Why are swimming pools and spas inspected in Iowa?
The Swimming Pool and Spas program develops rules to establish minimum safety and sanitation criteria for the operation and use of swimming pools and spas to keep Iowans safe. Inspections are completed at the time of construction and periodically thereafter for the purpose of identifying obvious deviations from the rules that present health or safety hazards so they can be corrected by the owner. There are many potential health concerns related to swimming pools and spas, including transmission of disease, injuries, and the potential for drowning.
How many pools and spas are inspected in Iowa?
There are about 1300 pools, more than 420 spas, 260 wading pools, and 260 water slides at about 1,260 locations in Iowa that are inspected each year.
Who inspects pools and spas in my community?
Swimming pools and spas in Iowa are inspected annually by a local designated inspection agency. Inspection records are maintained for a period of three years by this agency.
How do I file a Complaint?
Complaints are a method of informing the Swimming Pool and Spa program about concerns at a public swimming pool or spa.
There are two ways to file a complaint:
- A person may call the designated inspection agency directly. Typically this is the county public health department, but may be a neighboring county.
- A person may complete a Complaint Form.