Recreational Water


The goal of the Pools and Spas program is to ensure that public swimming pools and spas are safe for the public to use in Klickitat County.  The program works to ensure safe and proper maintenance of public swimming and water recreation facilities, such as city or school pools, health clubs, motel pools and spas.

How can pool/spa owners and operators ensure safe and proper maintenance?

  • Test pools several times each day for disinfection levels
  • Test pools and spas at least once daily for ph
  • Maintain clarity through proper disinfection and filtration
  • Keep spa temperature below 104 F
  • Clean filters as back pressure increases and flow decreases
  • Be sure that proper safety equipment, such as ring buoys and reach poles, are available to users
  • Test spa emergency shut-off switches often
  • Check main drain grates to be sure that they are intact and secure
  • Provide lifeguards at general use facilities such as city or school pools and health clubs
  • Maintain fencing and gates in good condition to prevent small children from drowning
  • Routinely vacuum and clean facilities
  • Keep physical conditions in good repair

Public Pools and Spa Responsibilities 

  • Inspect water quality and filtration at existing pools and spas
  • Verify that safety equipment, proper fencing or other enclosures and signage are provided and maintained
  • Provide public information and training about proper pool operation and maintenance
  • Inspect the facilities for physical conditions that conform to state regulations
  • Conform to  WAC 246-260