Public Swimming Pools and Spas

This site provides information about the new safety and sanitation standards for pools and links to other useful sites and information.

The Department of State Health Services Environmental Health Program, Local Health Departments, Local Code Enforcement Offices, and other governmental jurisdictions help to provide safety and sanitation of public swimming pools and spas in the state of Texas. 


Proposed Public Swimming Pools and Spas Rules Available for Stakeholder Comment

The Texas Department of State Health Services is accepting formal comments from stakeholders on the proposed Public Swimming Pools and Spas rules from January 19, 2024 through February 19, 2024. Comments may be submitted by mail or email.

Visit the Draft and Proposed Rules – Public Swimming Pools and Spas Program website for more information. Questions can be emailed to the EHG Rules Coordinator.

As the result of two separate incidents of individuals contracting Naegleria fowleri from aquatic venues that spray water, the CDC has issued recommendations for the operation and maintenance of these aquatic venues. One of the incidents involved a decorative fountain that was not intended to be used as a public interactive water feature or fountain (PIWF). The Texas Department of State Health Services does not regulate decorative fountains. However, the department does recommend that if a decorative fountain is being used by the public as a PIWF the CDC operation and management recommendations should be followed. 

Pool Inspection Training

Pool Inspection Training is being offered by the CDC and NEHA. The training is in modules and there is no charge for the training. You can get CEUs from NEHA upon completing the lessons and final evaluation. Please see the NEHA EHS Website: Pool Inspection Training   

Contact Information

Phone: 512-834-6788
Fax: 512-483-3414
DSHS Regional Offices

Mailing addresses are available on the contact page.

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