Proper treatment of swimming pool water is crucial to preventing
water-related illness. The Environmental Health Services Unit inspects over 900
indoor pools, outdoor pools, and spas annually and works with the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ) to open new facilities in
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 517-284-6541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swimming Pool Seasonal Opening Checklist
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.
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
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