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Pool/Spa Operators

Pool, Spa, Wading Pool and Splash Pad Operators

The Peterborough Public Health is responsible for the inspection of all public recreational water facilities (pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads) in the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County.,

Public recreational water facilities are inspected regularly by public health inspectors to prevent and reduce the risk of water borne-illnesses and life-threatening injuries. Infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa parasites can survive in recreational water and cause an outbreak of waterborne infections, such as respiratory infections, intestinal infections, and infections of the eyes, ears, throat and skin. Broken or missing drain covers are dangerous and can cause evisceration or body, finger and hair entrapment that can leading to drowning.

Owners and operators of public pools and public spas are required to operate and maintain the pool or spa according to the Ontario Public Pool Regulation 565 and Ontario Public Spa Regulation 428 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. R.S.O 1990, c.H.7.

Public health inspectors perform routine inspections, and provide information and guidance to the owners and operators of these facilities to ensure compliance of the law and a safe and healthy recreational water environment for the public.

Public health inspectors are also required to inspect wading pools and splash pads/spray pads according to the Operating Procedures for Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document created by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The Ontario Public Health Standards states public recreational water facilities must be at minimum inspected the at following frequencies:

Public Pools: At least two times per year (seasonal) or once every three months (year round) to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 565/90.

Public Spas: At least two times a year (seasonal) or once every three months (year round) to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 428/05.

Public Wading Pools & Spray/Splash Pads: At least two times per year (seasonal) or once every three months (year round) to monitor sanitation and safety, and assess consistency with the Operating Procedures for Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document.

Additional information can be found under Resources to the right.

 

Last modified on Aug 16, 2016