Pool Musts

The following are some of the most serious items inspectors check at public pools in Polk:

  • Free available chlorine – the formation of chlorine that kills organisms and must be between 1 and 10 parts per million in conventional swimming pools. The level should be between 1 1/2 and 10 parts per million for pools that use bromine.
  • Levels of pH – must be maintained between 7.2 and 7.8.
  • Clarity – must be clear enough that inspectors can see the main drain grate.
  • Rescue equipment – lifesaving gear, such as a life hook with pole and life ring with rope, are required. They are used to help struggling swimmers out of the water and prevent drowning.
  • License – unlicensed operation can result in immediate closure.
  • Drain grate – if broken, loose or missing, the circulation system for the pool’s filtration becomes exposed and increases the risk of sucking a swimmer under and causing the person to drown. Other problems with the recirculation system can cause a pool to be closed immediately until the problem is fixed.
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