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On August 19, 2020, the South Pasadena City Council is set to hold a public hearing to add an ordinance on pool maintenance to the Health and Sanitation Chapter of the South Pasadena Municipal Code (SPMC). This ordinance seeks to require pool owners to regularly maintain their pool, so the water remains clear and circulating, or fully drained and dry at all times. 

The ordinance for consideration would also:

  • Establish that unmaintained pools are unlawful
  • Allow the City to conduct inspections if there is reasonable cause that an unmaintained pool exists
  • Allow the City to conduct emergency abatement of an imminently hazardous unmaintained pool
  • Allow the City to issue administrative citations for unmaintained pools

This effort arose out of an aerial surveillance study conducted by the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, which identified roughly 7,500 properties that had an unmaintained or non-functioning swimming pool and about 1,350 were breeding grounds for mosquitos. 

As a result of the aerial study, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments adopted a resolution encouraging member cities to adopt an ordinance to their municipal codes on pools to reduce mosquito-borne illnesses. 

Following the hearing on August 19, second reading and adoption of the ordinance will happen on September 2, assuming the Council does not act to make changes to the ordinance. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after its adoption. 

For more information, you can read the City of South Pasadena Council’s Agenda #18 Report here.