Public Swimming Pools and Spa Pools

Council's role

Wagga Wagga City Council's Environmental Health Officers keep a register of and regularly inspect all public swimming pools and public spa pools. A public swimming pool may include; municipal swimming pools, pools and spas at hotels and motels, clubs, schools, gyms, sports centres, resorts, hospitals and workplaces.

Registration

If you own or operate a public swimming pool or spa pool and are not previously registered with Council, please complete the below form.

Public health risks 
Due to public pools being open to many members of the community they are likely to be contaminated with a greater diversity of disease causing organisms compared to a private pool.  Disease causing organisms can live and grow in pool water unless the water is adequately disinfected.

Water, chemical and other requirements

All public pools and spas are required to comply with the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012

Operators of public pools or spa pools should monitor;

  • The chemical and physical attributes of the water
  • The bathing loads throughout operational times, as additional testing of treatment may be required.

Chlorinated public pools should comply with the below parameters:   

 

 

Chemical Parameters for Pool Type

Pool Type

Free Chlorine (mg/L) minimum

Total Chlorine (mg/L) maximum

Combined Chlorine (mg/L) maximum

pH Range

Total Alkalinity (mg/L) range

Outdoor

1.0

10.0

1.0

7.2 -7.8

80 - 200

Outdoor stabilised with iso cyanuric acid

3.0

10.0

N/A

7.2 -7.8

80 - 200

Indoor – temp ≤ 26°

1.5

10.0

1.0

7.2 -7.8

80 - 200

  Indoor – temp ≥ 26°  2.0  10.0  1.0  7.2 -7.8  80 - 200

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