Council's role

Wagga Wagga City Council's Environmental Health Officers keep a register of and regularly inspect all public swimming pools and public spa pools. A public swimming pool may include; municipal swimming pools, pools and spas at hotels and motels, clubs, schools, gyms, sports centres, resorts, hospitals and workplaces.

Registration

If you own or operate a public swimming pool or spa pool and are not previously registered with Council, please complete the below form.

Public health risks

Due to public pools being open to many members of the community they are likely to be contaminated with a greater diversity of disease causing organisms compared to a private pool.  Disease causing organisms can live and grow in pool water unless the water is adequately disinfected.

Water, chemical and other requirements

All public pools and spas are required to comply with the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2012

Operators of public pools or spa pools should monitor;

  • The chemical and physical attributes of the water
  • The bathing loads throughout operational times, as additional testing of treatment may be required.

Chlorinated public pools should comply with the below parameters:

 Chemical Parameters for Pool Type
Pool TypeFree Chlorine (mg/L) minimumTotal Chlorine (mg/L) maximumCombined Chlorine (mg/L) maximumpH RangeTotal Alkalinity (mg/L) range
Outdoor Pool 1.0 10.0 1.0 7.0 -7.8 80 - 200
Outdoor Pool where pH is >7.62.010.01.07.0-7.880 - 200
Outdoor Pool Cyanuric Acid 3.0 10.0 1.0 7.0-7.8 80 - 200
Outdoor Pool with Cyanuric Acid where pH is >7.64.010.01.07.0-7.880 - 200
Indoor  2.0 10.0 1.0 7.0-7.8 80 - 200
Indoor Pool where pH is >7.63.010.01.07.0-7.880 - 200
Spa Pool 2.0 10.0 1.0 7.0-7.8 80 - 200
Spa Pool where pH is >7.63.010.01.07.0-7.880 - 200

Information and resources

NSW Health website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/publicpools/Pages/default.aspx