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North Carolina– HB 529 (Public Pools)

Issue: Artificial Swimming Lagoons and Swimming Pool Telephones

Affects:  Those who build or service public pools

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@phta.org

Bill Summary: This bill amends the definition of ‘public swimming pool’ to include artificial swimming lagoons.  An ‘artificial swimming lagoon’ means any body of water used for recreational purposes with more than 20,000 square feet of surface area, an artificial liner, and a method of disinfectant that results in a disinfectant residual in the swimming zone that is protective of the public health.   No later than December 1, 2019, the Commission for Public Health shall adopt rules governing the construction and operation of artificial swimming lagoons.

This bill also requires that all swimming pools have a telephone capable of directly dialing 911 or other emergency notification system, which telephone is permanently affixed to a location inside or within 75 feet of the pool enclosure and is accessible to all pool users. The Commission shall examine the need for a dedicated permanently affixed telephone in light of widespread cellular telephone availability, and, at a minimum, the Commission shall examine the need for and advisability of requiring closure of pools where a dedicated permanently affixed telephone is temporarily out of service due to technical issues. The Commission shall submit a report of the study's findings and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services no later than March 1, 2020.

Status: This bill was signed by the Governor on July 8, 2019 and took effect upon enactment.

Final version: https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/House/PDF/H529v4.pdf