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Environmental Health Services Pool Program

Proper treatment of swimming pool water is crucial to preventing water-related illness.  Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) inspects over 900 indoor pools, outdoor pools, and spas annually.  OCHD works with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to open new facilities in the county.

The State Swimming Pool Law explains facility general provisions, construction, operation and use.  The DEQ is responsible for reviewing plans for new facilities and can be reached at (517) 241-1353 or at sissonp@michigan.gov

 

Swimming Pool Operator Obligations

 

EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2008, THE FOLLOWING FEES WILL APPLY TO PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS (does not include State License Fee)

 

Swimming Pool Annual Inspection $66
Swimming Pool Multiple Follow-up Inspection $16

In addition to the Oakland County inspection fee, make sure that all licensure fees are paid through the MDEQ.

 

 

*** NEW WATER TESTING FEE - EXEMPTION ***

Public swimming pool samples having a DEQ/OCHD issued pool ID recorded on the appropriate yellow form are EXEMPT from the new water testing fees that went into effect on January 1, 2012.

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

As the swimming pool operator, you have many tasks. There are three main obligations of a public swimming pool operator required by law. They are:

  • Collection and submission of water samples quarterly for bacteriologic analysis.
  • Submission of operational report to OCHD at the end of each month.
  • Personnel readily available within 15 minutes.

Collection of quarterly water samples for bacteria is critical as an indicator that the pool operation and maintenance are keeping bacteria levels in check.  If results are unacceptable, re-sampling is required.  Repeated unsatisfactory water sample results could lead to closure.  OCHD will require that pool water must be submitted for testing each quarter for bacterial analysis.  Sample bottles should be fresh and proper sampling techniques followed.

Drop-off sites are located at each OCHD office.  Several municipalities also have drop-off locations:

 

  • Farmington Hills City Hall
  • Troy Department of Public Works
  • Novi DPS
  • Madison Heights Department of Public Services
  • Wixom City Hall (summer only)
  • Orion Township Department of Public Works
  • Lyon Township Hall
  • Ortonville Village Office
Please call ahead to verify pick-up times.

Operational Reports must be completed on a daily basis. These forms, available at Health Division offices, are used to record sanitizer residuals three times per day as well as pH, flow rates, cleaning, water temperature, and chemical addition. A copy must be sent to OCHD at the end of each month of operation.

Qualified personnel must be available during all hours in which a swimming pool is open. This person must be available within 15 minutes of arrival. This individual should be responsible for testing water quality and operating equipment for water treatment and circulation.