The Cecil County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services Division regulates public swimming pools and spas through implementation of COMAR 10.17.01. The purpose of the regulation is to establish minimum standards for operation in order to protect the public’s health and safety. This is accomplished through pre-opening and operational inspections on all facilities. The pre-opening inspections are conducted prior to opening the facility to the public. These inspections mainly look at the pool equipment and verify its operability for the upcoming season. Operational inspections are conducted during the season to ensure the operating standards are maintained. These standards include verifying that the chemical makeup of the water is satisfactory as well as the facility’s recirculation and sanitizing equipment are functioning. Inspections are conducted every quarter for year-round pools and every month for seasonal pools.
Public pools and spas are divided into three categories, which include recreational, semi-public, and limited public use. Recreational facilities are those that are open to the general public for a fee, possess water recreational equipment such as diving boards and slides, or are part of a housing complex which has more than ten units. Semi-public facilities are those that are not open to the general public and are associated with the housing complex of ten or fewer units. The limited public use facilities are those that are private pools that belong to family day care facilities.
Public swimming pools and spas in Cecil County are licensed by the Cecil County Health Department. New construction of a public swimming pool or spa and alterations to existing public swimming pools and spas in Cecil County require a permit from the Maryland Department of Health’s Center for Healthy Homes and Community Services.
Certified Pool and Spa Operators and Lifeguards
All licensed swimming pools and spas must have a certified pool and spa operator. The operator must successfully complete an approved pool and spa operator’s course and receive a certificate from the Cecil County Health Department or another Local Health Department in Maryland. Lifeguards must be present at all recreational swimming pools and spas during operation.
- License all public swimming pools and spas in Cecil County.
- Conduct pre-opening and routine inspections of public swimming pools and spas.
- Issue pool operator certificates to all individuals who successfully complete an approved pool and spa operator’s course.
- Respond to complaints pertaining to public swimming pools and spas.
Permits and forms
- Swimming Pool Application: Application for a permit to operate a public swimming pool or spa.
- Certified Pool Operator Application: Application for a Certified Pool and Spa Operator certificate from the Cecil County Health Department upon successful completion of an approved pool and spa operator’s course.
- Swimming Pool Operating Records: Record log for a public swimming pool or spa.
- Loose Stool Contamination Policy: Procedures for Diarrhea (Loose Stool) Fecal Cleanup and Disinfection at a public swimming pool or spa
- Solid Stool Contamination Policy: Procedure for Solid Stool Fecal Cleanup and Disinfection at a public swimming pool or spa
- Fecal Accident Record: Public swimming pool and spa operating record sheet for fecal accident and cleanup
- Vomit and Blood Cleanup Policy: Policy for Vomit and Blood Cleanup at a public swimming or spa.
- Swimming Pool Injury Report: Injury and waterborne illness report form.
For tips on how to stay healthy while swimming visit the CDC’s Healthy Swimming page