and spas.
What has the program achieved?
A safer place to enjoy water activities in our communities.
Who do I contact for more information?