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Recreational use of water offers benefits to health and well-being; however, if the water is polluted or unsafe, it can cause adverse health effects.
Recreational water facilities include:
In Ontario, health units provide mandatory recreational water safety to the public to prevent and reduce water-borne illness and injury.
Lambton Public Health and its public health inspectors (PHIs):
- Conduct inspections of public pools and public spas (hot tubs)
- Conduct inspections of wading pools and splash pads
- Monitor water quality and safety of public beaches
- Follow up on complaints about recreational water facilities
- Investigate reports of water-borne illnesses
- Educate recreational water facility owners / operators on importance of maintaining clean and safe waters
Here are links to legislation, regulations, and guidelines related to recreational water:
- O. Reg. 565 (Public Pools) under the HPPA
- O. Reg. 428/05 (Public Spas) under the HPPA
- R.S.O 1990, Chapter H.7, S 1(1), Health Protection and Promotion Act
- Operating Procedures for Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document, April 2010