PHTA, ICC Publish ANSI/PHTA/ICC-2 2023 American National Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance

April 24, 2023

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and the International Code Council (ICC) are pleased to announce the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval and publication of ANSI/PHTA/ICC-2 2023 American National Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance (PHTA-2).

This new landmark aquatics standard provides public health officials, industry professionals, and code officials with an easily adoptable set of guidelines for the operation and maintenance of all types of public aquatic venues.

PHTA-2 focuses on critical areas including inspections, operating permits, water quality, hygiene facilities, indoor/outdoor environment, and other requirements. It is based on engineering principles, scientific tenets, and industry standards of care.

"The ANSI approval and publication of PHTA-2 is a huge win for our industry," says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President and CEO of PHTA. "This standard is the result of hundreds of hours of volunteer expert work and is a significant move toward healthy and safe aquatics venues."

"This new standard will play an important role in keeping our public pools and spas safe for all communities," says Dominic Sims, CBO, CEO of ICC. "Both our organizations understand the importance of consistently working towards updating and creating new codes and standards for swimming pools and spas, and we will continue to collaborate with PHTA to provide the resources that the building safety community and our members rely on."

Using an open, rigorous, and ANSI-accredited development process, PHTA-2 was developed by a balanced group of subject matter experts, designed with the end user in mind. It complements other PHTA standards and is a logical companion to the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code® (ISPSC).

The ANSI/PHTA/ICC-2 2023 American National Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance is available for purchase on the PHTA website.

For more information, contact the PHTA Standards Department at, visit the PHTA website, or call (703) 838-0083.