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Swimming Pool and Spas Program

Iowa Swimming Pools and Spas

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Iowans use public swimming pools and spas throughout the year at a variety of locations such as municipal pools, schools, hotels, motels, camps, health clubs, country clubs, apartments, condominiums, and water parks. The Iowa Department of Public Health Swimming Pools and Spas Program has established minimum standards, 641 IAC Chapter 15, applicable throughout Iowa for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of these facilities in order to protect the bathing public from injury, minimize the potential for disease transmission and provide a safe and healthy aquatic recreational environment.

These minimum standards apply to all public swimming pools, spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, leisure rivers, and spray pads. The Swimming Pool and Spa Program contracts with local environmental health agencies that annually inspect about 1300 pools, more than 420 spas, 260 wading pools, and 260 water slides at about 1,260 locations in Iowa.

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CDC Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition Released

Thu, Mar. 26 2015 1:02 PM

The CDC has released the 1st Edition of The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).  Read more >>

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week May 18–24, 2015

Thu, Mar. 12 2015 12:20 PM

May 18–24, 2015 marks the 11th annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (formerly known as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week). The theme for this year is “Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs".  Read more >>