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Issue: Public Swimming Pools and Spas
Affects:  Those who build pools/spas 
Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield,
jhatfield@apsp.org
Rule Summary:  After approximately 2 years of working groups, that included APSP members, the Department of Health has come up with a proposed update to the Maryland swimming pool and spa rules. The proposal: (1) Simplifies the permitting requirements for construction, alteration, repair, and replacement of parts for pools and spas; (2) Reduces the frequency of inspections for pools and spas with a demonstrated history of compliance; (3) Clarifies and adds specificity to the conditions which may warrant the suspension of an operating permit; (4) Adds a mechanism by which the Department can ensure regulations are implemented and enforced consistently across the State; and (5) Makes general corrections and revisions to clarify the regulatory requirements of pools and spas.
 APSP members have been working with the Department on these significant amendments to the current rule.  APSP is encouraging all its members who install, service or provide any type of service to public pools in Maryland, to review closely the proposed language and provide feedback so APSP can make sure all feedback will be captured in the comment period.  APSP plans to submit comments that either support the rule in total or support the rule with whatever suggested edits we receive. 
Status: The proposed rule notice was published in the State Register.  Comments will be accepted until February 19, 2019.  APSP requests members to provide comments to us no later than February 6, 2019.
Current version: http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/4602/Assembled.htm#_Toc535314788
Notice of Proposed Rule: http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDR/4602/Assembled.htm#_Toc535314788