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CDC has been leading a national collaborative effort with public health, industry, and academic representatives from across the United States to develop national guidance to prevent drowning, injuries, and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas. This guidance document, called the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) will serve as a model and guide for local and state agencies needing to update or implement swimming pool and spa codes, rules, regulations, guidance, laws, or standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other public disinfected aquatic facilities. CDC will also work with national partners to periodically update the MAHC to ensure it stays current with the latest industry advances and public health findings.

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