Was your pool approved for swimming by the county?
In the last 60 days, 125 Maricopa County community pools, out of nearly 2,000 inspected, did not receive approval status, according to data from the Environmental Services Department. Some of those pools had their operating license revoked or suspended.
Inspectors check up on public pools every month. Semi-public pools, including those run by hotels, apartment complexes and homeowners associations, are checked at least twice a year. Any of 10 critical violations can force an immediate pool closure until repairs are made.
The annual Healthy Pools survey, conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council, found that 63 percent of adults have never checked health inspection reports before swimming in a public pool.
Take a look at the map below for the approximate location of each of the pool inspections that did not receive an approval notice in Maricopa County.
Note: Violations may have been corrected since inspection date.
CLICK HERE to check the latest inspections on the community pools near you.
A majority of adults, 63 percent, said they have never checked a public pool inspection report, according to the annual Healthy Pools survey, conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council.
In the national survey, swimmers also admitted to some unhealthy habits including:
- Most adults (52 percent) never shower before swimming. Only 29 percent shower for at least one minute, the length of time needed to remove most contaminants from a swimmer’s body.
- 27 percent of swimmers admit to peeing in the pool as an adult.
- 17 percent of adults would swim within one hour of having diarrhea. This could lead to the spread of Cryptosporidium (or Crypto), a microscopic parasite, which is the most common cause of diarrheal illness linked to pools.