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It’s time to adopt the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) for pools and hot tubs

Blog by:  Tom Lachocki


The National Swimming Pool Foundation has links to 78 state, county and city codes posted on our website.

Typical Health Code Process

The typical health code process involves having a group of local stakeholders from government and industry taking substantial time to update the local code. The draft usually goes through a public comment period, where people can challenge the health code if they don’t agree with it. Then, the health code gets edited or a diplomatic response goes back to the commenter.  Depending on the changes, the health code goes through another public comment period and, eventually, it gets approved and becomes official. 
By now, the good-hearted health official has developed gray hair (or it falls out like in my case). Those in the pool and spa industry develop higher blood pressure because now they have to make sure they are compliant with the new health code.

Let’s Adopt a Standard Code

How much time do you think we waste every five years updating and trying to comply with 78+ health codes? Isn’t it about time we all started working with, and ultimately adopting, the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code.

The bonus is that we get to give people in the federal government gray hair (sorry Michael Beach).  But the FACT is, there is no federal authority for disinfected recreational venues. As a result, the MAHC, a model code, will serve as a guide for local and state agencies to update or implement a pool and spa code in their jurisdiction. It’s not another mandate, it’s a model that will be user-friendly, knowledge-based, and scientifically supported.


To learn more about the MAHC, join the live stream of the MAHC seminars from the World Aquatic Health Conference on October 11.  Click here to check out the agenda and to register.


Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Swimming Pool Foundation® that hosts the annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference and the Step Into Swim™ Campaign.  He earned his B.S. from Lock Haven University in Chemistry, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining NSPF, he was responsible for product development with a $600 million per year recreational water treatment and consumer product business. 

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