CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Just in time for summer, Kanawha County residents can now access the health inspection reports for pools online.
Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials have posted inspection reports dating back to July 2012 on the department website. Food inspections also are available online.
"It's just more public information," said Anita Ray, environmental director for the Health Department. "As we get into [using] our software, we have the ability to post them online. It provides the consumer with more information."
The Health Department inspects more than 105 water facilities in the county, including indoor and outdoor pools, spas and hot tubs.
Pools are inspected at least twice a year and bacteria samples are taken throughout the swimming season, according to the Health Department website.
Inspectors check to make sure pools have proper safety equipment and enough lifeguards on duty.
"We check the water chemistry to make sure it's safe chemically and bacteriologically," Ray said.
They also inspect water pumps, filters, dressing rooms and shower facilities, Ray said.
Unlike food facility inspections, pools are not given critical and noncritical violations. If violations are serious, a pool is shut down until it is in compliance. Sometimes pools are reopened the same day, sanitarian supervisor Nasandra Wright said.