Representing a first for the aquatics industry, it
appears there may be two new sets of standards in place by
The Model Aquatic Health Code, spearheaded by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is moving
forward. Meanwhile, the Swimming Pool and Spa/Hot Tub Code
(a joint effort of the International Code Council and the
Association of Pool & Spa Profes-sionals) is set to
wrap up initial draft phases later this the year.
Each set of codes is being developed with a different
focus. But officials from both projects share concerns that
creating two codes could create regulatory overlap and
By this summer, all the remaining modules planned in the
MAHC will have been put up for a public comment period,
said Doug Sackett, assistant director of the New York State
Department of Health, Bureau of Community Environmental
Health & Food Protection, who is overseeing the
project for the CDC.
The ICC-APSP partnership started ap-proximately two
years ago, with a goal of getting the code fully in place
by 2010, said Carvin DiGiovanni, senior director, technical
and standards at APSP.
“The intent of the code is to primarily deal
with issues relevant to code officials regarding the
installation and construction of water vessels,”
The ICC-APSP code will focus on installation of pools
and spas (commercial and residential), DiGiovanni said.
“It’s not the purpose of the code to get
into operations and management,” he added.
“When it comes to healthy water, we need to defer
to the CDC and what’s coming from health
But according to Sackett, “standards for
swimming pool design construction have typically been under
the purview of the health department, so there’s a
large body of expertise there. [Having two codes] is just
adding an increased level or burden of regulatory overlap,
and creating confusion and inconsistent requirements for
DiGiovanni agreed there’s potential for
overlap, but said efforts are in place to reduce any
duplication of work. “We don’t want two
codes that are going to conflict with each other,”
Beth Hamil, vice president of corporate
compliance/market development at DEL Ozone in San Luis
Obispo, was involved in creating the codes. She hopes
similar language is adopted in areas that apply to both
“In the interest of public health, we [must]
look at how pools are being operated and bring them into
... the 21st century,” Hamil said.