CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saying they hope the move will improve public awareness, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials published nearly a year's worth of pool inspections online Tuesday.
The health department began posting restaurant inspections online in February. Now, all pool inspections since July 1, 2012, will be available at www.kchdwv.org. The health department's records were computerized last July.
"We do feel like it's a step in the right direction to have these online, so that people can access their pools, and if they're thinking about going out to pools, they can see what's going on," said Nasandra Wright, sanitation supervisor.
Indoor pool inspections began in December and about 80 percent are complete.
"We have had a couple indoor closures since December," Wright said.
As Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, it's the time when the health department begins inspecting outdoor pools.
Only a handful of outdoor pools have been inspected so far, but Anita Ray, director of environmental health, said pools have done fairly well in the past. Sometimes there have been temporary closures for chemical problems.
"The most common issues with pools is getting the chemistry correct - especially for pools just starting up," Ray said. "For the seasonal pools, we want to get an inspection done as close to the opening date as possible, then we're required to do one sometime during their operating season."
If the sanitarian marks something as a violation, it must to be corrected, though "critical" and "non-critical" violations don't apply to pools.