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Swimming Pools | Fecal Contamination | Signage Requirements 

Swimming pools are defined as any structure, chamber, or tank containing an artificial body of water for swimming, diving, relaxation, or recreational use.  This typically includes all public indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, diving pools, spas and water flumes. 

See the Ramsey County Public Swimming Pool Ordinance (pdf) for a full description of definitions and applicable rules.

Swimming pools are routinely inspected for a variety of factors, including the following areas:

  • photo of inspection of swimming poolWater chemistry (disinfectant, pH, alkalinity, etc.), clarity and temperature
  • Operations - including a certified pool operator, daily records, pool test kit
  • Life, health and safety issues - life poles, ring buoys, signage, depth markings, no diving markings, ladders, lifeguards, spine boards, etc.
  • Access restrictions
  • Equipment repair and operation
  • Pool Structure, repair, cleanliness, lighting
  • Support facilities, such as locker rooms, saunas, showers and toilets
  • Special pool operations and signage requirements, such as for spas and flumes
  • Building and pool structure and maintenance, lighting, ventilation, cleanliness

License Application (pdf)
Outdoor Pool Opening Checklist (pdf)
Pool Operations Record Log (pdf)

Pool Operator Certification     
Environmental Health offers the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Certified Pool Operator (CPO®) Training Institute for Swimming Pool Operation and Management each spring.

The Public Health Department offers two (2) courses: the initial (basic) course, and a renewal course. Each course is offered annually. The basic course is 16 hours, including the certification exam. Pool operators who have been previously certified by NSPF have two options for certification renewal: they may take the exam without a class, or they may attend the one-day recertification course.  

The instructors for these courses are staff who are certified by the NSPF to teach this course. The instructors are Registered Environmental Health Specialists (sanitarians) with experience in the swimming pool program.   This nationally recognized course was established in 1974 to train and recognize qualified swimming pool operators. After successful completion of the course, each certified pool operator will receive a CPO certificate from the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). Certification is valid for five (5) years.  Every public swimming pool in Minnesota is required by state rules to have a certified pool operator.   AskEH to request more information on Pool Operator Certification.

Upcoming Training
April 15 & 16, 2015 | Registration Brochure (pdf)

Additional Information
Swimming Pool Plan Reviews, Minnesota Department of Health
Pool applications and forms

Chemical Standards (pdf)
Public Swimming Pool Chemistry Requirements 

Disease & Health Concerns, Centers for Disease Control 
Provides information for swimmers, pool operators, and public health professionals to improve the swimming experience by raising awareness about the spread of recreational water illnesses (RWIs).

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