The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC): A Model Public Swimming Pool and Spa Code

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is guidance based on the latest science and best practices to help ensure healthy and safe experiences in public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds (such as those at apartment complexes, hotels, gyms, and waterparks). MAHC guidelines are all-inclusive and address the cutting-edge design, construction, operation, and management needs of today’s public aquatic facilities.

Health jurisdictions can voluntarily use all or parts of the MAHC to create or update their codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries. Aquatics sector leaders can also use the MAHC guidelines in their facilities even if the jurisdiction has not yet adopted the MAHC.

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Page last reviewed: June 16, 2021