Public Health Department (PHD)


Recreational Health


Recreational Health

Public pools and spas are inspected for health and safety requirements.  An Environmental Health Specialist is testing a public pool for required chlorine concentrations, pH balance and cyanuric acid levels.


The purpose of our recreational health program is to insure the safe and sanitary operation of public swimming facilities, as well as to prevent the possible transmission of diseases and illnesses at all recreational facilities including public beaches. By monitoring the quality of our recreational waters, we can keep the public informed if these waters pose a threat to public health.


Accidents in public pools or spas that involve fecal materials, dead animals and other biological contaminants can lead to the transmission of serious, even life threatening illness.  In the event of an accident, precautionary measures should be taken immediately to help reduce the risk to recreational facility users.

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       Forms / Information
  • US Consumer Product Safety Guide - Pool and Spa Standards 
       Swim Meet    


US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) list of manufacturers consists of those companies who represent that their covers meet the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, Section 1404(c)(1)(A)(i). The CPSC does not provide approval or endorsements for any of these companies or their products. Other companies not listed may also manufacture products that meet the requirements of the law.


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Environmental Health Services

225 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 Telephone 805-681-4900 •  Fax 805-681-4901
2125 Centerpointe Parkway, Rm. 333, Santa Maria, CA 93455, Telephone 805-346-8460 •  Fax 805-346-8485