Revealing report shows multiple violations after water facility inspections
Revealing Report Shows Multiple Violations After Water Facility Inspections
Portland, Ore., October 13, 2014 –
The National Association of County and City Health Officials NACCHO) and Axiall Water Treatment Group, which is a part of
AXLL) released "Looking for
Trouble—Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Health Inspectors," a report on commercial pool operations and inspections that highlights
multiple violations in pool water safety. The report contains findings and
recommendations from a 2014 comprehensive survey of aquatic health officals
from across the United States and was released at the annual World Aquatic Health™Conference
The survey found that:
"NACCHO's survey of local health department officials who inspect
recreational water facilities was developed to identify the most common water
quality violations and equip inspectors with resources to educate pool owners
and operators,'' said Jennifer Li,
NACCHO's director of environmental health and health and disability. "Being able to study the protocols and experiences of
recreational water facility inspectors also allowed NACCHO and Axiall to examine
the quality of pool water in diverse jurisdictions throughout the country and
to make recommendations about water maintenance and the chemicals used to treat recreational water facilities."
The recommendations for local health department inspectors, pool owners, and operators are based on the findings and generally accepted best practices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and other national industry groups.
"Local health departments work
with partners every dayto ensure
the safety of the water we drink and the water we swim in," said Li. "It is our hope that the recommendations contained
in this report will not only help local health department inspectors better
understand the needs of recreational water
facilities, but also educate the pool owners and operators they inspect
about their role in helping to keep communities
healthy and safe."
Schiffman and Li jointly presented the report at the WAHC. This meeting spotlights issues and solutions to promote more people living healthier lives using pools, hot tubs, and aquatic venues, and to raise the visibility of this field . Conference sessions focus on a spectrum of drowning, illness, injury and liability prevention topics and aquatic health benefits. Thoughts leaders and influencers in the aquatics industry attend the WAHC.
"Being able to present this
critical information to our peers is vitally important to both organizations,"
added Schiffman. "As a leader in the manufacturing of tablet chlorination
systems for recreational water facilities around the world, we recognize the
importance of keeping the swimming public safe. Our NACCHO colleagues share our
concerns. We're extremely proud to be associated with NACCHO while sharing this
very important report."
The full report is available at www.LookingForTroubleStudy.com, and is free to NACCHO members.For non-members the nominal report fee is $19.99. For the first 100 report copies purchased, Axiall will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the NSPF.
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