Public Swimming Pools

In order to protect public health, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) inspects all public swimming pools. This includes hotels, apartments, golf courses, municipal pools and recreational facilities. During inspections LLCHD checks water chemistry, safety equipment, personnel training and mechanical areas.

Starting in 2015, LLCHD requires that all required water chemistry tests be done by either a Lincoln Swimming Pool Operator or a Lincoln Water Quality Tester.

LLCHD also works with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide training to individuals who would like to become pool operators within the state of Nebraska. In addition, LLCHD and DHHS inspect all new public swimming pools that have been constructed.

For additional information contact the Water Quality Program.

Memo from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy -
Indoor/Outdoor Pool Opening Guidelines and Recommendations during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Pool Tester Clinic Dates (in class) & Pool Operator Dates (via Zoom).

Documents/Handouts for Pool Operator Class

Lincoln Public Swimming Pool Code

Nebraska DHHS Swimming Pool Program

  • The State of Nebraska also has its own regulations and also holds swimming pool operator classes. To view their program click on: DHHS Swimming Pool Program

Centers for Disease Control: Healthy Swimming

  • Fecal Accident Response: CDC Recommendations
  • In 2006 a Nebraska swimming pool was closed down after a child was hospitalized with respiratory affects. If you would like to learn more you can read the 2007 article in MMWR.
  • The CDC offer free educational posters for pool operators. You can find them here: CDC Posters
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