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California- AB 1161 (Wave Basins)  

Issue: Wave Basins

Affects:  The regulation of wave basins as public pools  

Send comments to: Regan Ratliff, rratliff@phta.org

Summary:  This bill pertains to the regulation of public wave basins in the state of California.  Wave basins are defined as a constructed body of water with a wave generation system used for surfing related activities, constructed with an impermeable surface, with more than 100,000 square feet of surface area, and may cover a minimum of 10 acres and contain a minimum of 15 million gallons of water.  Wave basins contain a wave generation system and ancillary facility structures for water quality management. 

This bill would require wave basins to follow existing water quality laws and regulation relating to public swimming pools.  It would also require the wave basin to be operated in accordance to the most current life safety guidelines appropriate for surfing-related activities from the American Red Cross or other applicable certifying entity. 

When this bill was first introduced the bill sought to exempt wave basins in excess of 20,000 square feet of surface area from application of the construction standards and regulations, and the operation, maintenance, and use standards and regulations prescribed under existing law.  Since hen the bill has been amended and no longer seeks to exempt wave basins. 

Status: This bill was heard in the Committee on Health for the second time on April 24th .  Once more information is released PHTA will notify members. 

Current bill version: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1161