Recreational Water Facilities – Ohio County

Recreational Water Facilities are permitted and inspected by the Local Health Department in each county.  In Ohio County, there are over 30 permitted and inspected recreational water facilities.  If you have any questions about the Rule or permit requirements, please contact our department.

A Recreational Water Facility is defined as:

A body of water, under the control of a person, that has been modified, improved, constructed or installed for the purpose of public swimming or bathing.  It includes, but is not limited to:  bathing beaches; swimming, wading, and diving pools; water slides, spray pools, lazy rivers, wave pools; spas, hot tubs, therapeutic pools, hydrotherapy pools, and whirlpools; facilities operated by communities, subdivisions, apartment complexes, condominiums, clubs, camps, schools, institutions, parks, mobile home parks, hotels, and similar recreational and public facilities.  A recreational water facility does not include a private residential swimming pool as defined in this rule.

The Rule requires that all Recreational Water Facilities, except bathing beaches, have a qualified water facility operator available for consultation at all times the facility is open for use.   To become a qualified water facility operator the individual must pass a recognized certification course and must keep the certification up to date.

The Monongalia County Health Department is now offering approved Certified Pool Operator (CPO) classes.  They have scheduled the following class dates for 2024: Classes are located at the Monongalia County Health Department, Morgantown, WV

  • March 6-7
  • April 3-4
  • May 8-9
  • July 10-11
  • September 4-5
  • October 9-10

Information, registration forms, and other information is available on their website:  or (304) 598-5131.  Check with the Monongalia County Health Department for cost and seat availability.

Pool Operation Management is offering Certified Pool Operator (CPO) classes:

  • March 16-17, 2024 – Location: Charleston, WV
  • April 6-7, 2024 – Location: Morgantown, WV
  • April 18-19, 2024 – Location: Wheeling, WV
  • April 27-28, 2024 – Location:  Charleston, WV
  • October 12-13, 2024 – Location: Charleston, WV
  • November 9-10, 2024 – Location: Morgantown, WV


Attached is a blank Recreational Water Facility Weekly Operational Report that your facility can complete and turn in (by fax) to our department.  This report should be submitted weekly to the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department.

More information and contact information can be found at our website at  If you have questions or concerns, contact me at (304) 234-3682.



Weekly Recreational Water Facility Report Recreational Water Rule - WV