Pool Program

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

The week before Memorial Day has been designated National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, marking more than 10 years of this observance.

Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. The 2019 theme is "Pool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming." Pool operators, swimmers and parents of young swimmers are encouraged to take an active role in protecting their health and safety by doing their own quick and easy 4-step inspection before getting into the water.

For more information, please visit the CDC Healthy Swimming Website.



Find informative documents: Pool Publications and Pool Plan Check pages.

2015 Seminar Presentation

CCDEH – Pool Code Guidance
Title 22 Regulation Changes (Effective January 1, 2015)
Guidance to Create an Incidence Response Plan
Water Contamination Response Log
Common Pool & Spa Terms
Swimming Pool Safety
Swimming Pool and Spa Self-Inspection
Daily Swimming Pool & Spa Chemistry Log


Swimming pools can be the source of many diseases and injuries, such as Giardia, Cryptosporidia, and E. coli as well as slips, falls, and accidental entrapment. The purpose of the Department of Environmental Health and Quality Food and Housing Division (FHD) Pool program is to assure that all public swimming pools and spas are maintained in a safe and healthful condition. In light of these considerations, the proper construction, maintenance, and operation of public swimming pools and spas is of significant public health importance.

FHD has approximately 4,000 public pools and spas under permit, including those located in apartments, hotels, parks, health clubs, bathhouses, and other health-regulated recreational establishments. These pools are inspected by environmental health specialists to identify problems, list violations of the CA Health and Safety Code, and provide written notification of necessary corrections. Watch: a San Diego County Swimming Pool Inspection Walk-through.

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In addition to inspections, FHD partners with the pool industry and other organizations to sponsor educational opportunities and provide other resources. Every other spring, FHD co-sponsors a one-day pool seminar for the pool industry to provide ongoing education. FHD is partnered with the community-based Drowning Prevention Foundation to raise awareness about ways to prevent drownings. Each May, FHD participates in Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week, in association with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), to educate the public about the spread of recreational water illnesses. "Testing the Waters", a County Television Network video, showcases our pool inspection program. Be sure to watch this video, "Checking Public Pools for Safer Drains", to learn more about the new state law, AB 1020, which requires public pool operators to install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety systems.

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The Swimming Pool Operator Guide provides specific information to assist the layman in the proper maintenance and operation of pool and spas. This and other valuable swimming pool and spa related information is provided on our Pool Publications page.

Simple steps that help save lives at a pool or spa: Pool Safely Educational Video (Piscina Segura Video Educativo).


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To report a problem with a public pool or spa, please call our FHD Complaint Desk at (858) 505-6903.