NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Inspectors are out in full force at Middle Tennessee neighborhood and community pools getting ready to open for the year.
So what do these inspectors look for? News 2 went behind the scenes with Metro Public Health Department inspector Tommy Eubanks to find out.
“We’re making sure that everything is clean, safe, healthy, and in good repair that everything is working as is intended,” said Eubanks.
“I am looking at all of their pool equipment. Here is their chlorinator, pump is down there, filters, they have three different filters, right down here is the flow rate indicator, like the spedometer on your car, it’s in gallons per minute, tells you how much water is going through the system at one time, making sure the level is right,” added Eubanks.
Inspectors measure chlorine levels to assure it is the appropriate level to kill bacteria.
They also inspect ladders to make sure they are secure and underwater lights to determine if they present any electrical hazard.
Eubanks said there are three things to look for to feel safe at your local pool.
“Look at the pool, you ought to be able to see the water, it should be sparkling clear, it shouldn’t be dirty and dingy like old bath water,” said Eubanks.
“Also you can take your hand and feel on the sides of the pool, inlets, usually on the sides, sometimes the bottom, filtered water that has been sanitizied, coming back to the pool, most people think it’s air coming back, it’s actually filtered sanitized water coming back. You can also listen with your ears, for the pump running. Pump room normally near the pool, listen with your ears and you know the water is being circulated,” added Eubanks.
In Davidson County, inspectors visit 871 different pools each month they are open and close as many as 20 pools a month for violations.
You can call the health department directly to find out how your area pool scored or you can visit Health.Nashville.gov.