Swimming, soaking, and playing in the water can be fun family and friend activities. They can also be great ways to get the physical activity needed to stay healthy. However, they are not without some risk. Pools and spas are subject to a variety of environmental influences which can affect the health and safety of people using those waters.
Public swimming pools collectively include swimming pools, wading pools, special use pools, spas/hot tubs, and spray grounds. Each year, Summit County Public Health licenses and inspects approximately 300 public swimming pools within Summit County. Public swimming pools are regulated under the authority of Chapter 3749 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-31 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).
The Ohio public swimming pool rules were formed to establish statewide standards for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of these amenities. The purpose of these rules is to protect the public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a healthy and safe recreational water environment. These rules do not pertain to private residential pools or public bathing areas.
Whether you are a swimmer, pool owner, or medical professional, the sanitarians at SCPH are here to answer your questions about staying safe in the water. For more information, browse our resources or contact us.