Water Safety

Pool Inspection Program


Pool inspection and testingThe Joplin Health Department (JHD) inspects public and semi-public pools within the city limits of Joplin. Examples of semi-public pools are apartment pools and athletic club swimming pools. Examples of public pools would be the pools operated by the city. Pools are inspected on a monthly basis.

Joplin City Swimming Pool Code Ordinance


The City of Joplin swimming pool code ordinance addresses the design and operations of swimming pools within the city.

Joplin Health Department Pool Reference Guide


The JHD Pool Reference Guide 2015 is a guide for pool operators and owners to explain what the Health Department is looking for and at during a pool inspection.

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act


The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Safety Act has additional requirements that may be required for your pool or spa, in addition to the city’s pool ordinance. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the regulatory agency for this act. Pool and spa operators and owner should comply with this act. Access information about the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act to learn more.

Additional information on pool safety can be found on the Pool Safely website.

Americans with Disabilities Act


How to Apply the Americans with Disabilities Act is a document from the 2011 World Aquatic Health Conference. It provides guidance for aquatic professionals to plan and implement a strategy to meet the new requirements.

Stream Testing


Recreational streams that flow through the Joplin city limits are tested by Jasper County and Newton County for E. coli bacteria levels. To access the E. coli testing results, choose the appropriate county.

Recreational Water Illness


Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. For more information on RWIs consult the CDC's website.