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Frequently Asked Questions: Pools and Spas

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Q:  Who inspects pools in Missoula County?

A:  The Montana Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for licensing and inspecting pools in Missoula County.  Missoula County was contracted to inspect pools as recently as 2007-mid 2011, but is not currently under contract for local inspection.  Missoula County sanitarians will still field and investigate complaints about licensed pools in the county, and will continue to investigate outbreaks of recreational water-borne disease.

Missoula County intends to re-instate the contract to locally inspect pools pending a current rule adoption process being completed at DPHHS.  At this time, if you have questions about inspections, you can contact Paul Reeves, R.S., at 406-444-2823.

Q: How do I become a Certified Pool Operator?

A:  To become certified, you must take a National Swimming Pool Foundation sanctioned class and pass a final exam.  To find the class nearest you, consult and click on the CPO link.

Q:  How often are pools inspected?

A:  Frequency of inspection depends on the type of pool you operate. 

Pools that have numerous or critical violations will generally receive follow-up inspections until violations are corrected.

Q:  If I want to open a public pool/spa, or renovate my currently licensed pool/spa, who do I need to contact?

A:  Plan review for new or remodeled facilities is done by DPHHS.  Please contact Paul Reeves at 406-444-2823.


Q:  What is the status of the proposed changes to the current pool regulations?

A:  Food and Consumer Safety Section (a division of DPHHS) is responsible for creating and updating the pool regulations.  The proposed changes to the pool rules have gone through the public hearing/comment period, and public comments are now being reviewed by Paul Reeves and the DPHHS legal team.  If you want a more precise update, please contact Paul Reeves at 406-444-2823.

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