The Minnesota Department of Health defines a public pool as those operated by any person whether the person is the owner, operator, lessee or concessionaire. Public pools are located in parks, schools, lodging facilities, clubs, camps and other establishments used by the public. They include swimming pools, spa pools/hot tubs, water parks, plunge pools with flume slides, wave pools, therapy pools, splash pads and interactive water features. Residential pools are not considered to be public pools.
Water Illnesses (RWI's) are illnesses that are spread by swallowing, breathing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, swimming beaches and other recreational waters. RWI's can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections. Diarrhea is the most common infection reported. For more information about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them, visit the links below.