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Know What's at the Bottom of the Pool Before You Swim

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May 27, 2010

The Department of Environmental Health is making sure that public pool operators have installed anti-entrapment drain covers and safety systems to comply with a new state law.

“These devices prevent swimmers from being trapped underwater due to suction from a pool drain. Our inspectors make sure that all public pools in the county meet the new requirements and other safety standards,” said Jack Miller, Director of the Department of Environmental Health.

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The department is responsible for inspecting more than 4,000 public pools and spas in the county, ensuring they are properly maintained. They are the lead enforcement agency for the new state law that went into effect January 1, 2010, which requires public pools built before that date to be retrofitted with anti-entrapment devices and systems by July 1, 2010.

County inspectors also check the pools for proper maintenance and educate the public about how to stay safe in and around the pool (see attached tips). The department cooperates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week, which continues through Sunday.

For additional information, please visit DEH's Pool Inspections information.

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