Public Swimming Pools

Public swimming pools, spas and special use pools are regulated under the authority of Chapter 3749 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-31 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

These rules were created to establish minimum standards for the operation, and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the community from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission, and provide a safe and healthy aquatic recreational environment. These rules do not pertain to private residential pools.

What is a Public Swimming Pool?

Collectively, a public swimming pool is any:

  • Public Swimming Pool

  • Public Spa

  • Special Use Pool

  • Wading Pool

  • Spray Ground

Our inspectors will routinely inspect every public swimming pool (while open to the public) paying particular attention to water quality, maintenance of filtration and circulation equipment, safety equipment, record-keeping, and the maintenance of the overall facility.

Residents who own a pool and wish to view information on pool safety for consumers can find hepful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is Legionella?

Legionella is a bacteria which occurs in water naturally. Hot tubs, spas, fountains, cooling towers, and plumbing systems are examples of where legionella can be found. Legionella can cause a lung infection called Legionaires' Disease, which is similar to pneumonia.

The high water temperature of hot tubs make it difficult to maintain the proper levels of disinfectant.


Department Info

71 South Washington Street

Suite 1102

Tiffin, OH 44883

(419) 447-3691 ext. 6321

Environmental Health Division

Seneca County General Health District 

71 South Washington Street

Suite 1102

Tiffin, OH 44883

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

© 2018 Seneca County General Health District 

71 South Washington St. Suite 1102 Tiffin, OH 44883

In the event of a public health emergency* the Seneca County General Health District can be contacted at anytime.

During regular business hours please call (419) 447-3691.

Regular business hours are Monday - Friday.

Nursing & Vital Statistics: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Environmental: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WIC: M-W 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thu. 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

After business hours, weekends, and holidays please contact the SCGHD Health Commissioner via the Seneca County Sheriff's Office at (419) 447-3456


*A public health emergency includes Class A reportable disease, foodborne illness, and bioterrorism event.  

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