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Recreational Health

Swimming is the third most popular recreational activity in the United States, so it is important that public pools are clean and safe. Environmental Health does this by regularly inspecting 1,600 existing public swimming facilities—including pools and spas at apartment buildings, condominiums and community centers—and reviewing design plans for new pools. Ensuring that pools and spas are adequately maintained and well-designed reduces the chances of germs being spread and of injury or drowning.

Contra Costa County Environmental Health is responsible for ensuring that all public swimming pools, spas, water recreation attractions and natural bathing places are maintained or operated in compliance with local and state regulations. These regulations are intended to guarantee the protection of public health and safety.


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Assembly Bill 1020 Information

AB1020 Pool Safety Law - CDPH
Public pool and spa operators must comply with State Assembly Bill 1020 to help prevent the tragic and hidden hazard of drain entrapments by July 1, 2010 or face closure. AB 1020 passed in October 2009 and followed the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act requiring public facilities have drain covers and devices that prevent a swimmer's hair or body from becoming trapped by suction created by drains. The Virginia Graeme Baker act was named for the 7-year-old granddaughter of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker after she was trapped underwater by suction from a drain in a hot tub and drowned. Pools with a single main drain that lack both anti-entrapment drain covers and an anti-entrapment device or system will be closed beginning July 1, 2010 until fixed. Pools found in partial compliance will have a 30-day extension to show remaining work will be finished prior to the 2011 season.

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