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FAQs About Pool Opening Delay in Harris County


    May 08, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Neighborhood Pool During Summer 2020


There is a lot of information swirling around about what to expect this summer when it comes to opening your neighborhood pool and good safety practices at that time. At DSRec, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe, and as a result, we are making a great effort to stay informed with the best health and safety practices from national, state, and local officials.


When will our pool be opening?

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement earlier this week lifting the state-wide executive Stay-at-Home Order for public swimming pools on May 9th. However, this order defers the final word on lifting or staying the lockdown to designated local officials. Harris County was issued an extension on the Stay-at-Home Order until May 20th. As a result, we will be unable to begin training until that time. For our staffed pools that are located in Montgomery County, we will have to abide by the same restrictions because of the necessity to train lifeguards and post signage that aligns with a May 15th announcement from the CDC on best practices for public pools. In order to ensure that all we have properly trained lifeguard staff and a properly sanitized pool area, we do not plan on opening any of our pools until June 1st at the earliest. This date may also shift later depending on the CDC’s May 15th statement.


After the pool does open, how will you be keeping the surfaces in the facility safe?

We will do everything we can to align with the recommended safety practices from the CDC and county health officials. This may include—but is not limited to—regularly sanitizing surfaces in the pool area, putting away all pool furniture to prevent the spread of germs, posting relevant CDC-approved signage, informing our staff accordingly on new CPR and First Aid practices as recommended by the CDC and American Red Cross, and maintaining only 25% capacity in the pool area.


Will pool rentals be allowed this summer?

As of now, we will not be facilitating any pool rentals for private parties and events. This is in an effort to protect the health and safety of all patrons and our staff. For questions or concerns regarding this, please contact Elissa Butler at


We are doing everything we can to make sure that the Summer 2020 season is safe and fun for all patrons in the community pools we manage. We recognize that there is conflicting information from various sources on these above decisions. Moving forward we will be regularly posting any changes and updates to the situation as need be on our Facebook page. We also have more in-depth explanations of our plans moving forward on our website news page. No matter the situation, you can trust DSRec to respond with vigilance, care, and expertise.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Stay safe,


Elissa Butler Communications & Marketing Director DS Recreational Services, Inc.

Pool management services since 1982

281.443.POOL (7665) ext 217