Public Pools and Spas

The operation of public pools and spas is governed by Ontario regulations 565/90 and 428/05 respectively under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O 1990, c.H.7.

Public Wading Pools, Splash pads and Spray pads

The operation of public wading pools, splash pads and spray pads is governed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document. This document serves as a best practice document and it provides recommendations on minimum standards to protect public health at these facilities.

Owner and Operator Responsibilities

Public pool and spa owners and operators have a legal responsibility to maintain pools and spas in accordance with regulation requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements puts the health and safety of bathers at risk of getting a recreational water illness such as cryptosporidium or injuries like cuts, sprains or even drowning.

Role of Perth District Health Unit

Public Health Inspectors carry out routine inspections of all public pools, spas, wading pools, splash pads and spray pads in Perth County to ensure compliance with the provinces mandatory regulations and guidance documents.

To help pool and spa owners and operators in complying with these regulations, the Health Unit has developed a pool operator manual and spa operator manual.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Cares guidance document for wading pools, splash pads and spray pads can be found in Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document.

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