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Illinois Swimming Facility Legislation in Final Stages of Passage

Significant modifications to the Illinois Swimming Pool Health Code are being proposed in the Swimming Facility Act SB 3727 (Harmon, D. / Currie, B.) passed out of committee this week and is now on the House floor.  The bill requires prequalification by the Illinois Department of Public Health for architects, engineers and contractors to complete work in the State.  The Act include criminal and civil penalties, while exempting local government.  It is this writer’s experience, that no other health code has such requirements.  It will be interesting to see how the Illinois aquatic user benefits or suffers from the proposed legislation.  Will this Act impact the number of pools developed or renovated???

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MAHC Disinfection & Water Quality – CH Response

The CDC posted the Disinfection & Water Quality Model Aquatic Health Code Module for public comment on February 27, 2012. Hydrologicblog posted this announcement with the supporting documents. Disinfection & Water Quality Model Aquatic Health Code Module The Counsilman – Hunsaker team posted a group response in support of the public comment requirements. This response […]

Bob Hawken Retires From Neptune Benson

Bob has been a fixture in the aquatics industry for 42 years.  He focused on the commercial swimming pool industry beginning in the early 1980’s and after a 6 year relationship with KDI Sylvan Pools, joined Neptune Benson.   It is reported that we will still see Bob on special projects.  The Counsilman – Hunsaker team […]

Pools and Hot Tubs – Does Science Support Pool Water Exposure Causes Cancer or Asthma?

If something was published in scientific literature 50 years ago, you  simply go online (or have a librarian) go online to find the paper.  The upside is that scientific, scholarly  publications never go away!  This is an  awesome thing since today’s scientists can determine the edge of scientific  knowledge and push forward. This reduces wasteful […]

Reasonable Pool ADA Requirements

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) testified today before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution in support of reasonable pool and spa entry requirements for travelers with disabilities and called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work for sensible measures that provide access while protecting children from harm. AH&LA ADA Counsel Minh Vu, […]