Swimming Pools - Licensing, Inspection, Health Concerns & Plan Reviews
Inspection and Plan Reviews
Per Section 7.72 of the City Code, any pool, spa pool, or water feature located within the city limits and intended to be used by the general public or which is semi-public shall be licensed with the City of Wichita. This includes swimming pools, spa pools, and other recreational water features operated by the City of Wichita or public school districts within the city limits. The owner, lessee or manager of each regulated pool, spa pool, or recreational water feature shall keep a daily record on forms furnished by Environmental Health. A copy of the current license for each feature shall be kept with the daily records. The records are to be made available to the Environmental Health representative upon inspection and shall be maintained on site for a period of at least one year.
Per Section 7.72.190 of the City Code, a representative from Environmental Health is authorized to conduct periodic inspections and collect water samples of the regulated pools, spa pool, and water features to ensure that compliance with City Code is maintained. Any pool, spa, or water feature found to be out of compliance can be ordered to be closed until compliance requirements are achieved. The most common reason for closure is insufficient disinfectant levels. Pools can also be closed for failure to maintain and/or provide the appropriate safety equipment, low water visibility (unable to see the bottom of the pool), a fecal and/or vomit accident. If a fecal or vomit accident occurs, the pool manager is to report the incident to Environmental Health at the time of the incident and immediately close the impacted pool, spa, or recreational water feature and direct everyone to leave the facility. The pool manager or operator is then to follow the most current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended procedures for responding to fecal accidents in chlorinated recreational water venues. If possible, a representative from Environmental Health will arrive on site to conduct an assessment and evaluation. The facility should not be reopened until the CDC recommended procedures have been implemented and the water quality restored.
Environmental Health may, upon ten days written notice, suspend or revoke a license for any of the following reasons;
- Violations of Section 7.72 of the City Code with the potential to affect the public health or safety
- Repeated violations of Section 7.72 of the City Code, found in consecutive inspections
- Interference with the regulatory authority in the performance of its duty
- Continued operation after an order of closure
No person or entity shall begin construction of a regulated swimming pool, regulated spa pool, wading pool, or other recreational water feature or substantially alter or reconstruct the above without first have submitted plans and specifications to Environmental Health for review and approval.
Recreational Water Illness (RWI)
RWIs are illnesses that are spread by swallowing, breathing or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers or oceans. RWIs can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections. The most common reported recreational water illness is diarrhea. Diarrheal illnesses can be caused by germs such as Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella, norovirus and E coli O157:H7.
Prevent the Spread of RWIs
Practice these six steps to protect yourself and others from getting sick.