Pool operator resources

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Properly maintained pools and spas reduce the risk of recreational water illnesses such as intestinal or respiratory diseases, skin disorders, and ear, nose, throat and eye infections. Pools with proper barriers, safety equipment or on-duty lifeguards can help prevent deaths from drowning or serious injury to swimmers.

Tips to improve the safety of your pool/spa:​

  • Test pools several times each day for disinfection levels
  • Test pools and spas at least once daily for pH
  • Maintain clarity through proper disinfection and filtration
  • Keep spa temperature below 104° F
  • Clean filters as back pressure increases and flow decreases
  • Be sure that proper safety equipment, such as ring buoys and reach poles, are available to users
  • Test spa emergency shut-off switches often
  • Check main drain grates to be sure that they are intact and secure
  • Provide lifeguards at general use facilities such as city or school pools and health clubs
  • Maintain fencing and gates in good condition to prevent small children from drowning
  • Routinely vacuum and clean facilities
  • Keep physical conditions in good repair