Public Pool Inspections
The swimming pool inspection program works to assure safe and healthy operation of public swimming pools and spas, including water related amusement park rides. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality contracts with our office to conduct these inspections. They focus on compliance with:
- Bather Safety Requirements
- Water quality
- Water treatment
Inspections & Monitoring
Each licensed pool is inspected at least once per year. In addition, water quality is routinely monitored and reported to our office using a monthly operation reporting form (PDF). If water samples show unsafe conditions, the pool is ordered closed until the water quality improves and meets public health standards.
Construction & Remodeling
Construction plans for a new or remodeled pool are reviewed by our office to make sure they comply with regulations. A construction permit application (PDF) is needed before construction can start and an inspection is required before the pool can open.
Emergency Response Plans
All licensed pools are required by the Public Health Code to develop an Emergency Response Plan. The plan addresses blood spills and fecal accidents in pools, equipment failure, and water quality problems.
A guide called Suggested Practices for Contingency and Emergency Response Plans (PDF) is available from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Rules & Regulations
- Guide to Compliance With the Pool and Spa Safety Act (PDF): The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is an important child safety law that requires anti-entrapment drain covers for public swimming pools in Michigan. When replacing drain covers, you must fill out a Pool Main Drain Cover Replacement Form for Compliance (PDF) and submit it to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for approval.
- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: Michigan Public Swimming Pool Monitoring Program
- Public Health Code and Administrative Rules Governing Public Swimming Pools (PDF)
Pool & Swimming Safety Resources
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthy Swimming and Recreational Water Website
- National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF): Certified Pool Operator Training
- Safe Kids: Water Safety Guide
For more information, call 231-724-6208.