Swimming pools and spas
Southland District Council has a duty to help ensure pools on residential properties are safe, and to provide advice and assistance to home owners to ensure pools meet the legislative safety requirements.
It is estimated that there are more than 60,000 in-ground swimming pools and 100,000 small heated pools in New Zealand, and quite a few of these are in the Southland District.
Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and lap pools are great for recreational activity and relaxation, but they can also be extremely dangerous for small children. Sadly, every year families suffer a terrible loss through drowning in residential pools. On average, every year two children aged under five die from preventable drowning and more than 30 are hospitalised.
Council’s goal is to assist you in making your pool and pools areas safe for everyone.
What is required to safely fence your pool.
Make sure your small heated pool is safe.
What is required for a safe gate into your pool area.
What is Council’s role.
What will happen when the pool is inspected.
Keeping children safe around pools and pool areas.