The #1 Safety Rule for all pools is water clarity:
Water clarity is important for several reasons:
1. So that someone at the bottom of the pool can be seen allowing immediate rescue to that individual.
2. Water clarity is also important because it reveals objects or structural objects such as pool steps, ladder’s, and drains.
3. Water clarity is important for pool users because is provides clear visibility for swimmers preventing physical injury from other objects and swimmers.
The water clarity standard for the State of Texas is all follows:
Texas Department of Health Standards for Swimming Pools and Spas, Section 265.203(b)
Water Clarity standards for post – 10/01/99 and pre- 10/01/99 pools and spas. Areas of a post 10/01/99 or pre – 10/01/99 pool or spa shall be opened for use only if the pool or spa bottom and/or main drains are clearly visible. Possible visual occlusion by sediment or other matter shall be checked before opening a pool and periodically, as necessary, while the pool is in use. To check the pool or spa when in use, bathers shall exit and the pool or spa water shall be allowed to calm.
Clarity shall be observed between 1 to 5 minutes after users have exited. The pool or spa shall be opened for use only if the bottom and/or main drains are clearly visible. Sediment or other matter that may cause visual occlusion shall be vacuumed, filtered or otherwise removed as needed prior to pool use.
Therefore, if you own or operate a pool. Always check water clarity before allowing swimmers to use the pool to ensure a safe swimming experience for all.