Recreational Water Facilities

The Putnam County Health Department strives to ensure water recreational facilities (pools, spas, water parks, etc..) existing within Putnam County are operated and maintained to ensure optimum public safety for their users. PCHD works with facility owners/operators to aid them in creating a safe recreational environment for their guests.  All recreational water facilities must follow the West Virginia Code of State Rules §64-16, Recreational Water Facilities.

If you are constructing a new public recreational water facility, information is available from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health’s Environmental Engineering Office

Once any required plans are approved you must submit an application to operate to the Putnam County Health Department.

“If the facility is a preexisting facility, you will need to submit an application for a permit to operate to the Putnam County Health Department.

All recreational water facilities must have a Qualified Water Facility Operator on staff.  A Qualified Water Operator is an individual that has a current Certified Pool Operator (CPO) certification or has attended one of the other Operator Training Courses approved by the state of West Virginia. Course information is available here.

Operators are required to submit a Weekly Pool Report to the Health Department.


  • Recreation Water Facilities Tables (SR-153)
  • Test Kit Requirements: Equipment used for testing free or total chlorine shall use the DPD (N, N-Diethyl-P-Phenylenediamine) method. Test strips or Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) may be used as a measuring parameter but shall not be used when registering required readings on daily operational reports required by the Director.

If you have any complaints you would like us to investigate, please fill out this form. You can also email or call us.

Contact Information

Phone: (304) 757-2541 | Fax: (304) 757-7287
Physical Address: 11878 Winfield Road, Winfield, WV 25213
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 892, Winfield, WV 25213