In Phoenix, Los Angeles and other cities across the country, going online to check a pool’s water quality and safety record is as routine as loading up the sunscreen and towels.
But getting that information is close to impossible in Oregon.
Pool inspection violations
The 189 pools, spas and splash pads in Marion and Polk counties have been cited 3,488 times over the past five years. Here are the violations investigators found most often:
• 285 citations: Free chlorine less than 0.8 ppm or greater than 5.0 ppm (parts per million). Chlorine that is too
low can allow disease to spread; too high can cause eye, lung and skin irritation.
• 191 citations: Skimmer weirs missing or damaged. A skimmer is a device that pulls in the surface water of the pool, filtering
leaves, insects and other debris. The weir is a door that fits inside to control water flow.
• 165 citations: The pH is less than 7.2 or greater than 7.6.
• 163 citations: Pressure or vacuum gauges are inoperable.
• 161 citations: Total alkalinity less than 80 ppm or greater than 200 ppm.
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