Public Pools & Spas

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The Amador County Environmental Health Department oversees public pools and spas within the county for the protection of public health and safety. A public pool is defined as swimming pools, spa pools, and wading pools, at: apartments, condominiums, townhouses, hotels, motels, schools, community centers, health clubs, mobile home parks, campgrounds, or resorts.

This program was developed to ensure that all public pools and spas are free of safety hazards and risk of communicable diseases. The Environmental Health Department reviews plans for compliance with code requirements, conducts construction inspections, makes unannounced inspections of pools and spas throughout the year, and investigates complaints. Our inspections cover a wide range of issues from construction, water chemistry, to operations.

Please contact the Environmental Health Department in addition to the Building Department with jurisdiction over the area in which the pool/spa is or going to be located for appropriate permits when constructing, remodeling or altering any public swimming pool and spa.  Any changes made to a public pool/spa deck, barrier or equipment requires review and approval from the Amador County Environmental Health Department prior to start of work even if the public pool/spa is located within one of Amador County's incorporated cities and a building permit has been obtained from the Building Department.

If you have any questions or would like more information on a particular facility that we inspect, please contact us at (209)223-6439.

Public Pool and Spa Forms and Useful Information and Links:

Public Pool/Spa Permit Application or Public Pool/Spa Permit Update.   Forms used when applying for a public pool/spa permit or when updating information on the original application; such as a change in ownership.  The application contains facility operation information including Pool or Spa Location, Owner, Manager, and Emergency Contact information. A current copy is required to be kept on file with Environmental Health and will be checked at the time of inspection.

Water Quality Log.  A form for use in complying with required record keeping for all Public Pools/Spas (California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Chapter 20, Article 3, section 65523). A current copy is required to be kept on file and will be checked at the time of inspection. 

Contamination Incidents at Public Pools. An information sheet that has recommendations for the Managers when a fecal accident, vomit or blood contamination, a near drowning or a drowning incident should occur at a public pool.

California Pool Code - codes and regulations pertaining to the design, construction, operation and mainentance of public swimming pools.

California Department of Public Health Public Swimming Pool Requirements Has information on promoting and assuring the safety of recreational waters through the development of protective standards, regulations, and monitoring requirements.

Center for Disease Control (CDC). Has information on water-borne diseases and safe swimming.

National Swimming Pool Foundation The National swimming Pool Foundation is a non-profit international organization dedicated to improving public health by creating a safer aquatic environment through education and research.

Certified Pool Operator Course This course teaches how to operate and maintain a public pool. It is designed to give a broad base of information from pool construction information to chemical balancing.

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