JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) - Pools throughout Geary County could receive new safety standards.
The Environmental Health Department sought approval of a code draft on Monday from the Geary County Commission.
A pool code for public and semi-public pools was proposed in order to prevent potential public health issues and enforce minimum safety standards.
"We looked around and the only communities that had some kind of a swimming pool code were Wichita, Lawrence, and that’s it," said Geary County Commissioner Ben Bennett. "So we thought maybe it was a good idea, especially with the transient things that we have going on here in Geary County."
Rather than requiring everyone to have a certified pool operator, the pool code would require a licensed operator to be in charge of their respective swimming pools, including semi-public pools such as hotel pools and apartment complexes.
"There’s a lot of guests that come in-house and we have standards we have to meet as well," said Hampton Inn General Manager Michele Stimatze. "So they were here a few months ago and did the test and we passed our inspection. It’s just one other entity to have safe health."
The Geary County Commission will make a decision on the proposal during their next meeting on Monday.