ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Public Swimming Pools

Monitoring Public Swimming Pools

While HDNW staff also tests the water at beaches, we can be found sampling public swimming pools and spas to safeguard the people who use them. According to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), public swimming pools or spas are defined as "an artificial body of water … used for the purpose of swimming, wading, recreation, or instruction." Facilities having public pools consist of schools, hotels, apartments, campgrounds, hospitals, fitness centers, condominiums, and neighborhood association and more.

HDNW conducts thorough inspections with a clear set of objectives. These inspections aim to improve operator competency by conducting audits, providing education, and facilitating certifications. Additionally, the inspections work towards minimizing the potential risks associated with swimming, such as illnesses, injuries, or tragic incidents. They ensure that swimming facilities have robust contingency plans to respond effectively to biohazard events, such as blood, feces, or vomit within or around the pool area.

By addressing these objectives, we strive to create a safer and healthier environment for all pool-goers and maintain the highest standards of public health and safety for all residents in Northwest Michigan.