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Public pools getting up to code in preparation for summer

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Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- You want to make sure the public pool you dive into this summer is going to be safe for you and your kids.

The Northeast Texas Public Health District held the first of four seminars today designed to educate pool operators about what's needed to meet state health requirements, and open this summer.

Between hotels, camps, and apartment complexes there are around 220 pools in Smith County getting inspected through NET Health.

They each face similar challenges.

"Things like making sure there's enough chlorine disinfectant in the pool, PH levels, calcium hardness, and safety equipment. We have to make sure there's a system in place that's not just going to allow someone to walk in a pool," Garry Mulgrew, NET Health Environmental Health Technician, said.

PH levels must be between 7-7.8, and you don't want more chemicals in the pool than necessary.

Some of the most common pool problems include black algae and bacteria. Inspectors say many pools will be trying to get up to code to open by Memorial Day weekend, and need both a permit and certification to do so.

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