How many of you are following what the CDC, is proprosing as the National Standard for swimming pool operations?  (Model Swimming Pool Code) How many of us ----  Aquatics's professional in the public sector have been involved or consulted???  My internet search seem to be none of us!!!!  We need to bring our voice forward!!!  Check it out!!!  This is VGB x 1000. 

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You are correct, driven by the major lifeguard training providers, funded by NSPF through the CDC, lots of health inspectors. Here is a great example, rumor has it for a long long time they were thinking of proposing that ALL Lifeguards should be positioned in 6 foot high chairs...

This is a tragedy, when I try to read their findings I get lost in tons of pages that try to support "research based" requirements and protocols, only problem is that most of them that I read after pages and pages of information only say "more research is required".

I think like so many things aquatic this is another selective inclusion process that will result in chaos industry-wide as we try to comply with the unobtainable, costly or insane...

Call me sometime Greg!
We are caught between an existing insane system and an allegation that the future will be insane too. If we continue to do what we are doing now, I guarantee the future will remain insane. We have 50 state codes and many more county, city, municipal codes. Interested parties lobby and influence the local codes to suit their needs - or based on their perception of reality or science. The systems we live in now has failed so fabulously, it is an embarrassment. What is illegal in one state is required in another. Most states don't even require people who operate public pools to have any training. How can "professionals" support that position!!! Pathetic!

Jim, you are an extraordinary guy. I ask you keep an open mind. Having a public domain code that is updated regularly and works to live to the best science available is a good thing. If there is an important area that lacks important research, at least one code will help identify. When we focus on 50 codes, it is a lot harder to elevate a few research topics. The model code that will launch may not - will not - be perfect. The sooner we can create one score for us all to work from and refine, the sooner we will have some harmony rather than the dissonance we currently endure.

Strategically, it makes sense to create a public domain model code that can be refined. Creating 100s of codes is a profound waste of energy. To the scientists in the audience, the entropy (disorder) we experience now with codes will only be solved by one thing, work. Please get involved and help create a model code that makes sense.

As Laurie pointed out below, The World Aquatic Health conference will have four seminars on four Model Code modules. Register and attend. If you can't travel to CO on Oct 6-8th, then register for online access codes and view the seminars on the web about two weeks after the conference. It is time to harmonize. If the food people could make it work, why can't we?

Tom Lachocki
I found out about this over a year ago. At the time I was working as the aquatics coordinator for a local city. I know that the CDC sent out a call because I responded and found my way on one of the technical committees.

The committees have been working hard to develop a proposed code. It is a lot of work, especially considering that it is all volunteer. Currently, some of the sections are coming up for public comment. Everyone is encouraged to review and share their thoughts. For more about the public comment process visit the CDC website at

We are making every effort to have a science based code, so if you have a suggestion please share references that back up the concept. It takes a lot time to track down the actual source of some of the information. If you are aware of reference or a reference to the contrary, please share that as well.

The goal of the MAHC is to provide guidance to state and local authorities as they develop or redevelop their bathing codes. It is NOT a federal health code but, it will most likely become a standard used by health authorities. As an operator that has worked in several states and jurisdictions, I believe that the MAHC will help to eliminate inconsistencies and strengthen health codes nationwide. It won't be perfect at the start, after all nothing ever is, but it will be better than before. For more information on the MAHC go to
And for a full update, attend the World Aquatic Health Conference this Oct 6-8 in Colorado Springs, a full education track dedicated to the Model Aquatic Health Code.
Here's a paste of the info. You can find all of at And for those who can't attend, you will be able to have online on demand access after the conference.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
8:30 a.m. KEYNOTE – The State of Swimming
Chuck Wielgus – USA Swimming
10:00 a.m. Recreational Water Illness Prevention – Lessons Learned
Michelle Hlavsa, M.P.H. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11:00 a.m. Filtration & Circulation – Model Aquatic Health Code Recommendations and Rationale
James Amburgey, Ph.D. – University of North Carolina - Charlotte
1:30 p.m. Disinfection and Water Quality – Model Aquatic Health Code Recommendations and Rationale
Jim Dingman, M.S., R.E.H.S, D.L.A.A.S., - Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
3:00 p.m. Operator Training – Model Aquatic Health Code Recommendations and Rationale
Dennis R. Berkshire – Aquatic Design Group
4:00 p.m. Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality – Model Aquatic Health Code Recommendations and Rationale
Keith Coursin – Desert Aire Corp.


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