About Recreational Waters Program

The Recreational Waters Program is responsible for compliance within Los Angeles County regarding review, inspection, and evaluation of a variety of swimming related sites. For example, Public Pool Plans are reviewed for compliance, field construction inspections are conducted at all stages of construction until a pool is complete. This program also Certifies Swimming Pool Service Technicians to service public and private pools in Los Angeles County. In addition, this program monitors the safety of ocean and fresh water swim areas. Public Notifications of Beach Warnings and Closures are posted on our webpage and accessible by calling the Beach Advisory and Closure Hotline.

About Pools

About Natural Swim Areas

About LA River Recreation

While swimming in the Los Angeles River is prohibited, kayaking is available. For information on LA River Water Quality in the designated recreational areas, please visit the LA City Sanitation website at https://bit.ly/LosAngelesRiverQuality.

Additionally, Heal the Bay releases its annual scientific reports on bacterial-pollution rankings for hundreds of beaches in California and dozens of freshwater recreation areas in Los Angeles County. View and download the most recent report card at https://healthebay.org/beachreportcard2022-2023/.