Thousands of public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds close each year because of serious violations, reports the CDC. One in eight inspections caused 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).
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.
Pool Score Violations
Sullivan Farms Kiddie Pool 94 on 6/9 pH range; pool facilities, equipment not clean
Sullivan Farms Pool 98 on 6/9 pool facilities (bottom) not clean
Redwing Meadows Pool 94 on 6/9 Safety- signs, steps, ladders
The Plunge- Berry Farms Academy 100 on 6/9 Stream Valley Pool 100 on 6/9 Sussex Downs Pool 98 on 6/9 pH range
Meadowview Apartments 100 on 6/9 Courtyard- Marirott Whirlpool 100 Embassy Suites (whirl) 100 Franklin Marriott (whirl) 100
“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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