Swimming is an activity many enjoy for recreational fun and/or exercise. However, swimming and other water-related activities can lead to the spread of diseases and injuries if precautions are not taken. The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (WWCDCH) staff work to keep swimming a healthy and safe activity by permitting and inspecting all Walla Walla County public water recreation facilities such as swimming pools, spas, and water parks. The WWCDCH enforces the Water Recreation Facilities Rules set forth in the Washington Administrative Code 246-260.
Any new pool construction in Walla Walla County must get approved by the Washington State Department of Health Water Recreation Program. They can be contacted at 360-236-3330.
Pool and spa inspections
During routine inspections WWCDCH staff focus on:
- Proper chemical balance to ensure disinfection
- Appropriate safety and emergency equipment
- Appropriate gates and fences surround the water facility
- Monitoring and Record Keeping. See Pool and Spa Log Sheet.
Swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, and oceans can all be potential sources of water recreation illness. Recreational water illnesses typically affect a person’s gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines), skin, and/or respiratory system. More information regarding these illnesses can be found on the Washington State Department of Health’s website.