Spring Shines the Spotlight on Swimming Pools

Spring is here and the warmer weather should provide Hurunui residents with a timely reminder to check their swimming pools are properly fenced and fully compliant, with annual inspections beginning shortly in October.

The council is reminding residents with swimming pools that it is their responsibility to ensure the fencing around their pool area is compliant.

Council Swimming Pool Compliance Officer, Kelly Marchant, says the main requirements residents should be aware of are that all pool fencing is to be at least 1.2m high from ground level and that gates must be self-closing and self-latching.

“Imperative to the effectiveness of pool fencing is the requirement for gates to be self-closing, to avoid the possibility of small children gaining unsupervised access to a pool.

“Gates must open away from the pool and automatically close and latch from an opening distance as small as 150mm.  In addition, no objects that could assist with climbing are permitted within 1.2m of a pool,” says Kelly.

Temporary or inflatable pools with the capability to be filled to 400mm or more are also required to be fully fenced to restrict access by young children.  

Recent changes to legislation include new provisions around the requirement of mandatory swimming pool inspections every three years.

“Previously the council was the only organisation permitted to complete a pool owner’s mandatory three yearly inspection, however residents are now able choose an ‘Independently Qualified Pool Inspector’ to complete these,” says Kelly.

Residents are urged to contact the council before putting up or installing a pool or spa, to confirm what may or may not be required.  If further information on the regulations and requirements is required, Kelly can be contacted directly at kelly.marchant@hurunui.govt.nz.