Swimming Pools and Spas

Under the General Regulations of the South Australia Public Health Act, 2011 Environmental Health Officers have the responsibility and authority to inspect 'public' swimming pools, spa pools and water slides.

A pool is considered to be 'available for public use' if it is:

  • Available for use by members of the public on payment of an admission of membership fee.
  • Available for use by persons staying at:
    • A hotel, motel or guest house
    • A camping or caravan ground
    • Any other similar where accommodation is provided on a temporary basis
  • Available for use by persons who live or work in, or attend, the premises where the pool is situated, other than where the pool is used in connection with a single private residence and is only available for the use of residents or their guests. This includes flats or units with a shared swimming pool and schools.

When inspecting a public swimming pool the Environmental Health Officer will look for a number of things including:

  • The pool is fitted with automatic equipment that continuously analyses and controls the level of disinfectant in the water, and the pH level of the water to the required standards.
  • The levels of disinfectant (eg Chlorine), pH and alkalinity are to the required standards.
  • A log book is kept of results of tests or readings carried out.
  • all equipment (eg filters) are maintained in clean and efficient condition.
  • The condition of the pool cleanliness, structure and surroundings (eg presence of leaves and algae, broken tiles, rusty ladders, etc).

For further information please call 8372 8888.

Enjoy your Pool this Summer

This summer keep your pool clean and the water sparkling

With the weather getting warmer, it is important to keep your pool water sparkling. Adequate testing and maintenance of swimming pool water is a health and safety issue and should be done regularly across the swimming season. Swimmers introduce micro-organisms, body secretion, sunscreen lotions and other pollutants to the water.

Pool water must be maintained at a high quality to prevent ear, eye, skin and intestinal infections.

In the normal operation of swimming pools, water is collected by the filtration system which captures and contains pollutants in the filter. To work efficiently, swimming pool filters require regular backwashing to clear out all the contaminants.

How Should You Dispose of Your Pool Water

Swimming pool backwash water must not be discharged to or allowed to run-off into roadways, gutters, creeks, rivers, lakes, coastal waters or neighbouring properties.

Backwash from swimming pools must be directed to the sewer or used to irrigate your lawn or garden area. Swimming pools should be permanently connected to the sewer at the time of installation or construction, and with approval from SA Water telephone 1300 650 950. Don’t let pool water run into septic tanks or other waste water disposal systems; use the water on grass or garden areas or stone-filled trench areas.

Don’t forget if you have a salt chlorinated pool you need to have salt tolerant plants and occasionally water with clean, good quality water.

For more information contact the Environmental Services Department on 8372 8816 or visit www.epa.sa.gov.au