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Inspectors provide tips to make sure pools are ready for summer

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The health department inspects every pool that is open to the public in Davidson County. (WSMV file photo) The health department inspects every pool that is open to the public in Davidson County. (WSMV file photo)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There are about 860 community pools in Davidson County and the Metro Public Health Department inspects each one every month they're open.

"That's what we're busy doing now is permitting pools," said Tommy Eubanks, the lead environmentalist at the Metro Public Health Department.

They check everything from the gates and doors to the chemistry, sanitation and filtration of the water because if that's not right, people can get really sick.

"E. coli,  salmonella, shigella, pseudomona, it's a lot of different diseases if they don't have proper sanitation in the pool and filtration," said Eubanks.

Eubanks said to make sure the water in the pool looks clear.

Feel near the filters to make sure water is coming back into the pool.

"If you smell a strong chlorine odor, that's not good. That's actually a combined chlorine or chloramines and it's the chlorine that's used up it's not able to kill the bacteria," said Eubanks.

Also, listen for pool pumps. If you're at an outdoor pool and you can't hear them humming, that could be a sign of a major problem.

"It could be that they don't have the filtration system working, and if they're not sanitizing and filtering the water, it's like a big bathtub that you're using with all your friends and neighbors," said Eubanks.

Just like in restaurants, every community pool will have a scorecard posted.

If any points are docked you can see why.

Pay close attention to anything in red, those are major concerns.

A passing score is anything above a 70 with no critical violations.

If a pool has a critical violation, they have 10 days to fix it, unless it's an imminent health threat. In that case, the health department will close the pool on the spot.

Pool owners also have to ensure there are an appropriate amount of lifeguards with current certificates.

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