Supplement Feature - February 2019
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Aquatic Trends Report

By Emily Tipping

Awareness and compliance are two different things, of course. Slightly fewer respondents—87.8 percent—reported that their facilities are currently in compliance with the ADA requirements for swimming pools. Another 5.7 percent said they are not in compliance, and 6.5 percent were unsure. (See Figure 24.)

Respondents from Ys were the most likely to report that they were in compliance with ADA requirements, while those from camps were the least likely to be in compliance. Some 93.7 percent of Ys said their aquatic facilities are currently in compliance with ADA requirements. They were followed by those from colleges (89.3 percent), parks (89.2 percent), rec centers (84.2 percent), and schools (82.9 percent). By comparison, just 70 percent of camp respondents said their facilities are currently in compliance with ADA requirements.

MAHC Awareness & Participation

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a set of guidelines published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), bringing together the latest science and best practices in order to help state and local government officials develop and update their pool codes. Codes have historically been developed at the local government level to cover such things as how and how often water is tested for safety, how aquatic facilities are built and operated, how chemicals should be used to maintain safe water and more. The MAHC provides local officials with the ability to create a more standardized set of rules and regulations for aquatic facilities based on well-recognized and -researched industry practices.

First released in the summer of 2014, the MAHC is not a static code, but rather is updated regularly as new information and input is made available. The most recent version of the code was released in the summer of 2016.

Created at the request of businesses, health departments, academics and others, the MAHC is meant to be a tool for government agencies to use as they develop their own pool codes. It is not a federal law, which means government agencies can choose whether to adopt it at all, whether to use all of the MAHC or just part of it, or whether to modify all or part of it to fit their needs.

Nearly six in 10 (57.6 percent) of respondents said they are familiar with the MAHC, up from 53.2 percent in 2017. Some 20.9 percent are very familiar with the MAHC, while 36.7 percent said they are somewhat familiar with it. (See Figure 25.)