Public Pools and Spas
Swimming pools and spas have the potential to become contaminated by different types of disease causing micro-organisms that can affect the skin, ears, eyes and gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts.
To protect public health, public pools and spas are regulated under the Recreational Water Quality Guidelines 2007.
This means that the operator of a public pool or spa must:
- display Bather Warning Notices (refer to Appendix C of the Guidelines);
- maintain microbiological water quality and chemical parameters in accordance with the Guidelines;
- test chemical parameters on a monthly basis or, if directed in writing by an Authorised Officer, more frequently;
- submit water samples to a NATA accredited laboratory to be tested for microbiological quality on a monthly basis or, if directed in writing by an Authorised Officer, more frequently;
- maintain records of microbiological water sample results;
- maintain a logbook that records water quality information; and
- conduct additional water sampling if a failed microbiological water quality result is returned. The pool or spa may be forced to close until results indicate the water is safe again.
For further information, please contact us or see our Building and Plumbing pages.