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Yakima County monitors public pools for cleanliness

YAKIMA, Wash. - During the summer months pools like the one at Franklin Park are filled with kids trying to beat the summer heat.

The Yakima Health District monitors about 110 pools and spas on a regular basis, said Gordon Kelly, Director of Environmental Health.

"We monitor them a couple of times a year to make sure they're doing what they need to do as far as record keeping, monitoring and safety," Kelly said.

The Health District looks for a number of things when testing public pools.

"Disinfections are there to kill bacteria, turbidity is there for safety issues and PH allows for chemicals to react in the proper environment," Kelly said.

According to Keith Booher, Aquatic Specialist at the Franklin Pool, he checks the pool about five times a day.

"The chlorine was about 4, the PH was at 7.5 so we're fine," he said.