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Environmental Health Division


The Environmental Health Division swimming pool program is designed to assure citizens that state licensed swimming pools and spas that are open to the public meet Public Health Code requirements for water treatment, water quality, maintenance, construction, and bather safety. The Michigan building code contains requirements for construction, fencing and safety features. Private pools are exempt from MDEQ licensing and inspection.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality contracts with our department to perform inspections of licensed public pools and spas. Each licensed facility is inspected at least twice annually. During routine inspections, staff looks for compliance with construction, maintenance, safety, water treatment, and water quality regulations and standards. In addition, water quality in each public pool and spa is monitored weekly. Samples are analyzed for coliform bacteria by the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services (HCS) Laboratory, or by a laboratory of the owner's choice. When inspections or water sampling indicates unsafe or unhealthy conditions, bathing facilities are ordered closed until water quality and facility conditions comply with Public Health Code standards.

Helpful Links:

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality This site contains; pool rules, monthly operational reports, emergency response plan, equipment change forms, main drain cover, ADA standards, and other pertinent pool information and contacts

Certified Pool Operator Training

CDC Healthy Swimming Website

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department programs are open to all without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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