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The Health Protection team regulates design, construction, maintenance and operation of all public swimming pools and spas in the unincorporated area of Bernalillo County. 

Health Protection responsibilities regarding public swimming pools include:
  • Plan review for new construction to ensure minimum standards are met
  • Inspection of existing public pools to ensure water quality and functioning equipment
  • Investigation of complaints of injury or illness to prevent future problems

All public swimming pools must be operated by a certified pool operator.


Training and Testing Agencies for Pool Operator Certification

CNM/Workforce Training Center
5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Apartment Association of New Mexico
6755 Academy Blvd. NE #B
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Useful Pool Safety Links

If you would like to file a complaint regarding illness or unsafe conditions at a public swimming pool in the unincorporated area of Bernalillo County, contact the Health Protection team at 314-0310.

When we hear the words "pool safety" we usually think of rules such as no running, or precautionary measures like watching children to prevent drowning, but there is more to be aware of when it comes to recreational water safety. Sometimes it's what you can't see that can hurt you.

Bacteria (germs) normally live in and on our bodies, and bathers are the main source of contamination in pools or spas. Bacteria found in pools and spas can cause several types of illness: skin infections or rashes; eye, ear, nose and throat problems; respiratory infections, and; intestinal (diarrhea) infections. Chlorine, the most common pool disinfectant kills most germs, but not all germs.

The following guidelines will help to keep you and your family safe from infection:

  • Do not drink pool water. Remember it is everyone's bath water.

  • Do not swim if you have diarrhea. Even if you don't have an accident, you can still contaminate the water.

  • After using the bathroom or changing a diaper always wash your hands with soap and water.

  • Take your child on bathroom breaks often instead of waiting for them to find you, when it might be too late.

  • If you have open wounds, or obvious known infection that are spread through water, do not swim (there is no evidence that HIV or AIDS is spread through water).

  • Do not share towels or bathing suits.

  • Maintain proper chemical levels to keep pools and spas disinfected.

  • Swim Healthy

  • Hyperchlorination to Kill Cryptosporidium

If you have any questions or concerns about swimming pool safety please contacts the Health Protection team at 314-0310.

For more information on recreational water illness, please click here

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