Yavapai County Community Health Services

What is the Swimming Pool/Spa Inspection Program?

Yavapai County Community Health Services Environmental Health Unit inspects all public and semi-public pools and spas. This includes routine inspections and responses to complaints. Public and semi-public pools/spas include pools at apartment complexes, community pools, health clubs, motels, and resorts.

Basic Operation Requirements for Public/Semi-Public Pools and Spas

Reference: Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter 8, Article 8 

  • Maintain a free available chlorine residual between 1 and 3 PPM (pools), 3 and 5 PPM (spas); free bromine residual between 2 and 4 PPM (pools), 3 and 5 PPM (spa).
  • Maintain a pH between 7.2 and 7.8.
  • Keep daily operating records. Provide a DPD test kit.
  • Post required signs: No Diving, No Glass, maximum bather load, etc.

If a pool is not properly maintained, inspectors can close the pool until the violations are corrected and the pool is re-inspected, if necessary.

Common Reasons for Closing a Pool

  • Improper disinfectant and/or pH levels
  • The filtration or disinfection system is inoperative or missing.
  • Excessive turbidity (you can’t see the main drain or the bottom of the pool from the side of the pool).
  • Electrical wires noted over the pool.
  • Broken glass in the pool or pool area.
  • Any other conditions that may cause injury or a danger to public health.

Why is it needed?

All pools and spas have the potential of causing a water-borne disease if not properly maintained.

Who is required to obtain a license?

All public and semi-public pools and spas.

Is there a cost?

Yes, see Fee Schedule 

What are the goals of the program?

To improve the safety and water quality of public and semi-public pools and spas.

What has the program achieved?

A safer place to enjoy water activities in our communities.

Who do I contact for more information?

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