In a move that could be a harbinger for the state,
Westchester County, N.Y., has adopted the state?s
ultraviolet sanitation system requirement for commercial
pools with waterfeatures.
The action came after the state approved a new emergency
code following an outbreak that sickened nearly 4,000
people in Lake Geneva, N.Y., in summer 2005. Far south in
affluent Westchester, all new commercial pools or major
renovations with interactive spray features now must be
equipped with UV in addition to a chemical sanitizing
?We?re a forward-looking health
department, and we?ve always been on the cutting
edge with technology,? said Gregory Carmichael,
Ph.D., deputy commissioner of health for the county.
Westchester doesn?t plan to enforce retrofitting
on existing pools. ?Many of them have safeguards
built in, such as lifeguards [who] see children drinking
from the spray features,? Carmichael said, stating
the burden would be too much. Signs instructing people
about hygiene and not drinking pool water also will be
Carmichael said that facility operators are already well
aware of UV?s benefits and may decide to install
them on their own. Every year before swim season, the
county holds training classes for operators and camp owners
about the risks involved in running a pool.
The county may set an example for the rest of the state
and possibly the nation to follow.
?I think what will happen is, the state is waiting
to see how it works out here ? and pass it
statewide,? Carmichael said.