- Issue annual permits for operation.
- Conduct annual inspections of public bathing facilities and issue reports.
- Respond to complaints and conduct investigations.
- Issue plan approvals and completed works under the provisions of Part 6 of the New York State Sanitary Code.
- Perform enforcement actions.
Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Facilities
(585) 753-5887 Durand and Ontario Beach Status Hotline (Updated Daily between 9 and 10 a.m.)
To minimize potential health hazards at public swimming pools, spas, and bathing beaches by enforcement of Part 6, Subpart 6-1 and 6-2 of the New York State Sanitary Code.
- NYS Department of Health—Taking Steps to Prevent Drowning
- CDC—Healthy Swimming
- NYS Department of Health - Fecal Incident Response
- NYS Department of Health - Vomit/Blood Incident Response
- CDC - Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces
- NYS Dept of State - Uniform Code - Swimming Pools Page
- US Department of Justice - ADA 2010 Revised Requirements - Accessible Pools
- US Department of Justice - ADA Compliance Extension for Existing Pools to 1/31/13
- US Department of Justice - ADA General Website
- State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-1 Swimming Pools
- State Sanitary Code Subpart 6-2 Bathing Beaches
- Permit Application—Pools and Spas
- NYS Acceptable Lifeguard Certifications
- NYS Acceptable CPR Certifications for Childrens' Camps & Aquatics Lifeguards
- NYS Acceptable CPR Certifications for Aquatic Supervision for Levels III and IV
- NYS Acceptable Qualified Swimming Pool Water Treatment Operator Certifications
- NYS Acceptable Level III Courses for Instructional Supervision
- Plan Approval Application
- Swimming Pool Plan Review Checklist
- DOH-1309 Engineering Report for Swimming Pool Plans
- DOH-2434 Swimming Pool Plan Review Checklist
- Sample Brochure for Level IV Supervision facilities
- Safety Plan Template for Pools & Spas - WORD format
- Safety Plan Template for Pools & Spas - fillable PDF
- Safety Plan Template for Recreational Spray Grounds - WORD format
- Safety Plan Template for Recreational Spray Grounds - fillable PDF
- Safety Plan Template for Bathing Beaches - WORD format
- Safety Plan Template for Bathing Beaches - fillable PDF
- Swimming Pool and Bathing Beach Safety Plan Checklist
(585) 753-5887 Beach Status Recording (Updated Daily between 9 and 10 a.m.)
Why is the Beach Sometimes Closed?
Poor water quality in the late 1960s closed the beach to swimmers. A conditional permit to operate the bathing beach was granted in 1976 after extensive monitoring and development of an Operating Model. The Operating Model currently depends upon five parameters to determine if the beach will be safe for swimming: water clarity, organic debris, local rainfall, fecal coliform bacteria levels, and Genesee River flow.
Genesee River Flow: The Genesee River is laden with particulate matter and stormwater runoff. The proximity of the River to the Beach and the volume of the River, relates closely to water quality at the Beach during certain conditions. Typically, the easterly lake current pushes the river water east, away from the beach.
Local rainfall: Local rainfall causes closures because it washes contaminants to the Beach or into local streams which impact the Beach.
Organic Debris: Organic debris in the form of decaying plant matter causes closures because it is a substrate for bacteria and sustains the bacteria by shielding ultraviolet light. Excessive algae also impair the physical water quality.
Water Clarity: Particulate matter results in poor water clarity and provides substrate for bacterial growth. It also reduces ultraviolet ray penetration that would kill bacteria.
Bacteria: Studies have shown a definite relationship between the amount of indicator bacteria in coastal and Great Lakes waters and the incidence of swimming-associated illnesses. Indicator bacteria include total and fecal coliform, enterococcus and E. coli. They are called indicator bacteria because although they may not be directly harmful to humans, they are relatively easy to test for and are typically found in the presence of harmful viruses and bacteria.
As a result of a large outbreak of gastrointestinal illness associated with contaminated spray ground water during the summer of 2005, the New York State Department of Health released a Regulation for Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds.
Download a copy of the NYS Sanitary Code SubPart 6-3 Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds (127k PDF).
The Regulation only applies to facilities that recirculate the water supplying the spray ground.
Key provisions of the Regulation:
- Recreational aquatic spray grounds are defined and spray ground owners are required to obtain an annual permit to operate from the local health department (LHD) having jurisdiction in the county that the spray ground is located.
- Design standards for new and existing spray grounds are established. The standards include requirements for disinfection (chemical and ultraviolet) and filtration equipment, as well as requirements for spray pad, spray pad treatment tank, decking and spray pad enclosure construction and design.
- Existing spray ground operators must provide a report to the local health department (LHD) which evaluates compliance with the design criteria contained in the regulation and needed improvements. The report must be prepared by a New York State licensed professional engineer and submitted to the LHD at least 90 days prior to operation.
- Operation and maintenance standards are established including daily start-up procedures, minimum disinfection levels, filtration rates, water quality standards and general safety provisions. The spray ground operator must maintain daily operation records.
- On-site water supplies, toilet facilities, and sanitary wastewater treatment systems must comply with sanitary and operation standards.
- Spray grounds must be supervised when open for use and must be maintained by a qualified swimming pool water treatment operator.
- Spray ground operators must develop, update and implement a written safety plan consisting of procedures for patron supervision, injury prevention, reacting to emergencies, injuries and other incidents providing first aid and assistance.