Swimming Pool Maintenance: How Calgary Keeps Their Pools Safe and Clean

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As we ‘wave’ farewell to the 2023 swim season and commence the pool-closing process for our eight outdoor pools, it’s important to recognize the immense dedication that goes into maintaining the pristine condition of our Calgary outdoor pools year-round.

Our dedicated team has been diligently tending to these pools, ensuring that you and your loved ones can relish the beauty of crystal-clear waters all summer long. Now, you may be wondering about the ins and outs of pool maintenance. In this guide, we’ll offer a glimpse into the measures our team takes to maintain the safety and cleanliness of our pools throughout the entire season.

Why Is Pool Maintenance Important?

Taking care of an outdoor pool is a big deal for a variety of reasons! It keeps the water clean and safe, so you can have a blast without worrying about contaminants and pathogens. Plus, it makes sure your pool gear lasts longer, extending the lifespan of pool equipment, reducing energy consumption, and preventing costly breakdowns. Keeping up with maintenance also prevents algae and bacteria from growing ensuring our pools are crystal-clear all season long. Overall, outdoor pool maintenance is crucial for ensuring water quality, safety, and equipment longevity. But let’s not forget the best part, it provides every Calgarian an escape where you can sit back and enjoy Calgary’s stunning summers right in your own backyard.

How Does COSPA Keep Pools Well-Maintained and Clean?

  • Regular Cleaning and Pool Maintenance: Our first line of defence against pool contaminants is a rigorous cleaning schedule. Pools are routinely cleaned, including skimming for debris, scrubbing pool walls and floors, and maintaining proper chemical balances.
  • Water Filtration Systems: State-of-the-art filtration systems play a vital role in keeping pool water crystal clear. These systems continuously cycle and purify water, removing impurities and ensuring swimmers enjoy a refreshing and safe experience.
  • Ensuring Proper pH Levels: Maintaining proper pH levels in a pool is essential for water quality and swimmer comfort. Our COSPA pool operators regularly test the pool’s water using pH test kits or electronic pH meters. These tests provide a measure of the water’s acidity or alkalinity, expressed as a pH value.
  • Safety Measures: Our commitment to safety extends beyond cleanliness. Certified lifeguards are always on duty, and safety protocols are strictly enforced. Swimmers can enjoy the water with peace of mind, knowing that their well-being is our top priority.
  • Public Cooperation: We also count on the cooperation of our patrons. Swimmers are encouraged to shower before entering the pool and to follow posted rules to help maintain a safe and clean environment for everyone.
  • Fall and Winter Pool Maintenance: During Calgary’s winter months, outdoor pools undergo essential preparations for the cold weather. They are closed in early fall as temperatures drop, followed by draining and winterization to protect against freezing. Safety measures, like fencing and signage, ensure the closed area remains secure. Planning for the next season begins shortly after, this includes maintenance scheduling, potential improvements and repairs. Our eight Calgary Outdoor Pools reopen in mid-June, so you can count on us for another safe and fun swim season every year!

The Calgary Outdoor Swimming Pool team is committed to creating unforgettable swim seasons. They work tirelessly to maintain the cleanliness and safety of our eight outdoor swimming pools, ensuring that everyone can have a fantastic time throughout the entire summer. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing dip, a place to soak up the sun, or a community of fellow water lovers, our pools have it all. Join in on the fun and find your closest pool here, if you have any further questions about how we maintain our pools fill out our online “Contact Us” form.


The Calgary Outdoor Swimming Pools Association (COSPA) manages eight outdoor swimming pools on behalf of The City of Calgary for use by Calgarians during the summer.

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