Swimming Pool and Mineral Bath Regulations
In October 2020, the Board of Health adopted amendments to the state swimming pool and mineral bath regulations (5 CCR 1003-5) that took effect December 15, 2020. The updated regulations authorize certain local entities to use the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), 3rd Edition – 2018, and to use locally adopted pool and spa construction standards in cases where the standards and the MAHC may conflict (section 25-1-508, C.R.S).
Regulation Implementation Policy
- The department’s administration/enforcement of the regulations in jurisdictions that do not have a voluntary swimming pool and mineral bath program.
- Voluntary adoption of the MAHC, in whole or in part, by a city, town, a city and county, or a county or district board of public health established pursuant to section 25-1-508, C.R.S. to be administered and enforced by such city, town, city and county, or local public health agency.
- Utilization of locally adopted pool and spa construction standards, or building, electrical, plumbing, or other applicable codes.
How to get involved
The department initiated a stakeholder process in 2019 and developed and proposed regulation changes to the Colorado Board of Health. All stakeholder presentations and meeting notes are publicly available. The Board of Health approved and finalized the proposed regulations now posted on the Secretary of State Website as the current regulation.
During the Board of Health October 2020 rulemaking, the department acknowledged that a policy would need to be created to clarify an interpretation of the language in the regulations. The division currently has a draft policy for stakeholder review starting June 30, 2021, and ending on Aug. 14, 2021. After reviewing stakeholder feedback, the final language for the policy was signed and finalized on Aug. 18, 2021.
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