Public Health

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Pool and Spa Inspections Now Available on Linn County Public Health Website

Linn County Public Health is pleased to announce the availability of all Linn County swimming pool and spa inspections online now. The online database of swimming pool and spa inspection results was launched this week and can be accessed at: https://publicpoolinspectionsearch.linncounty.org/

The majority of public swimming pools, wading pools, spas, and water slides must be licensed in the state of Iowa. Residential swimming pools and spas are excluded from licensing. The licensed pools and spas are required to undergo one health inspection per year. During this routine inspection the inspector will check water chemistry, maintenance and emergency protocols, the pool structure, and records. If the inspection reveals issues such as the presence of certain bacteria, improper chemical use, unusually cloudy water, broken or missing equipment, or unprotected electrical equipment often results in closure. These violations must be resolved before the pool or spa can be reopened for public use.

“Linn County Public Health is constantly improving its services and making them readily available to our customers,” said Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director of Linn County Public Health. “We are the first in the state of Iowa to post swimming pool and spa inspection results online.” A search can be conducted using a table or a map of where the aquatic facility is located. Reports can be found for the last 5 years and contain the type of inspection, address, water quality analysis and number of violations if any were found. “By putting the information online and making it easily accessible by the public, they can use it to make decisions as it relates to their health,” said Heidi Peck, Environmental Quality Supervisor for Linn County Public Health.

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