Recreational Water

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) checks each public pool, public spa, wading pool, and splash pad to make sure the facilities are following regulations and guidelines for water treatment and safety. This helps prevent illness from swimming in contaminated water.

Contact us  if you are:

  • opening a public pool, spa or splash pad
  • re-opening a public pool, spa or splash pad facility that has been closed for more than 4 weeks

You need to include the following information with your notification:

  • Date the facility is to be opened or re-opened
  • The name and address of the operator
  • Whether the facility is a class A, B or C facility as outlined in Ontario Regulation 565: Public Pools

HPPH inspection frequency

We inspect the water quality of indoor pools and spas every 3 months and outdoor pools and spas at least twice a year. Wading pools, splash pads and spray pads are inspected once a year.

Daily monitoring and recording frequency

If you operate a public pool, spa, wading pool or splash/spray pad, you must test and record the total alkalinity, pH, free available chlorine, total chlorine or bromine residual and water clarity:

  • 30 minutes prior to opening
  • Every 2 hours until the daily use has ended

If the pool, spa, wading pool or splash/spray pad has an automatic sensing device, these parameters must be tested and recorded:

  • 30 minutes prior to opening
  • Every 4 hours until the daily use has ended

We recommend that you use logbooks to record these requirements.

First aid kit requirements

Public pools and spas must have first aid kits with the minimum contents:

  • A current copy of a standard first aid manual
  • Safety pins
  • Adhesive dressings (individually wrapped)
  • Sterile gauze pads, each 75 mm square
  • 50 mm gauze bandages
  • 100 mm gauze bandages
  • Sterile surgical pads suitable for pressure dressings (individually wrapped)
  • Triangular bandages
  • Rolls of splint padding
  • At least 1 roll-up splint
  • At least 1 pair of scissors
  • Non-permeable gloves
  • Resuscitation pocket masks