Dozens of Fargo spas forced to close in the last 3 months

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A Fargo hotel recently had its spa closed by the county because of dirty water.

The spa inside the Holiday Inn on 13th Ave S remains closed until the water can be retested and given the green light by investigators at Fargo Cass Public Health.

A sign posted inside the hotel reads that Fargo Cass shut the spa down on January 7.

We filed an open records request for inspection reports for the last three months, which show other troubled spas in Cass County.

Reports from Fargo Cass showed spas in at least 23 different locations in Cass County, mostly hotels, were closed by inspectors from October to December.

Bill Ranum of Dakota Spas and Pools said he's been working in the hot tub business for more than 40 years.

“I tell people if you take care of your hot tub, it will take care of you,” Ranum said.

According to Ranum, a good hot tub can be purchased for about $4,000 and he claims they're good for the body by releasing chemicals and easing stress.

“If you got aches, it's got a foot pod for your feet, it's got neck jets, back jets, shoulder jets,” Ranum said.

While he's a believer in the healing power of spas, Ranum draws the line when it comes to getting inside a public spa.

“You can get very sick, especially from a public tub, because you don't know what kind of sicknesses or diseases, or problems people can bringing into a hot tub,” Ranum said.

Fargo Cass Public Health is the agency in charge of inspecting public pools and spas, and a location can fail and have its spa/pool closed for various reasons, including chemical imbalance or faulty equipment.

The closures in these cases were related to chemical levels in the water, which keep spas clean, according to the agency.

“If you don't get rid of the bacteria, you can get what's called pseudomonas, it's like swimmer’s itch. It's a bacterial infection that gets in your pores,” Ranum said.

Fargo Cass has to retest the spas to make sure the water is in compliance before they can reopen it to the public.

Compliance is based on the proper chlorine and pH levels.

We reached out to the Holiday Inn for comment and management hasn't returned our call.