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Pool Safety

Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) staff regularly inspect all swimming pools on UCM property to safeguard against injuries and the spread of waterborne diseases. Water quality, recirculation equipment, and safety features are evaluated during each inspection.

The County of Merced Environmental Health Department does not inspect these facilities since EH&S has authority to do so.

Department responsibility

It is the responsibility of the department operating the pool or spa to maintain the facility in compliance with all pertinent California Health & Safety Code, Building Code, and Code of Regulation Standards.

EH&S must be consulted and approval obtained before any operational or construction modifications are made to UCM pools and spas.

Swimming pools are to be maintained in safe conditions by proper maintenance methods, proper filtration systems, adequate disinfectant residual levels, good repair of the deck, shell and fixtures, and adequate lighting.

Operation and Maintance 

  • pH shall be maintained between 7.2 and 8.0 (Recommended level: 7.4-7.6).
  • Free chlorine residual (no stabilizer) must be at least 1.0ppm at all times.
  • Filtration system must be in operation at all times when a pool or spa is available for use.
  • Animals shall not be permitted in pool or pool area.
  • Suction drain covers must be secured. Pools shall not be used if drain covers are missing or broken.
  • Pool water shall remain in clean and clear conditions where the drain covers can be easily seen from the pool deck.
  • Pool interior surfaces are to be free of slime and algae.

For more information please contact Registered Environmental Health Specialist (209) 228-2255.

Required Documents 

Safety Signs and Equipment 

UCM Daily Pool Log Sheet 

UCM Fecal Incident Form

UCM Drowning Incident Form

UCM Waterborne Illness Form

UCM Lifeguard Checklist

Additional Resources 

California Public Swimming Pool Code 

CDC Healthy Swimming Website

Model Aquatic Health Code