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CDC has been working with public health, academia, and aquatics industry representatives across the United States on guidance to prevent drowning, injuries, and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas. The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a voluntary, science- and best practices-based guidance document that can help local and state authorities make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. The MAHC serves as a voluntary model and guide for local and state agencies needing to update or implement swimming pool and spa code, rules, regulations, guidance, law, or standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of public swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other disinfected aquatic facilities.

New! The public comment period for the first complete version of the MAHC closed on May 27, 2014. The first edition of the MAHC will be released in summer 2014.

MAHC Topics

General Information

Purpose, outcomes, FAQs...

MAHC Development

Development & oversight of the MAHC...

Technical Committees

Providing specialized knowledge...

MAHC Status

First complete "knitted" version...

Steering Committee

Guiding the MAHC process...

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