Under Lawrence city ordinance, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department began inspecting non-residential/public pools and spas in the early 1980s. These inspections and the information provided to pool/spa operators during these visits help ensure the public’s safety and prevent health hazards.
During an inspection, Environmental Health staff check that the water has adequate chlorine levels to kill bacteria and that safety equipment is in good, working order.
Each year, staff inspect between 500 and 600 indoor and outdoor pools / spas and respond to complaints. The Health Department has the authority to close a pool or spa if health or safety hazards are present.