Public Swimming Pools and Spas
The Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012 controls the public health risk associated with public swimming and spa pools. Following is a selection of materials which will assist in understanding public swimming pool and spa pool issues. This includes pools and spas:
- Provided at a work place, or
- Provided at a hotel, motel, guest house, holiday unit, or
- Provided at a school or hospital.
Swimming pools or spa pools in private residential premises are not public swimming pools or spas.
During the warmer months of October through to March Council's Environmental Health Officers carry out the Public Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Monitoring Program. The Program involves the on-site monitoring of various water quality parameters such as pH, alkalinity, free and total chlorine along with the collection and analysis of microbiological water samples to ensure compliance with the Public Health legislation.
- Public Health Act 2010 - Extract
- Public Health Regulation 2012 - Extract
- Schedule 1 - Public Health Regulation 2012- Extract
Sample Log Sheet
- Public Swimming Pools and Spa Pools Advisory Document
- APVMA Guide for Demonstrating Efficacy of Pool and Spa Sanitisers - July 2014
Clean Pools for Healthy Swimming Campaign
- Disinfection of Swimming Pools and Spa Pools
- Record Keeping - Log Sheets
- Controlling Chloramines in Indoor Swimming Pools
- Continual Breakpoint Chlorination
- Cryptosporidium and Giardia in Swimming and Spa Pools
- Oxidation-Reduction Potential
- Swimming Pool Microbiology Testing Frequency
- Swimming Pool Chemical Testing Frequency
- Stabiliser (Cyanurate) Use in Outdoor Swimming Pools
- Reuse and Recycling of Swimming Pool Backwash Water
- Rainwater (roof water) harvesting for swimming pools
Contamination Response Plans - for Operators
- Cryptosporidium Notification Response Plan
- Faecal Incident Loose Stool Response Plan
- Faecal Incident Solid Stool Response Plan
- Vomit Incident Response Plan
- Hard Surface Incident Response Plan (vomit, blood or faecal)
Owners/Operators of public swimming pools or spa pools in the Ballina Shire are required to be registered on Council's Public Swimming Pool and Spa Pool Register.
Registration can be carried out by contacting Council to request an application form and returning the completed form to Council along with the appropriate fee:
- Public Swimming Pool Water Quality Registration and Inspection Fee: $220.00 (2016/17 Financial Year)
- Public Swimming Pool Water Quality Re-Inspection and Subsequent Inspections Fee: $184.00 (2016/17 Financial Year)
Any enquiries regarding Public Swimming Pools or procedures can be made to Council's Public and Environmental Health Section on 02 6686 1210.