| Pool Program
The Johnson County Health Department regulates public and semi-public Johnson County swimming pools.
Pool Rules– All public and semi-public pools are inspected for compliance under two rules:
· 410 IAC -22.1 – The Indiana State Department of Health “Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools Rule” (Operating Standards)
Access the site at http://www.in.gov/isdh/21958.htm
· 675 IAC 20 – The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission “Swimming Pool, Spa and Water Attraction Code, third edition.” (Construction Standards)
Access this site at: http://www.in.gov/dhs/2372.htm
Pool Operating Licenses – Licenses run from May 30th to May 31st of the following year.
· Existing Pool – If your pool has previously been licensed by Johnson County you will receive a “Swimming Pool Licensing Packet” via email in March of the licensing year.
The application, fee schedule, and other essentials are included.
(If not received by the end of March please contact the Health Department.)
New Pool or Remodeled Pool – A “Swimming Pool Construction Permit Application” form must be submitted to the Health Department with the appropriate fee and the engineering plans prior to the start of construction. A “New Pool Application” must later be submitted to apply for operation.
Water Sampling Requirements – Pool operators must submit a weekly bacteriological water report. You may use any state certified laboratory or the current co-op lab (Micro-Air) listed on the left side.
Detailed pool information and forms are available on the links listed on the left.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I have to sample my pool water?
Indiana State code requires that you submit one (1) sample per week whenever your pool is open. A separate sample is required for each individual pool or spa.
What are the current Indiana rules governing Johnson County swimming areas?
Does my private swimming pool need to be licensed?
Does my semi-public or public pool, spa, or beach need to be licensed?
How can I get my public pool licensed?
Are Johnson County swimming pools and spas inspected?
What are reasons a pool can be closed by the Johnson County Health Department?
Swimming pools, spas, and beaches must maintain operating and sanitation standards as set-forth in the Indiana State Department of Health Swimming Pool Rule, 410 IAC 6-2.1.
A pool shall be closed when any of the following occurs:
– (1) Failure to meet bacteriological requirements of section 31(f) of this rule. (Pools must test weekly for bacteriological contamination.)
– (2) Failure to meet disinfectant concentrations of section 30(b) of this rule. (Pools must maintain specific concentrations of disinfectant.)
– (3) Failure to meet the water clarity requirements of section 31(a) of this rule. (Cloudy or discolored water may obscure the bottom.)
– (4) The grate on the main drain is missing or broken. (This is potential for suction-entrapment accidents.)
– (5) Failure to meet lifeguard requirements of section 35 of this rule.
– (6) A pump, filter, or disinfectant feeder is nonoperational.
– (7) A nonsolid fecal accident occurs.
– (8) The spa water temperature exceeds one hundred four (104) degrees Fahrenheit.
Where can I have my swimming pool water tested?
Does Johnson County offer pool operation classes?
Are there specific water temperature requirements for pools?
What kinds of diseases can I get from swimming in a pool or spa that does not maintain water quality?
Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) varies in type and severity. Gastrointestinal illnesses such as Cryprosporidium, Shigella, E. coli and Norovirus occur in pools and spas each year. Respiratory infections such as Legionella, Pontiac Fever are common. Skin, ear and eye infections caused by Pseudomonas, Staph and Bacillus are also frequently associated with pools. Additional information on RWIs can be found on CDCs web site.
I am the operator of a semi-public pool that has 2,500 square feet of surface area. Do I have to provide a lifeguard?
Yes. 410 IAC 6-2.1-35 states that “A qualified lifeguard is required for all semi-public pools with a surface area of two thousand (2,000) square feet or more. Lifeguards must be on duty at poolside at all times when the pools are open for use.”
While conducting a routine pre-opening inspection of the pool, the remains of what appears to be a solid fecal accident was discovered in one of the skimmer baskets. What should I do?
The rule addresses two specific types of fecal accidents: solid and nonsolid. Specific procedures are outlined that detail appropriate steps to take for each type of incident and differ because of varying degrees of contamination. Those procedures are further based on the assumption that the accident is discovered quickly. This instance poses a unique situation that must be handled differently than specifically detailed in the rule.
A solid formed stool, discovered and removed quickly after the accident, has little time to shed significant numbers of disease producing organisms into the pool water. When the fecal material has the opportunity to remain in the pool for an extended period of time, the material will be eroded, dispersed throughout the pool and will lodge in the filter media where it will continue to shed organisms. To assure the greatest level of protection for the bather, incidents of this type should be handled as though the accident was nonsolid. The pool should be closed and the nonsolid stool procedures followed.
The pH in my pool changes drastically throughout the day. Bather load does not seem affect these wide changes. What should I do?
There are two questions to consider. One; How old are the reagents in the test kit? Reagents have a shelf life that is affected by environmental factors such as heat, light and humidity. If the reagents, or the test kit itself, are stored in an area subject to wide changes in temperature, sunlight and humidity, the shelf life will be compromised. Test kits and reagents should be stored in a cabinet where these environmental factors are more easily controlled.
The second question to ask is what is the alkalinity of the pool water? Total Alkalinity is a measure of the pH buffering capacity, or the water’s resistance to a change in pH. Maintaining proper alkalinity is important to the life expectancy of the pool, because a low total alkalinity can result in highly corrosive water that will damage metal surfaces. Total alkalinity must be at least 80 parts per million (ppm). It is generally accepted that pool water should be maintained between 100 and 150 ppm of total alkalinity.
How often should I check the chemicals in the pool?
1. pH and disinfectant residuals daily before the pool is open for use and at least one other time during the hours of pool use.
2. Combined chlorine at least twice a week when chlorine is used.
3. Total alkalinity at least once a week.
4. Cyanuric acid, when it is used, at least once a week.
I live in a neighborhood that owns and maintains a private pool for use by the homeowners in the subdivision. The pool is operated and maintained by the neighborhood association. Does the pool have to meet the standards of the rule?
Yes. 410 IAC 6-2.1-17 defines a “Semi-public pool” as “any pool that is intended to be used for swimming or bathing and is operated solely for and in conjunction with:
1. schools, universities, and colleges;
2. hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, bed and breakfasts, or similar lodgings;
3. camps or mobile home parks; or
4. membership clubs or associations.”
How can I help keep pools clean and safe?
Three “PLEAs” for All Swimmers
Practice these three “PLEAs” to stop germs from causing illness at the pool:
Three “PLEAs” for Parents of Young Kids
Follow these three “PLEAs” to keep germs out of the pool and your community:
How do I clean up spills of body fluids on a pool deck?
Body fluids, including blood, feces, and vomit are all considered potentially contaminated with bloodborne or other germs. Therefore, spills of these fluids on the pool deck should be cleaned up and the contaminated surfaces disinfected immediately.
One of the most commonly used chemicals for disinfection is a homemade solution of household bleach and water. Since a solution of bleach and water loses its strength quickly, it should be mixed fresh before each clean-up to make sure it is effective.
For more information, contact Chris Menze at 317) 346-4375 or firstname.lastname@example.org also, Bob Smith at 317) 346-4372 or email@example.com .