Salt Lake County Health DepartmentGeneral Information Salt Lake County, UT 385-468-4100
All public swimming pools and spas in Salt Lake County must have a current health department permit to operate.
To maintain a swimming pool/spa permit, a facility must:
Permits are not transferable. When a change of ownership occurs at a property with a pool, spa, or interactive water feature, the new owner must apply for a new permit via all steps listed above.
Private residential swimming pools (whose use is restricted to an individual, one family, or no more than three living units’ residents and guests) do not require a health department permit, but should have a six-foot-high fence surrounding the pool area with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
Building a new public pool, spa, or water feature in Salt Lake County requires a health department inspection and approval process.
Before construction begins, you must submit the following to the
Water Quality Bureau:
Upon receipt of all materials, a pool inspector will review the plans and email a stamp-approved copy of the plans to involved parties, including the engineer, residing city's planning department, and the pool contractor.
After approval, the pool contractor can call and schedule the pre-gunite, pre-plaster, and final inspection as work progresses, as well as any additional inspections the project requires, as determined by the department.
Some pools/spas will require additional inspections.
Public swimming pools in Salt Lake County must employ a Registered Pool Operator (RPO) certified by the health department. One RPO may operate up to 10 pools under the same ownership. RPO Certification is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue unless revoked or suspended by the health department.
To become a Registered Pool Operator, you must:
Certified Pool Operator classes are two days long and include a written examination. The cost for the course varies, but is generally between $200 and $300.
The health department takes samples of swimming pool water a minimum of once per month per swimming pool (this includes each kiddie pool, whirlpools, water slides, etc.). In addition to checking the pH and chlorine levels while we are there, pool samplers take a water sample to test for total coliform count and heterotrophic plate count; high levels of either test could indicate a potential bacterial problem in the water.
If your pool fails a bacteriological sample, a sampler will come back and take a second sample of your pool for that month. If your second sample fails, a health inspector will visit your facility with a formal complaint and educate your CPO on how to better care for your pool. They will also analyze the pool to determine if it is an imminent health hazard and may close the pool temporarily until the CPO corrects the problems.
In addition to harming people in the pool, water with the wrong chemical balance can also damage various parts of the pool and lead to expensive repair costs. The documents and site below will help you properly maintain the chemical balance in pools.
Please call us at 385-468-3862 if you have any questions about properly maintaining your pool.
Swimming is a fun, active, and healthy way to spend leisure time. However, in the past two decades we have seen an increase in the number of recreational water illnesses (RWI), like cryptosporidiosis, in our community.
Cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by a very small parasite. Both the parasite and the disease are often called crypto. Crypto cysts are much more resistant to chlorine in swimming pool water than most germs.
Most people who get crypto have watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, an upset stomach, or slight fever. In some people the diarrhea can be so severe that they lose weight. Other people with crypto may have no symptoms.
Most outbreaks of diarrhea associated with pools appear to be related to fecal contamination of the water by someone who is ill with diarrhea. In addition, tiny amounts of fecal matter are rinsed off all swimmers' bottoms as they swim through the water.
For any public swimming facility, continuous filtration and disinfection of water should reduce the risk of spreading illness. However, patrons may still be exposed to crypto during the time it takes for chlorine to work or for water to be cycled through filters. Much higher levels of chlorine or contact time periods are required to destroy crypto cysts.
Pool operators work hard to prevent the spread of Crypto. However, they can only do so much. It is important that each of us makes decisions that will protect one another. Following these simple steps helps protects your family and others:
Notify us so we can work to correct any problems and help protect others.
Visit the CDC’s Healthy Swimming pagesfor more information