Public Swimming Pool Program
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) is seeking input on a proposed order to implement a regulatory program requiring permitting and inspection of all public and semi-public swimming pools, spas, and interactive water features. A series of public hearings will be held in October and November to provide background information and collect comments on the proposed order. A copy of the proposed order and the related existing state regulations can be found below.
October 9th, 6-7pm, Cedar Park Rec. Center, 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park
October 10th, 6-7pm, Georgetown Rec. Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. Georgetown
October 11th, 6-7pm, WCCHD, 355 Texas Ave., Round Rock
November 7, 2019, at 355 Texas Ave., Round Rock, Texas 78664 at 6:30 pm in conjunction with the WCCHD Board of Health meeting.
Written comments on the proposed order may be submitted to Teresa Galindo, Director Environmental Health Services, Williamson County and Cities Health District, 355 Texas Ave., Round Rock, Texas 78664, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments will be accepted until October 25, 2019, 16 days following the first public hearing.
- Proposed Public Swimming Pool Order
The Williamson County and Cities Health District is establishing a public and semi-public swimming pool permitting and inspection program in January 2020 to increase public health and safety, decrease the risk of illness, drownings and injuries associated with recreational water facilities.
- 32% of injuries happen in public pools and spas. Even if your family frequents a public pool with a lifeguard, never assume that your child’s safety is guaranteed.
- Ensure all pools and spas - both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit - have compliant drain covers. All public pools and spas must have drain grates or covers that meet safety standards to avoid life-threatening incidents. Powerful suction from a pool or spa drain can even trap an adult. (Pool and Spa Safety Act)
A third of treated recreational waterborne disease outbreaks during 2000 through 2014 occurred in hotel pools or hot tubs, according to the CDC.
Pool regulations and codes are developed to make sure that treated recreational water facilities (for example, pools, hot tubs, and water parks) provide a clean, healthy, and safe environment for the public. These regulations set minimum standards (such as the amount of chlorine that should be in the pool) to decrease the public’s risk of illness and injury. To ensure that these regulations are followed, WCCHD will regularly inspect treated recreational water venues.
The program will affect:
- Public and semi-public swimming pools and spas*
- Interactive water features (splash pads)
- Artificial swimming lagoons
*Public and semi-public pools and spas are those facilities operated by a City or County agency, a Home Owners Association, Apartments/Condos, Hotels and other forms of lodging, and commercial pools. The program does not include private residential (backyard) pools.
Related Information: Texas Dept. of State Health Services/Public Swimming Pools and Spas
For more information contact WCCHD Environmental Health at 512-248-7620