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Recreational Water Resource Materials

Please find the following recreational water resource materials below, including: laws and reference documents, admission standards, the public pool and public spa operators guide, record sheetsforms and additional resources.


Laws and Reference Documents

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Admission Standards

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Public Pool and Public Spa Operators Guide

picture of the cover of the Public Pool & Public Spa Operators Guide

The Public Pool and Public Spa Operators Guide (PDF 10.9MB) was developed by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to help operators carry out their duties and protect bathers from recreational water illnesses and life-threatening injuries. However, it is important that operators know and follow the Ontario Public Pools Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565)1 because the guide does not include all sections of the Regulations.


Please note that this guide is based on the Regulation requirements that were in place before July 1, 2018. A revised guide is being prepared and will be released as soon as it is available.

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Record Sheets

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Additional Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has many useful resources that can be accessed through the search bar on their website. is your online source for credible health information and is the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Search on for the following helpful resources:

  • Fecal Incident and Outbreak Response
    • On this web page view the Fecal Incident Response Guidelines and the Water Contamination Response Log
  • Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces
  • Vomit & Blood Contamination of Pool Water

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Date of creation: February 15, 2013
Last modified on: June 1, 2020


1Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. (1990). Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 565 Public Pools. Retrieved from
2Ontario. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. (2019, March). Recreational water reference document, 2019. Retrieved from