Public Pools, Spas, & Interactive Water Features

Water has been recognized for centuries as an area for recreation and enjoyment, but also where users of that water can be exposed to disease. Proper maintenance can help prevent gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases that may be spread due to improperly maintained pool water.

Tri-County Health Department works to reduce the chance that disease associated with public and semi-public recreational water facilities through routine inspections and educational guidance.

Public Pools

Public pools are defined by the regulations as any pool that is not private and not semi-public (example: a city swimming pool). Semi-public pools are pools that are associated with hotels, motels, country clubs, health clubs, and mobile home parks. 

Private Pools

Private swimming pools are those that are associated with single family dwellings, condominiums or apartment houses, and are intended only for the use of the residents of those facilities. Tri-County Health Department does not inspect these facilities as the swimming pool regulations only pertain to public and semi-public pools. 

Health Requirements

At least thirty days prior to the construction, enlarging, remodeling, or modification of a public or semi-public swimming area or related facilities, the plans and specifications complete with piping layout, equipment, and mechanical specifications along with design calculations must be submitted to the health department for review and recommendations. A complete set of swimming pool plans, the plan review form and $120 plan review fee can be submitted to any of our four Environmental Health Offices.
Please note: Plan reviews are not required for private pools. 

Tri-County Health Department inspects public and semi-public pools, including pools and spas at child care centers, schools, and mobile home parks twice a year. During a routine inspection, the pump room, the overall facility, the bodies of water, and the water chemistry are checked to make sure they are in compliance with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Swimming Pools and Mineral Baths regulation. For the minimum and maximum pool chemistry requirements, please refer to page 24 of the regulations.


The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) offers a resource of Certified Pool Operator (CPO) classes that are conducted nationwide, including in the Tri-County area. The CPO course is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This course covers how to effectively and efficiently operate a pool or spa. Anyone operating a public or semi-public swimming pool is required by the Swimming Pools and Mineral Baths regulations to have a valid CPO certificate. However, anyone who owns or maintains a pool, private, public or semi-public is encouraged to take the class. 

For more information, contact the NSPF at 719-540-9119, or to find a course near you please visit the National Swimming Pool Foundation's CPO Course Finder.

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is observed yearly, the week before Memorial Day.  

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Toolkit

Health Inspection Reports Online

Health inspections are available online for all restaurants, child care, public/semi-public pools and body art / tattooing in our area from July 2013 to the present.