Regulation & Inspection of Pools & Hot Tubs
Pool regulations and codes are developed by government agencies to make sure that treated recreational water facilities (for example, pools, hot tubs, and water parks) provide a clean, healthy, and safe environment for the public. These regulations set minimum standards (such as the amount of chlorine that should be in the pool) to decrease the public’s risk of illness and injury. To ensure that these regulations are followed, state and local officials regularly inspect treated recreational water venues.
To learn more about regulatory efforts, inspection study findings, and other information, please follow the links below.
- Model Aquatic Health Code
- State-based Healthy Swimming Information
- Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
- CDC. Violations Identified from Routine Swimming Pool Inspections — Selected States and Counties, United States, 2008. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2010;59(19):582–7.
- CDC. Surveillance Data from Public Spa Inspections — United States, May–September 2002.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004;53(25):553-5.
- CDC. Surveillance Data from Swimming Pool Inspections — Selected States and Counties, United States, May–September 2002. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2003;52(22):513-6.
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