Thousands of public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds close each year because of serious violations, reports the CDC. One in eight inspections causes an immediate closure, while kiddie pools were the worst- with one in five inspections leading to a closure.

The most common violations reported were related to improper pH (15 percent), safety equipment (13 percent), and disinfectant concentration (12 percent).

Scores

This list covers pools that are indoor and/or open year round. Next week, we will list the latest available scores for local outdoor pools.

All scores are from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Outdoor pools:

PoolScore
Franklin Rec Center Outdoor100
Spring Hill Rec Center Outdoor100
Nolensville Rec Center Outdoor100
Fairview Rec Center Outdoor99
Redwing Meadows Pool98
Sullivan Farms Kiddie Pool99
Sullivan Farms Pool98
Stream Valley Pool100
Sussex Downs Pool98
Meadowview Apartments100
The Plunge- Berry Farms Academy100
Courtyard- Marirott Whirlpool100
Embassy Suites (whirl)100
Franklin Marriott (whirl)100

Indoor pools:

PlaceScore
Morgan Farms- Brentwood100
Tapestry- Brentwood100
Wellington Place- Brentwood98
Franklin Marriott100
Embassy Suites100
Franklin YMCA (lap pool)99
Franklin YMCA (whirl)99
Will Co. Rec Center (indoor)99
Courtyard by Marriott- Franklin100
Drury Plaza100
Brentwood YMCA (outdoor)100
Oakhall Subdivision98
Cadence Cool Springs100

Inspections

“Environmental health practitioners, or public health inspectors, play a very important role in protecting public health,” said Michele Hlavsa, R.N., M.P.H., chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program.  “However, almost one third of local health departments do not regulate, inspect, or license public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds. We should all check for inspection results online or on site before using public pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds and do our own inspection before getting into the water.”

Williamson County is in the two-thirds that performs inspections, with the county office of the Tennessee Department of Health directing monthly inspections of operating pools.

Pool inspections work similarly to restaurant inspections, with 100 being the highest score. Pools are scored on 34 criteria– 20 of which are considered critical. A critical violation must be fixed within 10 days or the pool will be shut down. Any violation that poses an “imminent health hazard” must be fixed, or the pool closed, immediately.

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