§ 00047-7. Operation of a public swimming pool, spa, or special use pool  


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  • (A) The depth of water of a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool shall be plainly marked on the adjacent deck surface within two feet of the water's edge and the top of vertical surfaces of a deep public swimming pool in such a manner as to be clearly visible to persons either in or out of the pool. The distance between adjacent markings shall not be greater than 25 feet. The depth of water at a public swimming pool or special use pool shall be marked at maximum and minimum points, at the points of break between the deep and shallow portions, and at intermediate points. A minimum of two depth markings per public spa or wading pool shall be provided.

    (B) Any person suspected of having an infectious wound or communicable disease shall not be permitted to use the pool. No person who is observed passing feces, urine, or blood into a pool or spa shall be permitted to use the pool or spa. Any person who has been refused entry to or removed from a pool or spa under this section may be granted such entry upon presentation of a written statement from a physician that the condition is not infectious or communicable.

    (C) Life saving equipment shall be mounted in conspicuous places, distributed around the swimming pool deck, readily accessible, its function plainly marked, and kept in good repair and ready condition. No one shall use this equipment for any purpose other than its intended use or shall remove such equipment from its established location.

    (D) Pumps, filters, and other mechanical electrical equipment shall be enclosed in such a manner as to be accessible only to authorized persons.

    (E) A bathing suit, towel, linen, or similar article supplied by a public swimming pool shall be washed, sanitized, and thoroughly dried after each individual use.

    (F) Animals shall not be permitted within the enclosed area of a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool.

    (G) No drinking glasses or glass containers shall be permitted in the enclosed area of a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool.

    (H) All public swimming pools, public spas, and special use pools and the surrounding deck area shall be enclosed by a fence or other barrier no less than four feet in height. Such fence or protecting enclosure shall be located not less than five feet from the edge of the pool. All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching with latches placed four feet above the underlying ground or otherwise made inaccessible from the outside to small children. The fence or barrier shall be constructed in such a manner that a sphere with a diameter of four inches cannot be passed through any opening. (Please note: The 5 foot fencing requirement applies to all pools built after January 1, 1991; or existing pools undergoing extensive renovation or modification after January 1, 1991.)

    (I) No child under the age of 14 shall be permitted in a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool unless the public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool has a lifeguard or unless the child is accompanied by a responsible adult.

    (J) Lighting fixtures shall be so arranged and shaded as to provide uniform illumination and reflect light away from adjoining premises and public streets.

    (K) Either area lighting or area and underwater lighting shall be provided at each public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool when nighttime use is permitted. This lighting shall be sufficient to illuminate adequately the pool or spa bottom.

(Amended, Nov. 24, 1992; a. Res. No. 2004-28, §§ 1, 2, eff. Dec. 28, 2004)