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Montana Administrative Register Notice 37-471 No. 9   05/14/2009    
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BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OF THE

STATE OF MONTANA

 

In the matter of the adoption of New Rule I - CLXVIII, amendment of 37.5.117, 37.5.304, 37.95.127, 37.95.227, 37.106.2506, 37.111.104, 37.111.123, 37.111.305, 37.111.339, 37.111.504, 37.111.523, and repeal of 37.111.1001, 37.111.1002, 37.111.1003, 37.111.1010, 37.111.1011, 37.111.1012, 37.111.1013, 37.111.1021, 37.111.1022, 37.111.1023, 37.111.1024, 37.111.1025, 37.111.1101, 37.111.1102, 37.111.1105, 37.111.1112, 37.111.1113, 37.111.1114, 37.111.1115, 37.111.1130, 37.111.1131, 37.111.1132, 37.111.1133, 37.111.1138, 37.111.1139, 37.111.1140, 37.111.1141, 37.111.1142, 37.111.1143, 37.111.1147, 37.111.1148, 37.111.1149, 37.111.1150, 37.111.1151, 37.111.1152, 37.111.1153, 37.111.1154, 37.111.1155, 37.111.1156, 37.111.1158, 37.111.1159, 37.111.1160, and 37.111.1161 pertaining to swimming pools, spas, and other water features

 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION, AMENDMENT, AND REPEAL

 

TO:      All Concerned Persons

 

            1.  On June 3, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., the Department of Public Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing in the auditorium of the Department of Public Health and Human Services Building, 111 North Sanders, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed adoption, amendment, and repeal of the above-stated rules.

 

            2.  The Department of Public Health and Human Services will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.  If you require an accommodation, contact Department of Public Health and Human Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2009, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need.  Please contact Gwen Knight, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Legal Affairs, P.O. Box 4210, Helena MT 59604-4210; telephone (406)444-9503; fax (406)444-9744; or e-mail dphhslegal@mt.gov.

 

            3.  The rules as proposed to be adopted provide as follows:

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 1:  PURPOSE, APPLICABILITY, AND DEFINITIONS

 

            RULE I  PURPOSE AND APPLICABILITY  (1)  The intent of [new subchapters 1 through 22] is to help assure a safe and sanitary environment in and around public swimming pools, spas, and other water features.

            (2)  This chapter defines public swimming pools, spas, and other water features; establishes minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of public swimming pools, spas, and other water features and related facilities; regulates the inspection of such features and facilities; and provides for the enforcement of this chapter.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE II  REQUIRED UPGRADING TO EXISTING FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS  (1)  Existing licensed public swimming pools, spas, or other water features that were in use or under construction prior to [the effective date of this rule] and which do not fully comply with the upgraded requirements for the physical plants set out in [new subchapters 5 through 9], but met the rules in effect at the time of construction, may continue to be operated as long as the facility meets the requirements of the grandfather clause in [RULE CXLIX] and the operating requirements in this chapter, poses no significant health or safety risks, and is operated and maintained as designed, except that:

            (a)  Existing pools with slopes that exceed 1:3 in a deep end or diving well must be renovated to no greater than a 1:3 slope by January 1, 2011.  Pools that do not meet this requirement will not be licensed after December 31, 2010.

            (b)  Existing public swimming pools, spas, and other water features, must comply with the barrier requirements set out in [RULES XLII through XLVI] by March 1, 2010, or later date set in these rules.  Facilities that do not meet this requirement will not be licensed after December 31, 2009.

            (c)  Existing wading pools that are permanent structures and that use the daily fill and drain method of operation in conjunction with hand or manual chlorination shall not be licensed and may not operate after December 31, 2009.  No wading pool may be operated between adoption of these rules and December 31, 2009, until the wading pool complies with the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, 15 USC 8001-8005.

            (d)  Diving boards may not be used in any pool designed before or after [the effective date of new subchapters 1 through 22] until the pool and diving board meets the requirements of ANSI I 1991 or [RULES LIII through LVII].

            (e)  License holders of indoor pools, spas, or other water features that currently use isocyanurates or cyanuric acid as a disinfectant must convert to a different disinfectant system no later than [one year after effective date].

            (f)  Under the provisions of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, existing pools and spas are required to be in compliance with the applicable standards set out in 15 USC 8001-8005.

            (2)  All swimming pools, spas, and other water features must meet the operating requirements set in these rules with the following exception:

            (a)  current licensees of any swimming pools, spas, or other water features, do not need to meet the requirement of having an operator who meets the qualifications set in [RULE LXXIX] until January 1, 2011.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE III  DEFINITIONS  In addition to the definitions in 50-53-102, MCA, the following definitions apply to these rules.

            (1)  "Accessible" means readily available for inspection or replacement of parts.

            (2)  "Activity pool" means any pool designed primarily for play activity that uses constructed features and devices such as, but not limited to, lily pad walks, flotation devices, small slide features, and similar attractions.

            (3)  "Adult supervision" means a situation whereby a child at rest or play is within the constant sight and hearing of an adult, age 18 or over, who is charged with safeguarding the child.  Adult supervision must be of a nature that is uninterrupted, meaning that it is without absences, voids, or distractions that separate adult from child by distance, obstacles, or any hindrance to sight and sound communication.

            (4)  "Algae" means microscopic plant-like organisms that contain chlorophyll.  These organisms include green, blue-green or black, brown, and yellow-green (mustard) algae.

            (5)  "Air gap" means the unobstructed vertical distance through the free atmosphere between the lowest opening from an inlet pipe and the flood-level rim of a receptacle or floor drain.

            (6)  "Algaecide" means a natural or synthetic substance used for killing, destroying, or controlling algae growth.

            (7)  "Alkalinity" means a measure of the amount of bicarbonate, carbonate, or hydroxide compounds present in a water solution.  It is the buffering potential for water to change pH. 

            (8)  "ASME" means the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

            (9)  "ANSI" means the American National Standards Institute.

            (10)  "ANSI/NSPI-1 2003" means the American National Standards Institute and National Spa and Pool Institute, Standards for Public Swimming Pools, approved March 10, 2003.

            (11)  "ANSI/NSPI-2 1999" means the American National Standards Institute and National Spa and Pool Institute, Standards for Public Spas, approved February 4, 1999.

            (12)  "Antivortex drain cover or plate" means a plate or cover that is affixed to the main outlet of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature that prevents a vortex from forming as water passes through to the main outlet.  Some industry standards may use the term, "Listed Suction Outlet Cover/Grate" to describe this safety feature.  See "Listed suction outlet covers".

            (13)  "Attendant" is a term used with regard to public swimming pools, spas, or other water features that do not require lifeguards.  It means a person who oversees the use of a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature by bathers and provides supervision of the facility and basic assistance to bathers in need.  Each attendant must be currently certified by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association in infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and American Red Cross or American Heart Association standard first aid.  Attendants must be at least fifteen years of age.

            (14)  "Automated external defibrillator (AED)" means a medical device heart monitor and defibrillator that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

            (15)  "Backwash" means the process of thoroughly cleansing the filter media and/or elements by reverse water flow.

            (16)  "Barrier" means a fence, wall, or an enclosed room that is accessible only by a key or electronic card, or other method used to completely surround the public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature and to obstruct or restrict access to it.

            (17)  "Bather" means any person authorized by the owner, licensee, or certified operator to use a pool, spa, or other water feature or adjoining deck area for the purpose of water sports, therapy, swimming, sunbathing, or related activities.

            (18)  "Bathhouse" means a structure that contains dressing rooms, showers, and toilet facilities for use at a public bathing place or adjacent to a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (19)  "Bather load" means the maximum number of persons that could be in the pool, spa, or other water feature at any given moment or during any stated period of time.  Bather load for a pool, spa, or other water feature are calculated as provided in [RULE XXXV].

            (20)  "Breakpoint chlorination" means the addition of a sufficient amount of chlorine to water to destroy the combined inorganic compounds present.

            (21)  "Bromine" means a chemical element that exists as a liquid in its elemental form or as part of a chemical compound which is a bacteriological agent used to disinfect swimming pool water.

            (22)  "Brominator" means a device used to apply or deliver a bromine disinfectant to water at a controlled rate.  It may also be called a bromine feeder.

            (23)  "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)" means a lifesaving technique involving chest compressions and/or mouth-to-mouth breathing, to circulate oxygenated blood to vital organs.

            (24)  "Cartridge" means a depth, pleated, or surface type filter component with fixed dimensions designed to remove suspended particles from water flowing through the filter.

            (25)  "Catch pool" means a body of water located at the terminus of a manufactured water slide attraction that is provided for the purpose of terminating the slide action and providing a route for exit to a deck or walkway area.

            (26)  "Certified operator" means someone who has successfully completed the Certified Pool Operator (CPO) course sanctioned by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) course sanctioned by the National Recreation and Park Association, or an equivalent course approved by the department.  A certified operator must be currently certified, recertified, or must have obtained any Continuing Education Units (CEUs) required by the sanctioning organization.

            (27)  "Chemical feeder" means a mechanical device used for adding chemicals to the water circulating in a pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (28)  "Chlorinator" means a device used to apply or to deliver a chlorine sanitizer to water at a controlled rate.

            (29)  "Chloramines" means compounds that are formed when free chlorine combines with nitrogen-containing compounds such as perspiration or ammonia.  They can cause eye and skin irritation, have strong objectionable chlorine-type odors, and low sanitizing capability.  Also see "Combined residual chlorine".

            (30)  "Chlorine" means a chemical agent that exists as a gas in its elemental form or as a part of a chemical compound which is an oxidant.  It is a bacteriological agent used to disinfect the water in pools, spas, or other water features.

            (31)  "Chlorine demand compounds" means organic matter, chloramines, and other compounds that react with chlorine and deplete it.

            (32)  "Chlorine generator" means equipment that produces chlorine, hypochlorous acid, or hypochlorite on-site for disinfection and oxidation of water contaminants.

            (33)  "Circulation equipment" means the mechanical components that are a part of a circulation system on a pool, spa, or other water feature.  The components have different functions but when connected to each other by piping, perform as a coordinated system for purposes of maintaining water in a clear, sanitary, and desirable condition. Some components of circulation equipment include, but are not limited to:

(a)  pumps;

(b)  hair and lint strainers;

(c)  filters;

(d)  valves;

(e)  gauges;

(f)  meters;

(g)  heaters;

(h)  surface skimmers;

(i)  inlet/outlet fittings; and

(j)  chemical feeding devices.

            (34)  "Circulation system" means the arrangement of mechanical equipment components, connected by piping to and from a pool, spa, or other water feature, causing it to flow through the various system components for purposes of:

(a)  clarifying;

(b)  heating;

(c)  purifying; and

(d)  returning the water back to the original body of water.

            (35)  "Clarifier" means a chemical that coagulates and neutralizes suspended particles in water.  It can also mean coagulant or flocculent.  Examples are inorganic salts of aluminum or iron, and water soluble organic polyelectrolyte polymers.

            (36)  "Combined residual chlorine" means the portion of the total residual chlorine existing in water in chemical combination with ammonia, nitrogen, and/or organic compounds, mostly comprised of chloramine.  The combined chlorine number is the result of subtracting the free residual chlorine levels from the total chlorine levels, as determined by a test kit.

            (37)  "Contaminant" means any physical, chemical, biological, or radiological substance, or matter in water.

            (38)  "Critical safety violation" means a health or safety violation that has the potential to imminently cause or result in water contamination illness, serious injury or death, or an environmental or safety hazard.  When a critical safety violation occurs, the public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, or the portion of the facility affected must be closed until the violation has been corrected.  Critical safety violations are listed in [RULE V and RULE VI].

            (39)  "Cross connection" means a physical connection between the potable water system and a nonpotable water source such as a pool, spa, or other water feature.  The term also indicates the physical connection between a pool, spa, or other water feature and the sanitary sewer or waste water disposal system.

            (40)  "Cyanuric Acid (CYA)" is a stabilizer chemical which helps reduce the loss of chlorine in outdoor swimming pools due to the action of ultraviolet rays of the sun.  It accumulates on the various surfaces of pools.  High levels of CYA require adjustments to pool alkalinity.

            (41)  "Deck" means an area immediately adjacent to or attached to a pool, spa, or other water feature that is specifically constructed or installed for sitting, standing, or walking.

            (42)  "Deep area" means the portion of any pool, spa, or other water feature that has a water depth of five feet or more.

            (43)  "Department" means the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) provided for in 2-15-2201, MCA and its authorized representatives and local boards of health and their authorized representatives who conduct inspections and enforcement actions on behalf of the department. 

            (44)  "Depth" means the vertical distance measured from the bottom of the pool, spa, or other water feature to the designed or actual water level.  The measurement must be taken three feet out from the wall of the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (45)  "Diatomite" means the filtering medium of a diatomaceous earth filter that is composed of microscopic fossil skeletons of the diatom, a tiny freshwater aquatic plankton.

            (46)  "Disinfectant" means any oxidant, which includes but is not limited to, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, bromine, chloramines, and ozone that is added to water in any part of the treatment or distribution process and that is intended to kill or inactivate pathogenic microorganisms.

            (47)  "Diving board" means a recreational mechanism for entering a pool, consisting of a semi-rigid board which derives its elasticity through the use of a fulcrum mounted below the board.

            (48)  "Diving envelope" is the area of a pool that is designed for safe diving. Diving area is the same thing.

            (49)  "Diving platform" is a stationary platform designed for diving.

            (50)  "DPD" means diethyl-phenylene diamine.  It is the only acceptable test method that specifically measures bromine or free available and total residual chlorine levels.

            (51)  "Effluent" means the outflow water from a filter, pump, pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (52)  "Employee" means any or all of the following persons who perform any work at a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.  The term employee includes:

            (a)  the owner;

            (b)  a licensee;

            (c)  a certified operator;

            (d)  a person in charge;

            (e)  a person having supervisory or management duties;

            (f)  a person on the payroll;

            (g)  a family member;

            (h)  a volunteer;

            (i)  a person performing work under a contractual agreement; or

            (j)  any other person performing work.

            (53)  "Equalizer line" means a pipe located below the water level that draws water into the pump when the water level drops below the skimmer inlet.

            (54)  "Facility" means a public bathing place and includes any public swimming pools, spas, or other water features, bathhouses, restrooms, dressing rooms, equipment rooms, deck enclosures, and all other appurtenances directly serving the public bathing place.

            (55)  "Feet of head" means the resistance in a hydraulic system based on the equivalent to the height of a column of water that causes the same resistance (100 feet of head equals 43 pounds per square inch).  Also see "Total dynamic head".

            (56)  "Filter" means a device that separates solid particles from water by recirculation through a porous substance.  The term filter includes the following types of filters:

            (a)  "cartridge filter" means a filter that utilizes a porous element that acts as a filter medium;

            (b)  "diatomaceous earth filter" means a filter that utilizes a thin coating of diatomaceous earth (DE) or other filter aid over a porous fabric as its filter medium;

            (c)  "permanent medium filter" means a filter that utilizes a filter medium such as sand; and

            (d)  "sand filter" means a filter using sand or sand and gravel as a filter medium.

            (57)  "Filter Medium" means a finely graded material such as sand, diatomaceous earth, polyester fabric or anthracite, that is used to trap solid particles from the influent water and to return clear water to the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (58)  "Floor" means those portions of the interior pool surface having a slope of no more than 45 degrees from horizontal.

            (59)  "Flow-through hot springs pool" means a hot springs pool in which the water is continually flowing and in which the water volume exchange is sufficient to produce a turnover of the entire volume of pool water to waste water discharge every eight hours.

            (60)  "Flow meter" is a device that measures the rate of flow of water or other liquid through piping.

            (61)  "Flow rate" means the quantity of water flowing past a designated point within a specified time.  It is usually expressed as "gallons per minute".

            (62)  "Flume" means a trough-like or tubular structure with water that is generally recognized as a water slide that directs the path of travel and the rate of descent by the rider.

            (63)  "Flume slide" is a slide or slides of various configurations that are characterized by having deep riding channels, vertical and lateral curves, high water flows and which accommodate riders who may or may not use mats, tubes, rafts, and other transport vehicles.  The term includes, but is not limited to, family raft rides, inner-tube rides, body slides, and speed slides.

            (64)  "Free available chlorine" means the portion of the total chlorine remaining in chlorinated water that is not combined with ammonia or nitrogen compounds and that will react chemically with undesirable or pathogenic organisms.

            (65)  "Gutter" means an overflow trough in the perimeter wall of a pool or spa that is a component of the circulation system or where excess water can flow to a waste water discharge outlet.

            (66)  "Handrail" is a support device that is intended to be gripped by a user for the purpose of resting or steadying.  It is typically located within or at exits to the pool, or spa, or a part of a set of steps.

            (67)  "Hardness" means the amount of calcium and magnesium salts dissolved in water.  It is measured by a test kit and expressed as parts per million (ppm) of equivalent calcium carbonate.

            (68)  "Hot springs pool" means an indoor or outdoor structure or basin containing an artificial body of naturally hot water that is intended for swimming, soaking, or recreational bathing.  The term includes but is not limited to hot springs spas, hot springs swimming pools, and hot springs wading pools.

            (69)  "Hot tub" means a spa.

            (70)  "Hydrotherapy pool" or "therapeutic pool" or "therapy pool" means a unit that may have a therapeutic use.  Its features may include, but are not limited to:

            (a)  hydrotherapy jet circulation;

            (b)  hot water;

            (c)  cold water;

            (d)  mineral baths;

            (e)  air induction bubbles; or

            (f)  any combination thereof.

            (71)  "Influent" means water entering a filter, pool, or other device.

            (72)  "Interactive play attraction" means a manufactured water play device or a combination of water-based play devices in which water flow volumes, pressures, or patterns are intended to be varied by the bather without negatively influencing the hydraulic conditions of other devices.  These address only the water treatment and filtration requirement for such attractions.

            (73)  "Ladder" is a structure for ingress/egress that usually consists of two long parallel side pieces joined at intervals by crosspieces or "treads".

            (74)  "Langelier index" means a numerical calculation, based on the Langelier water balance equation that indicates whether the water may be corrosive or scale forming.  Also known as "Saturation Index".

            (75)  "Lazy river" means a constructed water course through which people travel by use of flotation devices.  They are manufactured streams of near-constant depth in which the water is moved by pumps or other means of propulsion to provide a river like flow that transports bathers over a defined path.

            (76)  "Lap pool" means any indoor or outdoor swimming pool with a minimum depth exceeding three feet six inches and a maximum depth not exceeding seven feet with a minimum length of 40 feet.

            (77)  "License" means the document issued by the department that authorizes a person to operate a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (78)  "Licensee" means the person or other entity that is legally responsible for the operation of a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature and any adjacent facility, and who possesses a valid license to operate the public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (79)  "Lifeguard" means a qualified person who is responsible for supervision and lifesaving at a licensed public bathing place or public swimming pool.  Under this chapter, "Lifeguard" means either a certified lifeguard or a licensed lifeguard with the following certification or training as set forth in [RULE CVIII].

            (80)  "Listed suction outlet cover/grate" means a suction outlet cover/grate which has been tested, certified, and listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory in accordance with ASME A112.19.8-2007.

            (81)  "Listed safety vacuum release system" means a safety vacuum release device tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory in accordance with ASME A112.19.8-2007 or ASTM F2387-04.

            (82)  "Local board of health" or "board" means a local board as defined in 50-2-101, MCA. 

            (83)  "Local health officer" or "officer" means a local health officer as defined in 50-2-101, MCA.

            (84)  "Multi-sectional pool" is a pool that has a number of different uses such as zero entry pool, lazy river, and slide pool, but which may have interconnecting areas.

            (85)  "National Sanitation Foundation International" (NSFI or NSF), means an independent, nonprofit organization of scientists, engineers, educators, and others engaged in research and testing and in the development of standards in selected public health and environmental areas.

            (86)  "NTU" means Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU).  NTU is a means of measuring turbidity in a sample by using an instrument called a nephelometer.  The normal measuring range is 0 to 100 NTUs.  Also see "Turbidity".

            (87)  "Other regulatory authority" means another agency that may have jurisdiction over some aspect of the construction or operation of public swimming pools, spas, or other water features or related facilities.  The term includes, but is not limited to, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and those agencies enforcing state and local building codes.

            (88)  "Oxidation reduction potential (ORP)" means the measurement of the oxidizing properties of any sanitizer being used in a pool, spa, or other water feature, and is measured in millivolts (mV) by an ORP meter.  Also known as "high resolution reduction" or "HRR".

            (89)  "Oxidizers" means products used to destroy organic and inorganic contaminants in water.

            (90)  "Overflow gutter system" means overflows, gutters, surface skimmers, and surface collection systems of various design and manufacture used for removal of water from a pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (91)  "Ozone (O)" means a gaseous molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen that is generated on-site and used for oxidation of water contaminants.  Ozone can also be used to regenerate bromine from bromide ions and as a supplemental contact sanitizer in conjunction with an EPA-registered sanitizer that provides a constant residual.

            (92)  "Ozone contact concentration" means the amount of ozone that is dissolved in pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (93)  "Ozone generator" means a device that produces ozone, generally exposing oxygen or air to corona discharge or ultraviolet light.

            (94)  "Pathogens" means disease-causing microorganisms.

            (95)  "Parts per million (ppm)" means a unit of measurement of a chemical which indicates the parts by weight in relation to one million parts by weight of water. It is equivalent to the term milligrams per liter (mg/l).

            (96)  "Person" means a person, firm, partnership, corporation, organization, or the state or any political subdivision of the state.

            (97)  "Person in charge" means the individual present at a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature and the related facilities who is responsible for the operation at the time of inspection.

            (98)  "pH" means the symbol for the negative logarithm of the hydrogen ion concentration, which is a measure of the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a solution.  Values between zero and seven indicate acidity.  Values between seven and 14 indicate alkalinity.  The value for pure distilled water is seven, which is considered neutral.

            (99)  "Plaster" means a mixture of white cement and aggregate used as a type of interior finish, which is white or lightly tinted, and is applied to a concrete pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (100)  "Plumbing system" means:

            (a)  the water supply and distribution pipes;

            (b)  plumbing fixtures and traps;

            (c)  soil, waste, and vent pipes;

            (d)  sanitary and storm sewers and building drains, including their respective connections, devices, and appurtenances within the premises; and

            (e)  water-treating equipment.

            (101)  "Plummet line" means a vertical line extending through the center from the center point of the front edge of the diving platform or springboard to the water's surface.

            (102)  "Plunge pool" means the pool located at the end of a flume.  It is also known as a "catch pool".

            (103)  "Point A" means the point on the surface of the pool directly below the end of the diving board through which the plummet line passes.  All references in the diving envelope calculations are in reference to "Point A".

            (104)  "Public bathing place" means a facility with one or more artificial bodies of water with a restroom or other bathhouse facilities operated for persons other than only the owner's family or invited guests.  Synonymous with "swimming area".

            (105)  "Public swimming pool" means an artificial pool and related facilities for swimming, bathing, wading, or other aquatic therapy or recreation.  The term includes, but is not limited to, natural hot water pools, spas, splash decks, water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools.  The term does not include swimming pools located on private property, including the private common area property of owner-occupied condominium developments that is used for swimming or bathing only by the owner, members of the owner's family, or their invited guests.  The term also does not include medicinal hot water baths for individual use.  For purposes of these rules, a "swimming pool" or "pool" is either a privately owned public swimming pool or spa, or a public swimming pool as defined here:

            (a)  "Privately owned public swimming pool or spa" means any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature operated in conjunction with lodging facilities such as motels, hotels, campgrounds, apartments, and condominiums that are rented or leased; in conjunction with a  health club or athletic club, or any other nongovernmentally owned or operated swimming pool, spa, or other water feature; or

            (b)  "Public swimming pool or spa" means any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature operated by a person as owner, licensee, lessee, or concessionaire, whether or not a fee is charged.  Any person who is charged money or any other consideration to use the pool is not an invited guest for the purposes of this definition.  Swimming pools are classified as Class A - D and Types VI - IX and Type N in [RULE XXIII] and Table 4.  See Table 3 for minimum water envelopes for diving pools.

            (106)  "PSI" means pounds per square inch.

            (107)  "Pump" means a mechanical device, usually powered by an electric motor, which causes hydraulic flow and pressure for the purpose of filtration, heating, and circulation of pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (108)  "Pump capacity" means the volume of liquid a pump is capable of moving during a specified period of time against a given total head.

            (109)  "Pump curve" means a graph of performance characteristics of a given pump under varying horsepower, flow, and resistance factors.  It is used in checking and sizing a pump.

            (110)  "Rate of flow" means the quantity of water flowing past a designated point within a specified time, such as the number of gallons flowing past during one minute.

            (111)  "Recreational water" means a facility or area together with associated buildings, facilities, and equipment, in conjunction with artificial or natural ponds, springs, lakes, streams, or other bodies of water that is designated for public bathing, recreational and swimming use, and is licensed and operated by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

            (112)  "Redecorate" means to make cosmetic changes or to add accessories.

            (113)  "Remodel" or "renovate" mean a substantial or material alteration.  In the context of these rules, the terms mean the activity of restoring or upgrading all or part of a public bathing place or public swimming pool structure and its component parts including, but not limited to, the rebuilding and/or replacement of worn and broken components.  Remodeling or renovation may include rebuilding or replacing pipes, drains, filtration systems, disinfectant systems, circulation systems, and/or pool decks.  The terms do not include painting, replacing tile or caulk, or other such cosmetic changes.

            (114)  "Responsible adult" means an adult, age 18 or over, who is charged with safeguarding the child.

            (115)  "Return inlet" means the aperture or fitting through which water under pressure returns into the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (116)  "Return piping" is the piping that is referred to as effluent, returning water to the pool or spa.

            (117)  "Ring buoy" means a ring-shaped floating buoy capable of supporting a bather, and which has an attached rope.

            (118)  "Risk" means the likelihood that an adverse health effect will occur within a population as a result of a hazard in the water of a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (119)  "Rope and float line" or "float line" means a continuous line not less than one-half inch in diameter, which is supported by buoys and attaches to opposite sides or ends of a pool to separate the deep and shallow ends in a pool that is greater than five feet in depth.  A rope and float line may also be used to separate pools of different uses or types.

            (120)  "Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS)" is a system or device capable of providing vacuum release at a suction outlet in case of a high vacuum occurrence due to a suction outlet flow blockage.

            (121)  "Sand Bottom Pools" mean pools that use sand as an interior floor finish over an impervious surface and are equipped to treat and filter the water in the sand areas to maintain a healthful sand condition.

            (122)  "Saturation index" means a mathematical calculation, based on the interrelation of temperature, calcium hardness, total alkalinity and pH, that predicts if pool water is corrosive, scale-forming, or neutral.  It can also mean a number that indicates whether water will have a tendency to deposit calcium carbonate from a solution, or whether it will be potentially corrosive.  When correctly balanced, the water will be neither scale-forming nor corrosive.  Also see "Langelier Index".

Five factors are used in the computation:

            (a)  pH;

            (b)  total alkalinity;

            (c)  calcium hardness;

            (d)  temperature; and

            (e)  total dissolved solids (TDS).

            (123)  "Scale" means the precipitate that forms on surfaces in contact with water when the calcium hardness, pH, or total alkalinity levels are too high.

            (124)  "Self-contained hot tub" means a hot tub that has a cabinet that houses the controls, the pump, heater, and filter.  Most portable hot tubs are made of an acrylic thermoplastic shell and are surrounded by a cabinet made of wood, alternative wood, or thermoplastic.  It can be moved to another location and reinstalled, and all control, water heating, and water circulating equipment are an integral part of the product.  It may be permanently wired or cord connected.  It is also known as a "portable hot tub".  Nonself-contained hot tub means a hot tub that is made of an acrylic or thermoplastic shell molded at the factory to comfortably fit the body's contours.  It does not have water heating and circulating equipment as an integral part of the product, and may employ separate components such as an individual filter, pump, heater, and controls, or assembled combinations of various components.

            (125)  "Self-closing or self-latching" means a device which causes a gate to automatically fully close and latch without human or electrical power.

            (126)  "Serious accident or injury" means any accident or injury:

            (a)  requiring emergency services response where a person requires medical treatment as determined by the emergency medical response personnel, including a drowning that does not result in death;

            (b)  resulting in a person seeking medical attention at a medical facility, hospital emergency room, or admittance to a hospital;

            (c)  requiring a lifeguard save of a drowning person; or

            (d)  resulting in a death.

            (127)  "Sewage" means liquid waste containing animal or vegetable matter in suspension or solution and may include liquids containing chemicals in solution.

            (128)  "Shallow area" means any portion of a pool where the water depth ranges from zero feet to five feet.

            (129)  "Shock treatment" means the practice of adding significant amounts of an oxidizing chemical to water to destroy organic and inorganic contaminants in the water.

            (130)  "Sight barrier" means a fence system that prevents entry but allows visual observation.  Also see "Barrier".

            (131)  "Signal word" means a visual alerting device in the form of a decal or label placard or other marking such as an embossing, stamping, etching, or other process that advises the observer of the nature and degree of the potential hazard(s) that can cause property damage, injury, or death.  It can also provide safety precautions, describe evasive actions to take, or provide other directions to eliminate or reduce a potential hazard.  Aquatic safety signage shall conform to specifications as described in the ANSI Z-535 series of standards on product safety signs and labels.  The following signal words mean:

            (a)  "CAUTION" indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.  It may also be used to alert against unsafe practices;

            (b)  "WARNING" indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury; and

            (c)  "DANGER" indicates an imminently hazardous situation that, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.  This signal word is to be limited to the most extreme situations.

            (132)  "Single-use spa" means a spa that is completely drained, sanitized, and refilled between each guest.  Single-use spas are not required to be licensed.

            (133)  "Skimmer" means a device installed in the pool, spa, or other water features that permits the removal of floating debris and surface water to the filter.

            (134)  "Skimmer cover" means a removable lid to close the deck opening to the skimmer housing.

            (135)  "Skimmer equalizer pipe" means a connection from the skimmer housing to the pool or spa below the weir that is sized to satisfy pump demand and prevent air lock or pump loss of prime.

            (136)  "Skimmer weir" means the part of a skimmer which adjusts automatically to small changes in water level to assure a continuous flow of water to the skimmer.

            (137)  "Slip-resistant" means a surface which has been treated or textured to significantly reduce the chance of a bather slipping in wet conditions.

            (138)  "Sodium hypochlorite" or "NaOCL" means a clear liquid form of an inorganic chlorine compound obtainable in concentrations of five to sixteen percent available chlorine, also known as liquid bleach or bleach.

            (139)  "Spa" means an artificial pool that is designed for recreational bathing or therapeutic use and is not drained, cleaned, or refilled for individual use.  A spa includes, but is not limited to, a therapeutic pool, hydrotherapy pool, whirlpool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi-type whirlpool bath.  A spa consists of a warm water reservoir with hydromassage jets that are manufactured of prefabricated material at a factory.  A spa may be "self-contained" or "nonself-contained".

            (140)  "Splash deck" means a constructed area over which water is sprayed or jetted to contact bathers, but is not allowed to pool.  A splash deck may also be known as an "Interactive Play Attraction", a "spray pool", or a zero depth spray pool.

            (141)  "Springline" means a line from which the pool wall breaks from vertical and begins its radius arc of the curvature (for cove construction) to the bottom of the pool.

            (142)  "Stabilizer" means a chemical which helps reduce the excess loss of residual chlorine in water due to ultraviolet rays of the sun.  Also see "Cyanuric Acid".

            (143)  "Steps" means a riser and a tread or a series of risers and treads extending down from the deck and terminating at the pool floor.  The term also includes recessed steps that are set into the pool wall.

            (144)  "Suction piping or influent piping" means piping that is connected to the suction side of the pump.

            (145)  "Suction outlet" means the aperture or fitting through which water under negative pressure is drawn from the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (146)  "Superchlorination" means the rapid addition of a high dose of chlorine to water for the purpose of eliminating combined chlorine levels; reducing cloudy water, slime formation, musty odors, algae and bacteria counts; and/or improving the water's ability to maintain effective sanitizer residual.  Also see "shock treatment" or "breakpoint chlorination". 

            (147)  "Surge chamber" means a storage vessel within the recirculating system used to absorb the water displaced by bathers.  Also known as "surge pit" or "surge tank".

            (148)  "Swimming area" means a facility with one or more artificial bodies of water and a restroom or other bathhouse facility that is operated for persons other than only the owner's family or invited guests.  The term is synonymous with "public bathing place".

            (149)  "Tamperproof or vandal-proof" means requiring special tools to alter or remove portions of the equipment.

            (150)  "Temperature measuring device" means a thermometer, thermocouple, thermistor, or other device that indicates the temperature of food, air, or water.

            (151)  "Test kit" means a device for monitoring or measuring a specific chemical residual or other parameter in the water of a pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (152)  "Total alkalinity" means the ability of water to resist change in pH.  It is also known as the buffering capacity of water, and consists mainly of carbonates, bicarbonates and hydroxides.  Total alkalinity is measured with a DPD test kit and measured in parts per million (ppm).

            (153)  "Total available chlorine" or "total chlorine" means the sum of both free available and combined chlorine.

            (154)  "Total dissolved solids" or "TDS" means a measure of the total amount of dissolved matter in water including, but not limited to, calcium, magnesium, carbonates, bicarbonates, or metallic compounds.

            (155)  "Total Dynamic Head" or "TDH" is the sum of all resistances in a complete operating system.  One pound per square inch is equivalent to 6.89 KiloPascal (kPa).  One pound per square inch is also equivalent to 70.3 grams per square centimeter.  One hundred feet of head is equivalent to 296.47 KiloPascal (kPa).  One hundred feet of head is equivalent to 3.02 kilograms per square centimeter.  Also see "Feet of head".

            (156)  "Tourist home" means a privately owned house or condominium that is not occupied by an owner or manager and that is rented, leased, or furnished in its entirety to transient guests on a daily or weekly basis.

            (157)  "Turbidity" means a cloudy condition of the water due to the presence of extremely fine particulate materials in suspension which interfere with the passage of light.  "Turbidity" also means the cloudy appearance of water caused by the presence of suspended and colloidal matter.  A turbidity measurement is used to indicate the clarity of the water.  Turbidity is measured in NTUs.

            (158)  "Turnover" or "turnover rate" means the period of time, usually expressed in hours, required to circulate a volume of water equal to the capacity of the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (159)  "Vanishing edge or negative edge" means a water-feature detail in which water flows over the edge of at least one of the pool walls and is collected in a catch basin.

            (160)  "Velocity" means the speed at which a liquid flows between two specified points.  Velocity is expressed in feet per second.

            (161)  "Vortex pool" means a circular pool equipped with a method of transporting water in the pool for the purpose of propelling riders at speeds dictated by the velocity of the moving stream.

            (162)  "Wading pool" means a pool in which the water depth does not exceed two feet.

            (163)  "Wall" means any interior pool wall surface with a slope of no more than 11 from vertical.

            (164)  "Waste water" is water that is backwashed from the filter and sent to the sanitary sewer or other approved disposal method.

            (165)  "Waste water disposal system" means a plumbing system used to dispose of backwash or other water from a pool, spa, or other water feature or from dressing rooms and other facilities associated with a public bathing place. 

            (166)  "Water feature" means an artificially created recreational structure or area using moving water.  These features may include but are not limited to splash decks, water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools.

            (167)  "Water line" means the middle point of the operating range of the skimmer system if the pool is so equipped; or where an overflow system is in use, the height of the overflow rim.

            (168)  "Water slide" means a slide adjacent to or in a pool with a water flow in it that originates above the surface of the pool water and ends with a drop into the pool.  It consists of a trough-like slide or tubular structure that directs the path of travel and the rate of descent by the rider.  Also see "Flume".

            (169)  "Wave pool" means a pool designed for the purpose of producing breaking wave action in the water that does not use sheet flow technology.

            (170)  "Zero depth pool" means a pool with a sloping entry starting above the water line at deck level and ending below the water line.

            (171)  "Zero depth spray pool" means an area where water is dispersed using a fountain or similar installation and in which the water that is sprayed does not accumulate on the ground.  The water from a zero depth spray pool may be recirculated or drained to waste.  The water must be chlorinated or must come from an approved municipal water system.  A zero entry spray pool may also be known as a splash deck or as a spray pool.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 2:  ENGINEERING STANDARDS

 

RULE IV  ADOPTION OF ANSI/NSPI STANDARDS  (1)  Unless otherwise specified in the rule, the following American National Standards Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Sanitation Foundation International, American Society of Testing Materials, and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ANSI/NSPI) standards and codes are adopted by reference and apply to all new construction or remodeling or renovation of existing facilities:

            (a)  ANSI/NSPI-1 2003   American National Standard for Public Swimming Pools; approved March 10, 2003 and published by National Spa and Pool Institute (now Association of Pool & Spa Professionals), 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 500, Alexandria VA 22314-4695;

            (b)  ANSI/NSPI-2 1999  American National Standard for Public Spas; approved February 4, 1999 and published by Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 500, Alexandria VA 22314-4695;

            (c)  ANSI/APSP-7 2006 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins; approved September 11, 2006, and published by Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 500, Alexandria VA 22314-4695;

            (d)  ANSI/NSPI-8 1996 Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs; approved December 19, 1995 and published by National Spa and Pool Institute (now Association of Pool & Spa Professionals), 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 500, Alexandria VA 22314-4695;

            (e)  ANSI/IAF-9 2005 American National Standard for Aquatic Recreational Facilities; approved October 7, 2004, and published by International Aquatic Foundation, P.O. Box 4038, Alexandria VA 22303;

            (f)  ASME A112.19.8-2007  Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs; issued March 30, 2007 and published by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016-5990, (800)843-2763;

            (g)  NSF/ANSI Standard 50-2008  Pool, Spa & Recreational Water Products; approved February 2008, published by American National Standards Institute, 1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036;

            (h)  ASHRAE 62.1-2007 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality; published by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, 1791 Tullie Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30329; and

            (i)  ASTM F 2376-06  Standard Practice for Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction, and Operation of Water Slide Systems; American Society for Testing Materials International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 3:  POOL CLOSURES AND OTHER CORRECTIVE ACTION FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS

 

            RULE V  CRITICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE  (1)  The following items are critical health and safety violations that require a pool owner or operator to immediately close a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature and related facilities until the safety violations have been resolved:

            (a)  no filtration is available, whether because the pump has broken or for some other reason;

            (b)  no sanitizer is available or the sanitizer feeder is not operational;

            (c)  sanitizer falls outside the parameters set in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7;

            (d)  a main drain cover is missing, loose, or unsecured or there is any other entrapment hazard present;

            (e)  there is a violation of the chlorine gas storage and handling standards set in [RULE LXXXI];

            (f)  pool clarity falls outside the parameters set in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7, or is insufficient to allow an observer to see the main drain from anywhere in or around the pool;

            (g)  a fecal accident or vomit accident has occurred;

            (h)  there are not lifeguards on duty in required numbers where lifeguards are required;

            (i)  there is no person currently certified in CPR present at the facility where required;

            (j)  there is not a "no lifeguard on duty" sign posted in a situation where a lifeguard is not required;

            (k)  the temperature of the water in a pool, spa, or other water feature exceeds 104F; except that natural flow through hot springs pools may be 106F;

            (l)  lighting in the vicinity of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is inadequate to allow an observer to see the main drain from anywhere in or around the pool;

            (m)  there is a missing vacuum filtering cover;

            (n)  at an outdoor pool, thunder is heard, or one or more lightning flashes is observed; and/or

            (o)  a drowning or other serious accident has occurred and emergency responders or investigators are still present to render aid to the victim or to gather evidence.

            (2)  The pool owner or operator is required to self close the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature until any of the above safety violations have been corrected.

            (3)  The pool owner or operator shall prepare and maintain a report of each instance in which the pool is self-closed to correct a safety violation under this rule.  The report shall be signed by the person responsible for correcting the safety violation and it shall document:

            (a)  the nature of the safety violation;

            (b)  the date and time the violation occurred;

            (c)  the date and time the pool was closed;

            (d)  the measures taken to correct the safety violation; and

            (e)  the date and time the pool reopened.

            (4)  If any drowning other serious accident or injury has occurred, the report shall be submitted to the department within 48 hours of the incident by faxing it to the Food and Consumer Safety Division, Department of Public Health and Human Services, (406)444-4135.

            (5)  Failure or refusal of an operator to close a pool, spa, or other water feature when one of the health or safety violations in (1)(a) through (o) has occurred presents an imperative risk to public health and safety that supports emergency closure of the facility and emergency suspension of the facility licenses.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE VI  HEALTH AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS THAT MAY REQUIRE IMMEDIATE POOL CLOSURE  (1)  The department may order a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature immediately closed where there have been repeated or ongoing or a combination of the following health and safety violations:

            (a)  pH of the water is higher than 7.8 and the chlorine or bromine reading is at or near minimum required levels;

            (b)  alkalinity of the water falls outside the parameters of 80-220 ppm;

            (c)  except during lap swimming or competitive swimming, no guard line is in place at the break between the shallow and deep ends of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature; or

            (d)  the following required safety equipment is not available:

            (i)  lifepole or shepherd's crook must be available at poolside;

            (ii)  a ring buoy or rescue tube must be available at poolside; and/or

            (iii)  a backboard with head restraints must be readily available.

            (2)  The department may close any pool, spa, or other water feature for any of the violations listed in [RULE CLVIII].

            (3)  Once the facility operator has submitted and satisfactorily completed a corrective action plan under [RULE CLX], the department will approve reopening any pool, spa, or other water feature.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE VII  REQUIRED INSTALLATION OF ULTRAVIOLET DISINFECTANT SYSTEM  (1)  In instances in which a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature has more than ten users contract water borne disease such as crytosporadia or giardia within a period of 30 days the department may require the pool licensee to develop a corrective action plan approved by the department.

            (2)  If the corrective action fails to bring the disease outbreak under control, the department may require that the facility install and utilize an ultraviolet disinfectant system as a secondary disinfectant system.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 4:  PLAN REVIEW

 

            RULE VIII  PLAN REVIEW REQUIRED FOR POOLS, SPAS, AND OTHER WATER FEATURES  (1)  Complete plans and specifications for work or installation must be submitted to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for review and approval before any construction begins or before any change is made to the existing facility whenever the owner or operator of a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature intends to:

            (a)  construct, reconstruct, alter, convert, or repair any aspect of the swimming pool, spa, other water feature, or any related facility and the work will be more extensive than what occurs in routine maintenance; or

            (b)  install equipment at the location of the pool, spa, or other water features. 

            (2)  All plans and specifications listed in [RULE XI] for new facilities and all plans and specifications pertaining to any planned changes or additions to existing facilities shall be submitted as attachments to a plan review checklist form.  The forms are available from the department by contacting the Food and Consumer Safety Section, Department of Public Health and Human Services, 1400 Broadway, Room C-214, Helena, Montana  59620 or at www.fcss.mt.gov.

            (3)  The plan review checklist form, plans and specifications, and the applicable plan review fee, shall be submitted to the Food and Consumer Safety Section, Department of Public Health and Human Services, 1400 Broadway, Helena, Montana  59620, at least:

            (a)  90 days prior to the anticipated date that the construction or reconstruction, alteration, or conversion of an existing public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, or related facility is set to begin; or

            (b)  30 days prior to the anticipated installation date of new or replacement equipment.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE IX  QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR PERSONS PREPARING PLANS FOR REVIEW  (1)  Plans, specifications, and supporting data must be prepared by a professional engineer who is registered in Montana, an architect who is registered in Montana, or a construction contractor registered in Montana.  A licensed professional engineer or a registered architect shall include his seal and signature on any plans and specifications submitted to the health authority.  A registered construction contractor shall include an original signature on any plans and specifications submitted to the health authority.

            (2)  Plans for all municipal pools and for all other pools exceeding 2000 square feet total in size, pools more than 70 feet long in one dimension, or pools that include lazy rivers, slide pools, or wave pools, or other complex designs must be stamped by a Professional Engineer or an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) licensed architect.  Stamps or seals may be provided electronically.

            (3)  Any plans for any slide structure must be reviewed and approved by a licensed structural engineer and the plan for the slide must include his seal.

            (4)  It is the responsibility of any builder, engineer, or architect involved in the construction of a new facility or involved in the design or reconstruction of a major remodel of any pool, spa, or other water feature, to ensure that all requirements of these rules are met.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE X  SCOPE OF REVIEW BY THE DEPARTMENT  (1)  The department shall review all plans, specifications, and supporting data only to determine if they are in compliance with these rules.

            (2)  In reviewing whether a plan complies with all applicable standards, the department may conduct preliminary inspections of any construction or of any reconstruction to any existing pool, spa, or other water feature during the construction or reconstruction and upon completion to determine whether the design and construction or reconstruction complies with the plans that were submitted.

            (3)  The department's review of the plans will not include:

            (a)  a review of the structural design or structural stability of any section or part of the facility;

            (b)  any determination of whether the plan is in compliance with building, electric, plumbing, mechanical, or ventilation codes; or

            (c)  any determination of whether the swimming pool, spa, or associated water feature complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XI  ENGINEERING REVIEW  (1)  If the department determines it is necessary to have an engineering review conducted on facets of the design including, but not limited to, such things as the total dynamic head (TDH), pipe flow velocities, air exchange, or other complex calculations, it may contract with an engineering firm to conduct that portion of the plan review.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XII  SUBMITTING PLANS FOR REVIEW  (1)  Plans and specifications shall be submitted to the department in duplicate with a completed plan review checklist.  All plans and specifications shall be drawn to a standard scale and with sufficient detail to permit a comprehensive review of whether the plan complies with all applicable standards.

            (2)  All specifications for any plans submitted for review must comply with the standards set by these rules.  An inadvertent failure of the department to reject a specification that does not meet the requirements of these rules does not excuse the licensee or license applicant from its duty to meet the standards set here.

            (3)  The plan submittal package for the construction of a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or related facility, or for the reconstruction, alteration, or conversion of an existing public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or related facility, shall include, but not be limited to:

            (a)  a plan view and a sectional view of both the pool, spa, or other water feature or related facility, and surrounding area;

            (b)  one or more drawings showing cross-sections through the main drain;

            (c)  a drawing of the overall plan showing the pool, spa, or other water feature in relation to other facilities in the area, including any equipment room;

            (d)  a detailed view of the equipment layout in the equipment room;

            (e)  a piping schematic that shows the piping configuration, pipe size, valves, inlets, main drains, over flow outlets, skimmers, make-up water, backwash from the filter, and treatment facilities;

            (f)  scaled drawings of the pool bottom and sidewalls;

            (g)  cross section drawings with measurements of the step risers and treads and of any handrails;

            (h)  all manufacturer specifications for all required components of the pool, spa, or other water features including, but not limited to, treatment equipment, pumps, disinfectant feeders, chemical feeder filters, and strainers;

            (i)  specifications for the materials that will be used to construct the pool or spa and for the materials used as finishes on any of the walkways;

            (j)  specifications for the slope and drainage of pool bottoms, decks, and other surface requiring drainage;

            (k)  plans and drawings related to all bathhouse or other sanitary facilities;

            (l)  an estimation of the anticipated bather load of the pool or spa;

            (m)  calculations of the surface area and volume of the pool, spa, or other water features, calculations of the turn-over rate, flow rate, water velocities, total dynamic head, and pump curve showing design flow for each swimming pool, spa, or other water feature;

            (n)  all specification sheet(s) pertaining to suction outlet cover/grates that will be used and documentation that they comply with ASME A112.19.8M-2007;

            (o)  the name and location of any water source that will or may supply water to the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature;

            (p)  details on the method that will be used to dispose of pool water and all other wastewater in compliance with applicable law;

            (q)  details on barrier construction;

            (r)  the plan review fee established in Table 1 of [RULE XIV]; and

            (s)  any other information specifically requested by the department.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XIII  INCOMPLETE PLAN REVIEW APPLICATIONS  (1)  The department shall provide timely review of any plan review application packet it receives to determine if it is complete and to determine whether more information is needed based upon the specific plans submitted.

            (2)  If the department determines that all items required in [RULE XII] for the review have not been submitted, it will notify the applicant in writing and will identify which items still need to be submitted.  Review of the plans will not proceed until those items of information are submitted.

            (3)  If the department is required to send a second or subsequent letter requesting that the applicant submit previously identified items, the packet review fee set in [RULE XIV] will be charged each time the department must review the submissions to determine if they are yet complete and must then notify the applicant that items are still missing from the plan review application packet.

            (4)  The department may request, in writing, that the applicant provide additional information pursuant to [RULE XII].  Any such request will be made by the department as soon as practicable.  Where the department has requested this additional information, review of the remainder of the plan review checklist and supporting documents will continue to the extent possible while the department waits to receive the additional information.  No additional fee for reviewing an incomplete application will be charged in these circumstances.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XIV  BASE FEE TABLE

 

Table 1.

 

Type

Square Footage

Fee(s)

Swimming Pool

Less than 500 sq. ft.

$175

Swimming Pool

500-999

$275

Swimming Pool

1,000-1,999

$385

Swimming Pool

2,000-3,999

$550

Swimming Pool

4,000+ sq. ft.

$625

Spa pool

Less than 500 sq. ft.

$175

Spa pool

500 sq. ft. or larger

$275

Wading pool

 

$175

Spray attraction

By size, see above

 

Lazy river

By size, see above

 

Wave pool

By size, see above

 

Other pools not listed above

By size, see above

 

Filter system change

 

$75

Disinfection system change

 

$75

Remodel or renovations

 

$300+$75/hour over 4 hours review time

Incomplete application

 

After the department has on one occasion notified the applicant in writing of items from the plan review that still need to be submitted, a $75 fee will be assessed for each subsequent notification listing previously identified missing items.

Fee for interim plan review conducted as determined needed under [RULE XIX] to determine if construction is complying with submitted plans

 

$200

Fee for inspection for final plan approval before opening or large or complex projects

Facilities with multiple water features

$300

Fee for additional review of plan and facility to determine if licensee or license applicant has corrected previously identified deficiencies

 

$75/hour for actual review time

Fee for department to review requested changes to an approved plan

 

$75/hour for actual review time

Engineering review

 

reasonable fees

Fee for final inspection of small project plans to determine if construction complied with plan

Spa less than 810 sq. ft. or pool less than 20,000 gallons

$60

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XV  PAYMENT OF PLAN REVIEW FEES  (1)  The applicant shall submit any required fee identified in Table 1 based on square footage of specific type of pool, spa, or other water feature in [RULE XIV] to the department at the time the plan review checklist and supporting documents are submitted.  Pools not located on contiguous properties are considered separate projects for purposes of the fee schedule.  Plan review will not begin until the fee is received.

            (2)  After the first time that a notice of incomplete application is sent to the applicant identifying items that are missing and needed for review, each time a subsequent notice is sent to the applicant identifying one or more of those items as still missing, a $75 incomplete plan review fee must be submitted with the additional materials that are subsequently provided to the department.  Plan review will not begin until the fee is received.

            (3)  Fees for subsequent review, including interim review, final review, and engineering reviews shall be paid at or before those reviews occur or within 30 days of when an invoice for an engineering review is submitted to the license applicant or licensee.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XVI  ENGINEERING REVIEW FEES  (1)  The department may incur reasonable  engineering fees for an engineering consultation on aspects of the application for plan review that are beyond the in-house expertise of department personnel. 

            (2)  If the department contracts with an engineering firm to conduct an engineering review, the applicant will be required to reimburse the department for those engineering costs based upon the costs the engineering firm charges the department for the engineering review.  This fee is in addition to any other applicable review fees set out in [RULE XIV], Table 1.

            (3)  The fee for any engineering review must be paid before the department or local regulatory authority may issue a license for the pool, spa, water slide, water recreational facility, or related facility.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XVII  PAYMENT OF REVIEW FEES  (1)  Plan review fees must be paid before the department will issue a license.

            (2)  If the department requires plan review at identified phases of construction of water parks or complex projects to ensure that the construction is in compliance with the plans, a fee of $200 must be paid at the time of each such additional review.

            (3)  The plan review fee for any pre-opening or final plan review of a swimming pool, complex, water park, or other complex project is $300.  That fee encompasses the review of all pools, spas, or other water features opening at the facility to ensure that construction is in compliance with the plan.

            (4)  A fee of $60 will be charged for a pre-opening or final review for a simple project such as a spa less than 800 gallons in size or a swimming pool less than 20,000 gallons in size.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XVIII  PLAN REVIEW APPROVAL AND EXTENSIONS  (1)  Plan review approval by the department is valid for one year and substantial and continuous construction must be initiated within 12 months of the date of approval.

            (2)  If substantial and continuous construction has not been initiated within 12 months from the date of the department's plan approval, the owner must obtain an extension in writing from the department.  In no case shall an extension of the plan approval be granted for more than six months beyond the one year expiration date of the original approval.  The department is not required to approve a request for an extension of the plan approval.

            (3)  In any instance in which construction is not initiated within one year of plan approval or within the time granted for an extension, construction must cease and plans, specifications, and supporting documents, and appropriate fees must be resubmitted for another review.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XIX  PLAN REVIEW DURING CONSTRUCTION PHASE 

            (1)  Whenever plans and specifications must be submitted to the department for review, the department shall review the construction or reconstruction of any pool, spa, or other water features and related facilities to ensure that it is constructed in compliance with the applicable requirements of these rules.

            (2)  Depending upon the complexity of the project, the department may require interim reviews to be conducted at phases of construction that the department identifies to the applicant during the initial plan review.

            (3)  A pre-opening or final licensing review must be performed for any swimming pool or any combination of water features before the final approval may be granted and a license issued.

            (4)  Any deficiencies identified during the final plan review must be satisfactorily addressed by the applicant before the department may issue a license to operate the pool.

            (5)  The department may conduct pre-opening or final plan review when it determines that its own expertise is necessary for an adequate technical inspection, or the department may request a local health department to conduct pre-opening or final plan review.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XX  CERTIFICATION AND DEVIATIONS FROM APPROVED PLAN    (1)  The pool or spa and related facilities shall be built in accordance with the plans as approved unless a modification of the approved plans is approved in writing by the department. 

            (2)  The department's fee for conducting a review of change to an approved plan will be calculated and assessed at a rate of $75 per hour.

            (3)  Within 30 days of the completion and licensing of any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or related facilities, the architect, or engineer, or contractor of record, overseeing the project must submit a certification in the form of an "as-built" letter to the department indicating that the facility was built according to the plans submitted or which identifies and documents any changes that were made on-site.  Any change from the approved plans must still meet all requirements of these rules.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XXI  INFORMATION AND TRAINING TO BE PROVIDED TO LICENSE APPLICANT  (1)  Upon completion of any construction or installation at a pool, spa, or other water feature, the contractor, subcontractor, and suppliers must provide the license applicant of the facility with complete written plans and operating instructions pertaining to all features or equipment constructed or installed at the pool, spa, or other water features, including the plans and instructions for any and all equipment, the circulation system, and maintenance required for the swimming pool or spa water.

            (2)  The contractor, subcontractor, and suppliers must meet with the owner/licensed operator of the facility and provide training to the license applicant on:

            (a)  the operation and maintenance of all equipment installed during the project;

            (b)  the operation and maintenance of any circulation system installed during the project; and

            (c)  the maintenance required for any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature to meet the requirements of these rules.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            RULE XXII  UNAPPROVED CONSTRUCTION OR INSTALLATION  (1)  Any construction, renovation, alteration, or installation of equipment that was not reviewed and approved by the department violates these rules.

            (2)  If construction on the pool shell, pool piping, or an other component associated solely with the pool, spa, or other water features begins before the plan is submitted for review and approved, the construction must cease immediately until the plans, specifications, and applicable fees provided for in these rules are submitted, the review is completed, and the project is approved.

            (3)  If construction, renovation, alteration, or installation of equipment was completed before the department was notified by the owner or license applicant of the project, the pool, spa, or other water feature may not operate and no member of the public may be allowed to use the facility until the plans, specifications, and applicable fees provided for in these rules are submitted and the project is reviewed and approved.

            (4)  If construction, renovation, alteration, or installation of equipment was completed before obtaining the required approval from the department and it is determined upon review that one or more aspect of the construction, renovation, alteration, or installation of equipment does not comply with these rules, no license will be granted for operation of the facility until the owner or license applicant takes any and all steps necessary to bring the pool, spa, or other water feature into compliance with the rules.  No member of the public may be allowed to use the pool, spa, or other water feature until the department has determined that it is in compliance with these rules and a license has been issued.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 5:  DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

 

            RULE XXIII  POOL CLASSIFICATION  (1)  Public pools and privately owned public pools or portions of such pools shall be classified and defined as follows:

            (a)  Class A, Competition Pool is any pool intended for use for accredited competitive aquatic events such as La Federation Internationale De Natation Amateur (FINA), U.S. Swimming, U.S. Diving, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Federation of State High Schools Associations (NFSHSA), etc.  The use of the pool is not limited to competitive events.

            (b)  Class B, Public Pool is any pool intended for public recreational use.

            (c)  Class C, Semi-Public Pool is any pool operated solely for, and in conjunction with, lodgings such as hotels and motels.

            (d)  Class D, Other Pool is any pool operated for medical treatment, therapy, exercise, lap swimming, recreational play, and other special purposes including, but not limited to, wave or surf action pools, activity pools, splasher pools, kiddie pools, and play areas.  Class D pools include the following:

            (i)  Class D-1, Wave Action Pools include any pool designed to simulate breaking or cyclic waves for purposes of general play or surfing;

            (ii)  Class D-2, Activity Pools are those pools designed for casual water play ranging from simple splashing activity to the use of attractions placed in the pool for recreation;

            (iii)  Class D-3, Catch Pools are bodies of water located at the termination of a manufactured water slide attraction provided for the purpose of terminating the slide action and providing a means for exit to a deck or walkway area;

            (iv)  Class D-4, Leisure Rivers are manufactured streams of near-constant depth in which the water is moved by pumps or other means of propulsion to provide a river-like flow that transports bathers over a defined path that may include water features and play devices;

            (v)  Class D-5, Vortex Pools are circulation pools equipped with a method of transporting water in the pool for the purpose of propelling riders at speeds dictated by the velocity of the moving stream;

            (vi)  Class D-6, Sand Bottom Pools are pools that use sand as an interior floor finish over an impervious surface and are equipped to treat and filter the water in the sand areas to maintain a healthful sand condition;

            (vii)  Class D-7, Interactive Play Attractions are manufactured devices using sprayed, jetted, or other water sources contacting the bathers and do not incorporate standing or captured water as part of the bather activity area;

            (viii)  Class D-8, Amusement Park Attractions are manufactured features designed for bather interaction or incidental contact with static, splashing, or flowing water; and

            (ix)  Class D public pools may be diving or nondiving.  If diving, they shall be further classified into types as an indication of the suitability of a pool for use with diving equipment.

            (e)  Class E pools may be used for instruction, play, or therapy, and with temperatures above 86F.

            (f)  Type VI-IX Public pools as defined in Table 3, [RULE LV] are suitable for the installation of diving equipment by type.

            (g)  Type N is a nondiving public pool.  (No diving allowed.)

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXIV  LOCATION OF SWIMMING POOL, SPA, AND OTHER WATER FEATURES  (1)  Outdoor swimming pools, spas, and other water features must be located where they will not be exposed to excessive dust or other materials which would be detrimental to human health or hazardous to the operation or use of the pool or spa.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXV  MATERIALS  (1)  Pools, spas, and other water features shall be constructed of concrete, steel, or other approved materials which are inert, stable, nontoxic, watertight, and enduring.

            (2)  Nontempered window glass is prohibited in the entrance of any pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (3)  No wooden spa units are permitted.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXVI  SURFACES  (1)  The inside surface of the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be constructed of materials that are:

            (a)  nontoxic to humans and the environment;

            (b)  that are impervious and enduring; and

            (c)  that will provide a smooth and easily cleaned surface without cracks or open joints (excluding structural joints). 

            (2)  The surfaces within the pool, spa, or other water feature intended to provide footing for users shall have a slip-resistant surface and shall not cause injury to feet during normal use.  The slant of the floor surface shall facilitate cleaning and the movement of bottom deposits to main drains.

            (3)  The colors, patterns, or finishes of the pool, spa, or other water feature interior shall not obscure objects or surfaces within the pool.  The walls and floor shall be white or light pastel in color.  In pools that are used competitively, the walls and floor shall be white, except for race lane lines and required accent colors.

            (4)  Earth floors are not permitted for pools, spas, or other water features.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XXVII  SHAPE  (1)  The shape of any pool, spa, or other water feature must be such that the circulation of the water and supervision of swimmers is not impaired.

(a)  The shape must not impair adequate supervision of bathers.

(b)  The shape must not impair the circulation system's ability to maintain sufficient circulation to meet turnover requirements to ensure proper sanitation.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXVIII  SLOPE  (1)  Swimming pool floor slope shall not exceed one foot vertical drop for every 12 feet, as measured horizontally in the shallow areas, and one foot vertical to three feet horizontal, as measured in the deep area.  These slopes shall be uniform except at the transition point from shallow to deep areas (five foot depth).  All pool floors shall be sloped to the main drain.

            (2)  Swimming pool walls shall be vertical for a water depth of at least two feet, nine inches with a slope no greater than 11 from vertical, as shown in Figure 1.

            (3)  The maximum allowable wall slope for all pools except Class A pool walls where racing lanes end is 11.  Any wall section must be vertical for at least 2'9" and then it may have a radius of slope to meet the pool floor.

 

Figure 1.

 

Diagram of maximum slope on the plumb wall
 

 

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXIX  LEDGES AND BENCHES  (1)  Rest ledges provided on pool vertical walls shall be at least 48 inches below the water surface and shall have a slip-resistant surface.  The ledge shall slope one half inch in four inches toward the pool.  Ledges shall have a minimum width of four inches and a maximum width of eight inches.

            (2)  Underwater seats or benches, when provided, shall conform to the following:

            (a)  the horizontal surface shall be 20 inches maximum below the waterline;

            (b)  underwater seats and benches shall not be used as the required pool entry/exit access;

            (c)  underwater seats and benches are allowed in conjunction with pool stairs;

            (d)  the leading edge of an underwater bench or seat shall be visually set apart from the surrounding pool surfaces by either a contrasting color or other visual image; and

            (e)  the seats and benches shall have slip-resistant surfaces.

            (3)  In nonspa pools with benches, markings on the deck must be provided to indicate that there is a bench below the water surface.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXX  DRAINS AND SUCTION OUTLETS  (1)  The main drain outlets of the pool shall be plainly visible and located at the deepest portion of the pool.

            (2)  All pools, spas, and other water features constructed after [the effective date of new subchapters 1 through 22], shall have dual or multiple main drains.

            (3)  Drain covers must meet the requirements of ASME A112.19.8 (2007). 

            (4)  The suction outlet(s) including covers, fittings, and hardware shall be designed and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications to provide protection from body and hair entrapment.

            (5)  All main drains and suction outlets of any pool, spa, or other water feature must meet the requirement of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, H.R. HR6 303-309 (2007) 15 USC 8001-8005.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXI  DEPTH MARKERS  (1)  The water depth shall be plainly marked in units of feet and inches at or above the water surface on the vertical pool wall and on the edge of the deck or walk next to the pool.

            (2)  The water depth shall be marked at maximum and minimum points and at the points of break between the deep and the shallow areas.  The markings shall be paced at no more than 25 feet intervals measured peripherally.

            (3)  Depth markers shall be in numbers of at least four inches in height and in a color contrasting with the background.

            (4)  Where depth markers cannot be placed on the vertical walls above the water level, other means shall be used to plainly mark depth levels in a manner to make them plainly visible to persons in the pool.

            (5)  The depth in diving areas shall be marked.

            (6)  Lap pools shall have depth markers spaced at not more than 25 foot intervals and at each end of the pool.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXII  WATER DEPTHS IN SHALLOW END OF POOL  (1)  Minimum depth for a swimming pool shall be three feet except in specialized pools or pool entries approved by the department, which include, but are not limited to, the following types of pools or pool entries:

            (a)  wading pools;

            (b)  zero entry pools; and

            (c)  therapy pools.

            (2)  Maximum water depth at the shallow end of a swimming pool shall not exceed three feet six inches, except in special purpose swimming pools, special instructional pools or restricted or recessed areas of a pool that are separated from the shallow portion of the pool by safety lines attached to the sides of the pool and supported by buoys. 

            (3)  Such specialized pools must be approved by the department.  Such pools include but are not limited to:

            (a)  lap pools not exceeding four feet in depth at the shallow end;

            (b)  therapy pools; or

            (c)  instructional pools for scuba diving or for other specialized training.

            (4)  Use of specialized pools with shallow ends deeper than three feet, six inches, must be restricted to swimmers who have demonstrated their competency to swim in the deep end of a pool.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXIII  VENTILATION  (1)  Pools built before [the effective date of this rule] must provide air turnover that is adequate to prevent the buildup of odors, excessive condensation, and chloramines.

            (2)  Bathhouses, dressing rooms, shower rooms, and toilet rooms constructed or renovated after [the effective date] shall meet the following ventilation requirements: 

            (a)  air temperatures on indoor facilities shall be kept within a range of 1F to 3F warmer than the water temperature;

            (b)  relative humidity on indoor facilities should be kept near 50 percent;

            (c)  ventilation rates on indoor facilities should be at least eight complete air exchanges per hour;

            (d)  air supply should be 100 percent fresh air, but never less than 40 percent fresh air with the capability of bringing in 100 percent fresh air when needed during peak usage times or when attempting breakpoint chlorination; and

            (e)  ventilation in pools built after [the effective date of this rule] must meet ventilation requirements of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) or the building code in force for that location for air turnover, or the requirements listed immediately above, whichever is more stringent.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXIV  LIGHTING  (1)  All indoor pools, spas, or other public bathing places, and all outdoor pools, spas, and public bathing places operating at night shall have safe and adequate artificial lighting sufficient to meet the clarity as requirements of [RULE XCV].  Such lights shall be spaced to provide illumination so that all portions of the pool, spa, or other water feature, including the bottom, may be readily seen without glare.

            (2)  If lighting is not provided as required by this section, the facility operator shall not permit any use of the facility at any time there is insufficient light to clearly view the main drain of the pool from any location on the perimeter or deck surrounding the pool.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXV  MAXIMUM FACILITY OCCUPANCY LIMITS  (1) All spas shall have a minimum of ten square feet per person. 

            (2)  All other pools and other water features shall meet the minimum square footage for bather load as described in Table 2:

 

Table 2.  Maximum user load, pools, and other water features.

 

Pool/Deck area

Shallow instructional or wading areas

Deep area (not including the diving area)

Diving area (per each diving board)

Pools with minimum deck area required elsewhere in this chapter

15 sq. ft. per user

20 sq. ft. per user

300 sq. ft.

Pools with deck area at least equal to water surface area

12 sq. ft. per user

15 sq. ft. per user

300 sq. ft.

Pools with deck area at least twice the water surface area

8 sq. ft. per user

10 sq. ft. per user

300 sq. ft.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXVI  DECK AREAS  (1)  All swimming pools constructed after the [the effective date of this rule] or operated by a municipality shall have a deck  surrounding it that is a minimum width of six feet of unobstructed deck area as measured from the pool edge.

            (2)  All privately owned public swimming pools constructed prior to [the effective date of this rule] must be surrounded by a deck that has a minimum width of four feet of unobstructed deck area as measured from the pool edge.

            (3)  All spa decks shall be a minimum of four feet wide and shall extend around at least 50 percent of the unit perimeter.

            (4)  Decks surrounding other water features shall be appropriate to the use intended but shall, at a minimum, provide adequate space for emergency assistance.

            (5)  Deck areas are not required in vanishing edge pools at the overflow area. No pool or other water feature may have a vanishing edge that is more than 25 percent of the pool perimeter.

            (6)  Any waterfall or other feature that may obstruct a deck shall be reviewed, on a case-by-case basis, to determine whether the deck still meets minimum requirements.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXVII  DECK SURFACES  (1)  All deck surfaces must be impervious, slip resistant, and easily cleanable and must entirely surround any swimming pool, or other water feature.  Spa decks must be impervious, slip resistant, and easily cleanable and must extend around at least 50 percent of the spa perimeter.

            (2)  The use of wood deck material around a swimming pool or spa is prohibited.

            (3)  The use of deck carpet is not permitted within six feet of the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (4)  If deck carpet is used, it must be clean and be maintained in good repair.

            (5)  Where deck carpet is used, the deck must slant away from the carpet.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXVIII  DECK DRAINS  (1)  The entire deck area shall have a slope of not less than one quarter inch per foot and not more than one half inch per foot directed away from the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature edge.  Decks shall be sloped to effectively drain either to perimeter areas or to deck drains.  The drainage shall be designed to remove splash water, deck cleaning water, and rain water to the waste water disposal system without leaving standing water.

            (2)  Deck drains shall be provided on all indoor pools and spas and shall be located so that no deck drain services more than 400 square feet of the deck.

            (3)  Outdoor pools shall utilize either deck or perimeter drain systems.

            (4)  The deck area drains shall not be connected to the recirculating piping system.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XXXIX  HOSE CONNECTIONS  (1)  Hose connections equipped with vacuum breakers shall be installed at intervals that enable all parts of any swimming pool or spa area to be reached with a hose no longer than 50 feet.

            (2)  The water volume and water pressure for hose connections must be sufficient to provide effective cleaning.

            (3)  Care must be taken so the deck wash material and debris is not washed into the pool, spa, or other water feature. 

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XL  WATER SUPPLY  (1)  The department hereby adopts and incorporates by reference ARM 17.38.207, stating maximum microbiological contaminant levels for public water supplies, and the following Department of Environmental Quality publications setting construction, operation, and maintenance standards for springs, wells, and cisterns, respectively:

(a)  Circular #11, "Springs";

(b)  Circular #84-11, "Minimum Design Standards for Small Water Systems"; and

(c)  Circular #17, "Cisterns for Water Supplies".  Copies of ARM 17.38.207 and Circulars #11, #84-11, and #17 may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Health Policy and Services Division, Food and Consumer Safety Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana  59620-2951.

(2)  In order to ensure an adequate and potable supply of water, a pool, spa, or other water feature must either:

(a)  connect to a water supply system meeting the requirements of ARM Title 17, chapter 38, subchapters 1, 2, and 5; or

(b)  if the pool, spa, or other water feature is not utilized for more than 25 persons daily at least 60 days out of the calendar year, including guests, staff, and residents; and an adequate public water supply system is not accessible; utilize a nonpublic system:

(i)  whose construction and use meet these standards set in Department of Environmental Quality Circular #84-11; or

(ii)  if construction of the establishment was commenced on or after June 28, 1985, which is designed by an engineer registered in Montana and determined by the department or the local health authority to provide assurance of an adequate and potable water supply equivalent to that in Circular #84-11; or

(iii)  if construction of the establishment was commenced prior to June 28, 1985, and utilizes a spring or cistern, which is operated and maintained in accordance with the standards set in either Department of Environmental Quality Circular #11 (for a spring) or Circular #17 (for a cistern), whichever is applicable.

(3)  If a nonpublic water supply system is used in accordance with (2)(b), an establishment must submit a water sample at least quarterly to a laboratory licensed by the department to perform microbiological analysis of public water supplies in order to determine that the water does not exceed the maximum microbiological contaminant levels stated in ARM 17.38.207, incorporated by reference in (1).

(4)  An establishment must replace or repair the water supply system serving it whenever the water supply:

(a)  contains microbiological contaminants in excess of the maximum levels contained in ARM 17.38.207, as incorporated by reference in (1); or

(b)  does not have the capacity to provide water adequate to meet the circulation requirements for sanitization of the water used in the pool, spa, or other water feature and with sufficient additional quantity for drinking, showering, other personal hygiene, laundry, and water-carried waste disposal.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XLI  SEWAGE SYSTEM AND SOLID WASTE  (1)  An adequate and safe wastewater system must be provided for conveying, treating, and disposing of all sewage.  Immediate measures must be taken to alleviate health and sanitation hazards caused by wastewater at any facility operating a pool, spa, or other water feature.

(2)  All sewage, including liquid waste, must be disposed of by a public sewage system approved by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality or by a sewage treatment and disposal system constructed and operated in accordance to applicable state and local laws.  Nonwater-carried sewage disposal facilities are prohibited.

(3)  A wastewater system has failed and requires replacement or repair if any of the following conditions occur:

(a)  the system fails to accept, treat, or dispose of wastewater as designed;

(b)  effluent from the wastewater system contaminates a potable water supply or state waters; or

(c)  the wastewater system is subjected to mechanical failure, including electrical outage, or collapse or breakage of a septic tank, lead line, or drainfield line.

(4)  Extension, alteration, replacement, or repair of any wastewater system must be done in accordance with all applicable state and local laws.

(5)  Mop water or soiled cleaning water may not be disposed of in any sink other than a mop or utility sink or a toilet.

(6)  Solid waste must be collected, stored, and disposed of in a manner that does not create a sanitary nuisance and meets the requirements of ARM 37.112.137 for disposal of infectious waste.  Solid waste must be removed from the premises at least weekly to a licensed solid waste disposal facility.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 6:  BARRIERS

 

            RULE XLII  BARRIERS:  GENERAL REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Barriers shall be provided to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to public swimming pools, spas, and other water features and related facilities, except natural bodies of water.

            (2)  A barrier of durable material shall be provided outside the minimum required deck area of all outdoor public swimming pools, spas, and other water features.  The barrier must separate the public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature from all other areas and/or structures. 

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XLIII  BARRIERS FOR OUTDOOR POOLS AND WATER FEATURES OTHER THAN SPLASH DECKS  (1)  Barriers for outdoor pools, spas, or other water features, excluding splash decks shall be:

            (a)  at least 60 inches in height; and

            (b)  constructed so that all gates or doors in the barrier open out from the pool and are equipped with self-closing doors or gates with self-latching closure mechanisms and locking mechanisms at a height of at least 54 inches above the ground or three inches below the top of the gate on the side facing the pool.

            (2)  All entries must be equipped so that they can be locked at all times when supervision is not provided at the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature to prevent unauthorized swimmers from using the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (3)  Lifeguarded pools are not required to have a self-closing, self-latching gate during the period a pool is in use; however, facility gates must be closed and locked during nonuse periods.

            (4)  One barrier may surround multiple pools, spas, or water features at one outdoor facility, except that a barrier four feet in height must be provided to separate a wading pool or splash deck from other pools.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XLIV BARRIERS FOR SPLASH DECKS  (1)  Splash decks and interactive play attractions built after the [effective date of this rule] must have a barrier that is at least 60 inches high around the deck.  Splash decks built before [the effective date of this rule] must install a barrier meeting this requirement by March 1, 2010.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XLV  BARRIERS FOR INDOOR POOLS  (1)  All entries to any indoor public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature must be equipped so that they can be locked at all times when there is no supervision of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, to prevent unauthorized bathers from using the facilities.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE XLVI  DEADLINE FOR RETROFITTING BARRIERS IN EXISTING FACILITIES  (1)  Existing public swimming pools, spas, and other water features must install barriers that meet the requirements of these rules on or before January 1, 2010.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 7:  STEPS, LADDERS, TREADS, HANDHOLDS, AND HANDRAILS

 

            RULE XLVII  ENTRIES AND PLACEMENT OF STEPS AND LADDERS 

(1)  Sloping entries used as a pool entrance shall not exceed a one foot in 12 feet ratio slope.  Sloping entry surfaces shall be of slip-resistant materials.

(2)  Where the distance from the pool or spa floor to the top of the wall is 24 inches or less, such areas shall be considered as providing their own natural mode for entry and exit.

(3)  Steps or ladders shall be provided at the shallow end of the swimming pool if the vertical distance from the bottom of the pool to the deck or walk is over two feet.

(4)  Recessed steps or ladders shall be provided at the deep portion of the swimming pool and if the pool is over 30 feet wide such steps or ladders shall be installed on each side of the deep end of the pool.

(5)  All steps and ladders shall be located outside the minimum diving water envelope.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XLVIII  LADDER SPECIFICATIONS  (1)  All portions of any ladder, including the steps, treads, and handholds, must be constructed of materials that are resistant to corrosion and the materials must be easily cleanable.

(2)  Ladder steps must be sloped to drain.

(3)  All ladder steps and treads shall have a slip-resistant surface.

(4)  There shall be a uniform distance between ladder treads, with a seven inch minimum width.  Except for the bottom riser, all ladder step risers at the centerline shall have a maximum uniform height of 12 inches.

(5)  Ladder treads shall have a minimum horizontal uniform depth of two inches.

(6)  All ladders shall be designed to provide two handholds and shall be securely attached to the side of the pool or spa.  There shall be a clearance of three inches minimum and five inches maximum between the pool wall and the ladder.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XLIX  STAIR SPECIFICATIONS  (1)  All steps shall be easily cleanable, impervious, and corrosion resistant.

(2)  All steps shall be sloped to drain.

(3)  All stairs shall have slip-resistant treads.

(4)  The leading edge of all stairs shall be distinguished by a color contrasting with the color of the steps and pool floor.  The contrasting accent must be at least one inch wide and must extend across the entire width of the stair.

(5)  Stair treads shall have a minimum unobstructed horizontal width of ten inches.

(6)  There shall be a uniform distance between stair steps with a seven inch minimum distance.  Except for the bottom stair step, all step risers at the center line shall have a maximum uniform height of 12 inches.  The bottom riser height shall be allowed to vary from the other risers as may be required to meet the floor, but shall not exceed 12 inches in height.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE L  RECESSED TREADS  (1)  The design and construction of recessed treads in the pool wall shall conform to the following requirements:

(a)  All recessed treads shall have slip-resistant surfaces;

(b)  Recessed treads shall have a uniform vertical spacing of seven inches minimum to nine inches maximum;

(c)  Recessed treads shall have a depth of five inches minimum and a width of 12 inches minimum;

(d)  Recessed treads shall be provided with a handrail on each side of the treads; and

(e)  Recessed treads shall drain into the pool.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LI  HANDHOLDS  (1)  Every pool shall be provided with handholds around the entire perimeter of the pool.

(2)  Coping, perimeter overflow system, or decking along the immediate top edge of the pool must not be more than 12 inches above the waterline.

(3)  The handholds must have rounded, slip-resistant edges and must not exceed four inches in thickness.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LII  HANDRAILS  (1)  When ladders, stairs, or recessed treads are provided to assist in entering or exiting a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, handrails are required.

(2)  Handrails must extend from the bottom of the last step leading into the pool, spa, or other water feature over the coping to the edge of the deck.

(3)  Handrails shall be made of corrosion resistant materials and must be securely attached.

(4)  The leading edge of a handrail that facilitates pool exit on stairs shall not be more than 18 inches back from the vertical face of the bottom riser.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 8:  DIVING BOARDS

 

            RULE LIII  DIVING BOARDS - GENERALLY  (1)  Diving equipment shall be installed to conform with the manufacturer's specifications.

            (2)  Existing diving boards may not be used unless they meet manufacturer's specifications.

            (3)  New diving boards must meet the requirements of these rules when installed.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LIV  DIVING BOARDS - SPECIFICATIONS  (1)  Supports, platforms, and steps for diving boards shall be of sufficient structural strength to safely carry the maximum anticipated loads.

(2)  Steps shall be of corrosive-resistant material which is easily cleanable and they shall have slip-resistant tread surfaces.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE LV  DIVING BOARDS - MINIMUM WATER DEPTHS AND MINIMUM DIVING ENVELOPE REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Swimming pools having diving equipment shall be designed to comply with the design requirements of Figure 2 and to provide at least the minimum water depth required in Table 3.

 

Figure 2.

 

Diagram of Minimum Water Depths and Minimum Diving Envelope Requirements

 

 

Table 3.

 

Pool Type

Minimum Dimensions

Minimum width of pool at:

D1

D2

R

L1

L2

L3

L4

L5

Pt.A

Pt.B

Pt.C

VI

7'-0"

8'-6"

5'6"

2'-6"

8'-0"

10'-6"

7'-0"

28'-0"

16'-0"

18'-0"

18'-0"

VII

7'-6"

9'-0"

6'-0"

3'-0"

9'-0"

12'-0"

4'-0"

28'-0"

18'-0"

20'-0"

20'-0"

VIII

8'-6"

10'-0"

7'-0"

4'-0"

10'-0"

15'-0"

2'-0"

31'-0"

20'-0"

22'-0"

22'-0"

IX

11'0"

12'-0"

8'-6"

6'-0"

10'-6"

21'-0"

0

37'-6"

22'-0"

24'-0"

24'-0"

NOTE:  For definition of pool types see definitions in [RULE XXIII]

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE LVI  DIVING BOARDS - MAXIMUM LENGTH OF DIVING BOARDS AND MAXIMUM HEIGHT ABOVE WATER  (1)  A diving board may not be installed or utilized if it exceeds the maximum allowable length for diving boards or the maximum board height over the water set out in Table 4.

 

Table 4.

 

Related Diving Equipment - Pool Type

Maximum Diving Board Length

Maximum Board Height Over Water

Type VI

10'

26" or 2/3 meter

Type VII

12'

30" or 3/4 meter

Type VIII

16'

1 meter

Type IX

16'

3 meter

NOTE:  For definition of pool types see definitions in [RULE XXIII]

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE LVII  DIVING BOARD INSTALLATION  (1)  Diving boards must be installed so that they comply with the following requirements:

            (a)  There shall be an unobstructed clear vertical distance of 13 feet above any diving board measured from the center of the front end of the board.  This area shall extend horizontally at least eight feet behind, eight feet to each side; and 16 feet forward from the horizontal location to the tip of the diving equipment;

            (b)  a horizontal separation of ten feet shall be provided between adjacent diving boards, except that this may be reduced to eight feet for surface boards that are installed lower than one-half meter high;

            (c)  a low diving board shall not be located below a high diving board; and

            (d)  the board shall be installed so that its overhang of the pool wall complies with the manufacturer's recommendations.

            (2)  Handrails shall be provided at all steps and ladders leading to diving boards.

            (3)  Diving boards or platforms more than one meter high shall be protected with guardrails.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 9:  POOL FACILITIES

 

RULE LVIII  DRESSING ROOMS, TOILETS, AND SHOWER AREAS 

(1)  The requirements set forth in this subchapter apply to all public pools, spas, and other bathing places, including those privately owned public facilities where nonmembers or nonlodging guests are allowed to use the facility.

(2)  With the exception of existing Class B pools operated in conjunction with lodging and open only to guests of the motel or hotel, every Class A, Class B, and Class C pool shall be equipped with dressing rooms that are located adjacent to the locker room or the showering areas.

(3)  At a minimum, one dressing room for males and one dressing room for females shall be provided.

(4)  The ceilings, walls, and floors of dressing rooms, toilet, and shower areas shall be constructed of smooth, impervious, easily cleanable material, not adversely affected by steam, water, or disinfectant.

(5)  The floors shall be smooth, nonslip to bare feet, shall have no open cracks or joints, and shall have a minimum slope of 1/4 inch per foot toward the drains with no low spots which will allow water to stand.

(6)  Deck carpet is not permitted within six feet of shower areas or in hallways in or leading to dressing rooms which will normally be traveled by individuals wearing shoes.

(7)  Any pool with a bather load less than 250 shall provide two screened changing areas in each dressing room.  Any pool with a bather load greater than 250 shall provide an additional screened changing area for each additional 200 bathers.

(8)  Partitions for screened changing areas and toilets shall have a minimum clearance of six inches above the floor.

(9)  Dressing rooms, toilet, and shower areas shall be lighted so that all parts are easily visible for cleaning and maintenance.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LIX  NUMBER OF FIXTURES REQUIRED  (1)  In facilities built or extensively remodeled after [the effective date of new subchapters 1 through 22], showers, toilets, urinals, and hand washing facilities shall, at a minimum, meet the number required by Table 5.

 

Table 5, Fixture Ratio Required.

 

 

First 1500 Males

First 1500 Females

Additional Males Over 1500

Additional Females over 1500

Toilets (water closet)

1:75 for first 1500

1:40

1:120

1:60

Hand sinks

1:200

1:150

1:200

1:150

Showers

1:50

1:50

1:50

1:50

 

(2)  A facility may substitute urinals for up to 50 percent of the toilets in the men's room.

(3)  All fixtures shall be properly protected as required by the appropriate plumbing code.

(4)  All fixtures must be so designed that they may be readily cleaned, disinfected, and maintained.

(5)  Hand washing facilities must provide liquid, foam, or powdered soap and either disposable towels with adjacent waste receptacles or hand blowers.

(6)  One drinking fountain is required for every 1000 bathers.

(7)  A service sink is required for each facility.  It shall be located somewhere other than the dressing rooms.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LX  SHOWERS  (1)  Separate shower facilities shall be provided in the dressing rooms, and shall be located so that bathers must pass from the shower room directly into the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature area.

(2)  All showers must be equipped with a mixing valve.

(3)  Liquid, foam, or powdered soap shall be provided for each shower unit.

(4)  Where shower booths are provided, the booth partitions shall be of a material which will not be damaged by shower water and shall have a minimum clearance of six inches above the floor.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXI  BABY CHANGING TABLES  (1)  All pool dressing rooms must provide at least one baby changing table with an adjacent waste receptacle with lid and hand sanitizing available to clean the changing table.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXII  CLASS C POOLS  (1)  Existing Class C pools are not required to provide dressing rooms and bathrooms adjacent to the pool.  New Class C pools must provide at least one unisex bathroom with a toilet, a hand sink, and a changing table.  The Class C pool must also provide a shower.  The shower may be located in the public area of the pool facility.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 10:  CIRCULATION SYSTEMS

 

RULE LXIII  RECIRCULATION SYSTEMS  (1)  A circulation system consists of pumps, piping, return inlets, suction outlets, filters, disinfection equipment, and other equipment that may be attached to the circulation system shall be provided for complete circulation and treatment of water for all public swimming pools, including spas and other water features.

(2)  In this rule, the terms "circulation" and "recirculation" can be used interchangeably.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXIV  TURNOVER RATES  (1)  Pools, spas, and other water features constructed or modified after [effective date] must have a circulation system that is capable of producing a recirculation turnover rate for the entire volume of water within the time period specified in Table 6 for the specific pools, spas, or other water features listed. 

(2)  Existing pools, spas, or other water features that have not lost their grandfather status under [RULE CXLIX] must continue to meet the minimum turnover rates approved at the time of initial licensing.

            (3)  Table 6.

 

Pool or Other Water Feature Type

Required Minimum turnover Rate (Hours)

Wave Pool

2

Activity Pool -less than 24 inches in depth

1

Activity Pool -24 inches or greater in depth

2

Catch Pool (for slides and flumes)

1

Lazy River

2

Vortex Pool

1

Interactive Play Attractions

1

Swimming Pool - volume of 30,000 gal or less

4

Swimming Pool - volume of more than 30,000 gal

6

Wading Pool

30 minutes

Flow through Hot Springs

8

Spa

30 minutes

Hydrotherapy Pool

1 hour or less if pool is less than 1,000 gallons or 2 hours or less if pool is 1,000 gallons or more

Spray pools, splash decks (no standing water)

30 minutes

 

(4)  The system shall be designed to meet the required turnover rate when operated in accordance with the manufacturer's recommended maximum pressure and flow with the filter in a clean media condition.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXV  OPERATION OF CIRCULATION SYSTEM  (1)  The circulation system shall be operated in a manner that creates a pattern of recirculation that uses at least 70 percent return water from the skimmers or gutters and the remainder from the main drain.  The main drain percentage may be increased during nonoperational hours to assist in debris removal.

(2)  The recirculation system must be operated 24 hours a day.  If the system is shut down for periodic maintenance and repair, no person, including any employee of the facility, may be allowed to use the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

(3)  No more than two spa units may use one recirculation system and no spa may utilize the recirculation or disinfection system of a swimming pool or other water feature.  Wading pools and spas constructed after [the effective date of this rule] must have their own recirculation system separate from any other pool or spa.

(4)  A surface skimming system such as the overflow gutters or skimmers described in [RULES LXIX and LXX] shall be provided for each pool, spa, or other water feature.

(5)  The direction of recirculation shall be counterclockwise unless manufacturer specifications require a clockwise flow.

(6)  The water velocity in the recirculation system piping shall not exceed:

(a)  ten feet per second for discharge piping, except for copper pipe where the velocity shall not exceed six feet per second;

(b)  six feet per second for suction piping; or

(c)  one and one half feet per second through suction grates. 

(7)  Recirculation system inlets and outlets shall be installed in a location that will produce uniform circulation of water and which will maintain even distribution of sanitizer residual throughout the pool, spa, or other water feature.  Inlets and outlets shall be designed and installed so that they do not constitute a hazard to the user.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXVI  PUMPS  (1)  Any pool, spa, or other water feature constructed or significantly modified after [the effective date] must use a centrifugal pump for water circulation.  The pump shall be capable of providing the flow required for filtering the water against the total dynamic head developed by the complete recirculation system.

(2)  The pump shall not be operated if any main drain grate plate or other suction cover or vacuum outlet cover is missing, broken, or loose.  If such an event should occur, the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be shut down immediately and must remain closed until a proper repair or replacement has been accomplished.

(3)  A cleanable strainer or screen shall be provided on all pressure filter systems upstream of all recirculation pumps to remove solids, debris, hair, lint, and other such matter.  The strainer shall be constructed of noncorrosive material and shall be located so as to be easily accessible for regular cleaning.  Strainers are not required in systems that use vacuum diatomaceous earth filters. 

(4)  Pumps located below the waterline shall have valves installed on suction and discharge lines.  The valves shall be located in a readily accessible place, to allow regular maintenance and to allow easy removal of the pumps.  Pumps not located below the waterline shall be self-priming.

(5)  All pumps shall comply with ANSI/NSF 50-2008.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXVII  INLETS  (1)  Inlets are features of the pool, spa, or other water feature which return water to the pool or spa from the filters as a part of the recirculation system.  Inlets shall be submerged, and located to:

(a)  produce uniform circulation of water throughout the swimming pool with no dead spots; and

(b)  carry pool bottom debris to the outlets.

(2)  A pool, spa, or other water feature shall have a minimum of two return inlets regardless of the size of the pool, spa, or other water feature.  A third inlet is required for any pool, spa, or other water feature with 900 square feet or more of surface area.  An additional return inlet is required for each additional 300 square feet of surface area or fraction thereof.

(3)  Sufficient numbers of inlets shall be provided and properly spaced and located to allow complete and uniform recirculation of water and to maintain uniform sanitizer residual at all times.

(a)  If wall inlets are used, the distance between adjacent inlets must not exceed 15 feet.

(b)  If floor inlets are used, they shall be placed at no more than 15 foot intervals and the distance from these inlets to the wall shall not exceed 15 feet.

(4)  Any pool having a width greater than 40 feet must have floor inlets meeting the requirements of (3)(b) or a combination of wall and floor units meeting the requirements of this rule.

(5)  All inlets shall discharge at the depth designed by the manufacturer.

(6)  All inlets must be located at least five feet from any skimmer.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXVIII  OUTLETS  (1)  A circulation system must include one or more outlets, or suction outlets to conduct water to a recirculation pump and to serve as a drain when needed.

(2)  All pools, spas, and other water features must have main drain outlets at the deepest point to permit the water to be completely and easily removed. 

(3)  The grated areas of any outlet shall be of sufficient size to decrease the possibility of clogging or creating suction hazards dangerous to the safety of the bathers.

(4)  All pools, spas, or other water features must have dual main drains or must use other equivalent drain methods that conform to ANSI/APSP 7-2006 and ASME A112.19.8-2007 standards to prevent sufficient suction from building up to create an entrapment hazard.

(5)  A minimum of two hydraulically balanced suction outlets per pump suction line are required except as described in (6) and must meet the following criteria:

(a)  the outlets shall be spaced not more than 20 feet apart, not less than three feet apart, and not more than 15 feet from side walls;

(b)  there must be an inlet within five feet of any corner in the pool;

(c)  when dual suction outlets are used, no piping or valve arrangement is permitted that will isolate one suction fitting as the sole source of fluid to the pump.  However, once the water from multiple outlets flows into a single pipe that loads to a pump suction inlet, the single pipe may be valved off to shut off the flow to the pump;

(d)  each suction outlet shall be capable of handling 100 percent of the flow without creating a suction hazard;

(e)  each suction outlet, other than skimmers, that measures less than 18 inches by 24 inches or a diagonal of less than 29 inches shall be provided with a cover that has been tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory and complies with ASME A112.19.8-2007; and

(f)  the maximum openings of the main drain cover must not exceed one half inch.

(6)  A single outlet shall be permitted only where the outlet's dimensions are at least 18 inches by 24 inches or a diagonal of at least 29 inches or it otherwise meet the requirement of ANSI/APSP-7 2006 or the federal pool/spa safety Act of 2007.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXIX  OVERFLOW GUTTERS  (1)  Overflow gutters are a type of surface skimming system.  Overflow gutters shall be provided on all pools having a surface area over 1600 square feet unless the license applicant can demonstrate that use of more skimmers than minimally required will provide sufficient recirculation to meet or exceed required turnover rates. 

(2)  Pools having a surface area less than 1600 square feet may use either overflow gutters or skimmers.

(3)  Overflow gutters shall extend around the entire perimeter of the pool, except at steps or recessed ladders.

(4)  The hydraulic capacity of the overflow gutter shall be capable of handling 100 percent of the recirculation flow.

(5)  Where large or surge gutters are used they shall be designed to prevent entrance or entrapment of a bather's arms or legs.

(6)  The overflow gutter edge or lip shall also be designed to serve as a handhold.

(7)  The water level in the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be maintained at a level one-quarter inch above the overflow gutter or as designed by the manufacturer.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXX  SKIMMERS  (1)  Skimmers may be used in place of overflow gutters as a means of skimming and recirculating the water.  Skimmers are permitted if at least one skimming device is provided for each 500 square feet of water surface area or fraction thereof, with a minimum of two skimmers required, except that spas or pools with less than 500 square feet of water surface and with a turnover rate that exceeds the minimum requirements under [new subchapters 1 through 22] by at least 25 percent.

(2)  Skimming devices shall be built into the wall and shall develop sufficient velocity on the water surface to induce floating oils and wastes into the skimmer from the water surface of the entire pool, spa, or other water feature.

(3)  The circulation system shall be designed to handle a minimum of 100 percent of the water turnover rate through the skimmers.

(4)  An easily removable and cleanable basket or screen through which all overflow water must pass shall be provided to trap large solids.  The skimmer shall be constructed of sturdy corrosion-resistant materials.

(5)  The water level for skimmers must be maintained at the manufacturer's recommended level, which is normally at least one half the vertical height of the skimmer.

(6)  Each skimmer shall be equipped with an equalizer line or other device to prevent airlock on the suction line should the water of the pool drop below the weir level, or the water level at the bottom of the skimmer.  Equalizer line openings at the pool wall shall be covered with a fitting to prevent entrapment in accordance with ASME A112.19.8-2007.

(7)  Skimmer covers located on a walking surface shall be securely seated, slip resistant, of sufficient strength to withstand normal deck use, and shall not constitute a tripping hazard.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXI  VACUUM EQUIPMENT  (1)  Vacuum equipment shall be provided to remove sediment and other accumulations from the bottom of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

(2)  When not in use, all vacuum fittings shall be covered with an automatic closure device that cannot be opened without a special tool.  Where a skimmer is used for vacuuming, automatic closure is not required.

(3)  A missing vacuum filtering cover is an entrapment hazard which requires the pool operator to immediately close the pool, spa, or other water feature until the cover is replaced and reinstalled.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXII  FILTRATION EQUIPMENT  (1)  Filtration equipment shall be provided on all pools, spas, and other water features and shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.  Filters shall be sized to accommodate or exceed the design flow rate of the system.

(2)  Filters shall be designed so that filtration surfaces may be easily inspected and serviced.

(3)  A flow rate indicator shall be provided and installed in a manner that shows the recirculation rate of the pool, spa, or other water features.  The indicator shall measure the rate of flow through the filtering system with an appropriate range readable in gallons per minute and that is accurate within ten percent of actual flow.

(4)  Flow meters shall be installed in a straight section of the piping.  There shall be straight pipe upstream and downstream from the location of the flow meter. The upstream pipe section must be a minimum of four pipe diameters in length.  The downstream straight pipe section must be a minimum of ten pipe diameters in length.

(5)  Filters shall comply with the requirements of ANSI/NSF 50-2008.

(a)  The maximum flow rate for different types of filters may not exceed the requirements of ANSI/NSF 50-2008.  The maximum application rate for sand filters shall not exceed 15 gallons per square foot of media, unless a higher rate is specifically approved by the manufacturer for commercial use.

(b)  Filters shall be fitted with both influent and effluent gauges.

(6)  For cartridge type filters, a minimum of three filters must be provided for each pool, spa, or other water feature:

(a)  one in use;

(b)  one which has been cleaned and is ready for use; and

(c)  one which is being cleaned.

(7)  For sand-type filters, whether of the gravity or pressure type, including high-rate filters, the filter system shall be provided with an influent pressure indicator and an effluent pressure indicator to show the condition of the filters.  The filter system shall include an air relief device at or near the high point of the filter.  A sight glass shall be provided on the back-wash discharge line.

(8)  For diatomaceous earth type filters, whether of the vacuum or pressure type:

(a)  the filter shall be designed, constructed, and operated to preclude the introduction of appreciable quantities of filter-aid into the pool, spa, or other water feature during pre-coating operations; and

(b)  the filters shall be designed and installed with adequate working space provided above and around the filter to allow the easy removal and replacement of any part and for proper maintenance.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXIII  CROSS-CONNECTIONS AND FILL LINES  (1)  No direct mechanical connection is allowed between the potable water supply and the pool, spa, or other water feature; chemical feeder equipment; or the pool, spa, or other water feature piping that would permit sewage or waste water to enter the recirculation system or that would permit water from the recirculation system, pool, spa, or other water feature to enter the make-up water supply. 

(2)  Where water from an approved water source is added to the pool, spa, or other water feature, cross connections between the public water system and water in the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be eliminated by pumping make-up water from a pump suction well or by admitting water by means of an air-gapped supply, preferably located under a low diving board.

(3)  If an over-the-rim water supply spout is used it shall be located under a diving board, adjacent to a ladder, or shall otherwise be properly shielded in order to minimize tripping hazards.  Additionally:

(a)  the open end of the spout shall have no sharp edges and shall not protrude more than two inches beyond the edge of a pool; and

(b)  the spout shall be separated from pool water by an air gap of at least six inches between the flood level of the pool and the lowest point of the spout.

(4)  No direct connections to sewers shall be permitted.  The drain system for any pool, spa, or other water feature may not be directly connected to a sewer in a manner that would permit back flow of the sewer into the pool, spa, or other water feature.

(5)  Where a surge or balancing tank is used, the point of discharge from the make-up water line into the surge or balancing tank shall be at least six inches above the rim of the tank.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXIV  PIPING SYSTEM  (1)  The piping system for any pool, spa, or other water feature shall be designed to reduce friction losses so that adequate flows are maintained in the piping system.

(2)  The piping system of the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be marked in distinguishing colors to identify filtered water, make-up water, waste water, vacuum lines, and heating lines and shall be marked to identify the direction of flow.  The color system used for distinguishing the different piping systems shall be as follows:

(a)  green pipes are designated for filtered water;

(b)  yellow pipes are designated for raw or make-up water;

(c)  black pipes are designed for waste water;

(d)  red pipes are designated for the heating line;

(e)  blue pipes are for vacuum lines; and

(f)  orange pipes are for unfiltered water.

(3)  As an alternative to color coding the piping system, labels which identify the pipe function and which show the direction of flow with arrows may be used as an acceptable pipe identification method.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXV  DISINFECTANT AND CHEMICAL FEEDERS  (1)  The swimming pool, spa, or other water feature shall be equipped with a continuous disinfectant feeder.  The water must be continuously disinfected by a chemical which distributes an easily measured, free available chlorine or bromine residual.  The water shall at all times contain sanitizer residuals as required in this rule and which are measured by industry-accepted field tests.

(2)  All proposed disinfectants must be approved by the department.  Only Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered sanitizers approved by the department shall be used.

(3)  All disinfectant equipment other than compressed chlorine gas feeders must be approved by the National Sanitation Foundation International which must certify that the equipment meets the requirements of ANSI/NSF 50-2008.  The disinfectant equipment shall be capable of introducing a sufficient quantity of EPA-approved disinfectant to maintain the required levels for disinfectant under all conditions of intended use.

(4)  Sanitizer and pH shall be monitored and controlled automatically by suitable regulators.  After [the effective date of this rule], all new pools, spas, and other water features and all existing pools, spas, and other water features that undergo major renovations shall install automatic chemical feed equipment and an Oxygen Reduction Potential ("ORP" or "HRR") controller to monitor and adjust chemical levels.  Automatic controllers shall be standardized in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. 

(5)  Chemical feeders must be capable of supplying not less than the equivalent of three pounds of chlorine for outdoor pools or one pound of chlorine for an indoor pool, per 10,000 gallons of pool, spa, or other water feature capacity during a 24-hour period.

(6)  Skimmer baskets shall not be used as chemical feeders. 

(7)  A change in the method or type of disinfection used must be approved in writing by the department before it is implemented.

(8)  The water must be continuously disinfected by a chemical which imparts an easily measured, free available residual effect.  The water shall contain sanitizer residuals as required in these rules at all times and they must be measured by industry-accepted field tests.  Only EPA-registered sanitizers approved by the department shall be used.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXVI  HAND DOSING OF DISINFECTANT NOT PERMITTED

(1)  The hand dosing of disinfectant or the introduction of disinfectant at a pool, spa, or other water feature by means other than through a chemical feeder which has been NSF approved is not permitted except for superchlorination or for bringing the residual of the disinfectant up to required levels when the facility is closed.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXVII  SALT GENERATORS  (1)  When salt generators are used for producing chlorine for pools, spas, or other water features, they must be capable of providing adequate chlorine for anticipated or actual heavy use periods.  If salt generators can not consistently produce adequate chlorine, then a backup chlorine system must be installed and used. 

(2)  Salt generators shall not be used for spas, splash decks, catch pools for slides or flumes, wading pools, or other water features that may experience heavy use. 

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXVIII  EQUIPMENT ROOM  (1)  The equipment room shall be so located that it cannot be entered directly from the shower rooms.  If entry is gained from the deck area of the pool, spa, or other water feature, the equipment room must be kept secure at all times.

(2)  The equipment room shall have a floor drain.

(3)  The floor shall have a minimum slope of one-quarter inch per foot toward the drains with no low spots which would allow the water to stand.

(4)  The recirculation equipment shall be located for convenient inspection and servicing.  Adequate headroom shall be provided above pressure filters to allow easy observation and reading of gauges.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 11:  FACILITY OPERATIONS

 

RULE LXXIX  OPERATOR QUALIFICATIONS  (1)  The licensee of the pool, spa, or other water feature shall ensure adequate numbers of personnel are trained and knowledgeable in water testing, operating the water treatment equipment, and that sufficient numbers of trained personnel are available whenever the facility is open for use.

(2)  The licensee of any public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature shall employ at least one staff member who is currently certified as a Certified Pool Operator (CPO), as an Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), or who has equivalent current certification approved by the department.  The certified operator for the facility shall be at the facility or available to be called to the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature whenever it is open.

(a)  In remote locations, the department may approve having one certified operator oversee more than one pool, spa, or other water feature, if that person is not responsible for more than three pools, spas, or other water features located on physically separate properties.

(b)  Each municipally-owned swimming pool, spa, or other water feature must have its own certified operator with the following exceptions: 

(i)  municipally-owned or operated pools may have one certified operator responsible for all wading pools located throughout the municipality; or

(ii)  one certified operator may be responsible for multiple water features if they are located on one contiguous property.

(3)  Certified operators must complete any continuing education or training required by the entity that certified them.

(4)  Current licensees of swimming pools, spas, or other water features must meet the requirements of this rule no later than January 1, 2011.

(5)  New pools, spas, or other water features opened after [the effective date of this rule] must meet this requirement in order to operate.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXX  RECORD KEEPING  (1)  The facility shall maintain accurate records concerning the daily operations of all swimming pools, spas, or other water features at the facility. 

(2)  Records shall be maintained on forms approved by the department. 

(3)  The facility shall maintain daily records on the following water tests:

(a)  disinfectant residual;

(b)  combined chlorine concentration;

(c)  pH;

(d)  water temperature (spas and hot spring pools only);

(e)  maintenance information;

(f)  bather loads; and

(g)  clarity readings.

(4)  The facility shall maintain records of weekly readings of the following:

(a)  the cyanuric acid concentration;

(b)  alkalinity;

(c)  calcium concentration; and

(d)  saturation index calculations.

(5)  The facility shall maintain records on all of the following:

(a)  serious injury accident reports;

(b)  incident reports for incidents not requiring medical attention; and

(c)  fecal and vomit accidents.

(6)  The pool operator shall post the facility's license and all applicable operators' licenses.  Copies of all other required certifications must be available whenever the pool, spa, or other water feature is open upon request of the department or any member of the public.  This includes life guard certifications and first aid, AED, and CPR certifications. 

(7)  The pool, spa, or other water feature licensee, owner, or operator shall obtain and retain a copy of all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each chemical used in the facility.  The facility shall maintain records which document that each person that works with a specific chemical has read the relevant MSDS sheet.

(8)  All records must be kept on file and in a readily accessible location for a minimum of 36 months for review by the department, except that accident and incident reports must be maintained at the facility for 60 months. 

(9)  The operator of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature must furnish copies of any or all records to the department upon request.

(10)  A copy of these rules must be maintained at the facility premises.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 12:  SAFETY MEASURES FOR CHLORINE GAS AND CARBON DIOXIDE

 

RULE LXXXI  CHLORINE GAS STORAGE AND OPERATIONS  (1)  Gas chlorine may be used as a disinfectant only when the pump is operated and vacuumed with a booster pump.

(2)  When compressed chlorine gas is used, whether by an existing pool or spa or on a pool, spa, or other water feature constructed after [the effective date], the provisions of (3) through (6) must also be complied with.

(3)  The chlorine and chlorinating equipment shall be in a separate, locked, well-ventilated room.  Such rooms shall not be below ground level and shall provide positive air pressure with vents near the floor which terminate out-of-doors.  The door of the room shall not be open to the swimming pool, but shall open to the outside.

(4)  Chlorine cylinders, whether full or empty, shall be anchored to prevent them from falling over.  A valve stem wrench shall be present on the chlorine cylinder so that the chlorine supply can be shut off quickly in case of an emergency. A valve protection hood shall be kept in place except when the cylinder is connected.

(5)  The chlorine feeding device shall be designed so that in the event of accidents or during interruption of the water supply any leaking chlorine gas will be conducted to the outdoors.

(6)  Chemicals must be stored in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXII  CHLORINE GAS SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING

(1)  A gas mask designed for use in a chlorine atmosphere and of a type approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) or the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shall be provided at any pool, spa, or other water feature that uses or stores chlorine gas.  In addition, replacement canisters shall be provided and a record shall be kept of gas mask usage to ensure that the mask will be serviceable when needed.  The gas mask shall be kept in a closed cabinet, accessible without a key, located outside of the room in which the chlorinator is maintained.

(2)  Chlorination equipment shall be installed and operated by and under the supervision of personnel experienced with installation and operation of such equipment.

(3)  All users of chlorine gas shall purchase at least one copy of each available safety pamphlet related to chlorine safety produced by the Chlorine Institute, Inc., 1300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA  22209, (703)741-5760 including, but not limited to:

(a)  #1 Chlorine Manual;

(b)  #65 Personal Protective Equipment;

(c)  #82 Recommendations for using 100 pound and 150 pound cylinders; and

(d)  #97 Safety Guidelines for Swimming Pool Applications.

(4)  All pool operators who use chlorine gas shall maintain records and documentation of the use, and of safety training pertaining to the use of chlorine gas.  The training documentation must include records identifying when copies of safety pamphlets were given to each staff person working in or having access to the separate room in which compressed chlorine gas is stored and used.  The documentation must also identify which specific safety pamphlets were provided.

(5)  All operators using chlorine gas shall maintain records demonstrating that they have conducted drills with emergency responders and that the emergency responders are properly prepared for a chlorine gas emergency.

(6)  Any improper use or storage of chlorine gas or inadequate training of facility staff or failure to provide training to emergency responders that requires and is cause for immediate closure of the pool, spa, or other water feature constitutes a safety violation until it is corrected under [RULE LXXXI].

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXIII  CARBON DIOXIDE USE AND STORAGE  (1)  Where carbon dioxide is used at a pool, spa, or other water feature to adjust pH, the following requirements must be met:

(a)  carbon dioxide cannot be stored below grade level;

(b)  carbon dioxide must be stored in well ventilated rooms to prevent the accumulation of a high concentration of carbon dioxide that could reduce the oxygen level in the air to less than 19.5 percent;

(c)  carbon dioxide must be used according to the safety requirements in the material safety data sheets provided by the supplier for carbon dioxide, including providing and using all recommended safety equipment;

(d)  carbon dioxide tanks must be thoroughly secured to prevent any tipping or rolling cylinders;

(e)  only authorized personnel who have been trained with the material safety data sheets provided by the manufacturer may have access to the carbon dioxide storage rooms; and

(f)  only personnel trained in the handling of carbon dioxide shall be allowed to adjust or replace carbon dioxide tanks.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 13:  WATER TESTING

 

RULE LXXXIV  TEST KITS  (1)  No chemical or other agent may be used in the water of any public pool, spa, or other water feature unless a recognized and approved test kit is available on the market to test the use of the chemical or other agent and which can identify and quantify the amounts of the chemical or other agent in the water.

(2)  Water testing shall measure the following parameters:

(a)  free chlorine (range 0-5 ppm) and/or bromine (0-10 ppm);

(b)  total chlorine (minimum of .2 ppm);

(c)  pH (range 6.8-8.2);

(d)  total alkalinity (at least 10 ppm titration calibration ability);

(e)  cyanuric acid (0-100 ppm); and

(f)  calcium hardness (at least 10 ppm titration calibration ability).

(3)  An approved Diethyl-p-phenylenediamine (DPD) titration method test kit must be used to test chlorine level in the water when chlorine is used as the water sanitizer.

(4)  An approved DPD type kit shall be used to test bromine levels when bromine is used as the sanitizer.

(5)  Test strips are not an approved method of accurate testing, but may be used for a quick reading between regular testing intervals to see if adjustments are needed.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXV  FREQUENCY OF WATER TESTING  (1)  Water testing shall be conducted and recorded daily at the following times:

(a)  before opening a public pool, spa, or other water feature;

(b)  every four hours after opening; and

(c)  at closing. 

            (2)  The test taken before opening must be a manual test.  If the pool, spa, or other water feature has an Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) meter installed, that may be used for the other two tests. 

            (3)  Adjustments shall be made to the water treatments as needed to maintain the water chemistry within established parameters or to return water chemistry to within established parameters. 

            (4)  The department may require more frequent water testing based on occupancy loads. 

            (5)  The following shall be tested and recorded every time the water is tested:

(a)  free chlorine;

(b)  total chlorine or bromine;

(c)  combined chlorine shall be determined by subtracting the free chlorine from the total chlorine reading;

(d)  pH; and

(e)  water temperature (if over 95F).

(6)  Total alkalinity and cyanuric acid shall be tested and recorded once every week.

(7)  Calcium hardness readings shall be taken and recorded at least weekly to determine water chemical balance.

(8)  Chemical balance, as determined by the saturation index, must be tested at a minimum of once per week.  The department may require more frequent testing where indicated, based upon occupancy loads or test results of the pool, spa, or other water feature.

(9)  Operators who use isocyanurates or stabilized chlorine products must be able to perform the alkalinity adjustments required because of the low pH and high acid concentrations in the water.

(10)  Pool operators must properly dilute pool testing samples for chlorine, bromine, or cyanuric acid as needed if high levels of these are suspected, in order to be able to obtain accurate test results.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXVI  OXIDATION REDUCTION POTENTIAL (ORP) READING 

(1)  An operator of any pool, spa, or other water feature that has installed an ORP meter shall use the ORP as an indicator of disinfectant level.

(2)  An ORP meter must be properly maintained in compliance with the manufacturer's recommendations for the routine periodic maintenance of the ORP sensor.

(3)  ORP readouts may be used as an indicator of disinfectant level following the manual water testing prior to opening.

(4)  Daily record logs must include manual water testing results before opening and ORP reading every four hours after opening and at closing every day.

(5)  The water in the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be closed if the ORP is less than 700 mV as measured by the controller or by the ORP measuring equipment, regardless of the chlorine residual measurement and it shall remain closed until the ORP is at least 700 mV.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXVII  BACTERIOLOGICAL QUALITY  (1)  Pools, spas, and other water features shall be free from harmful levels of disease producing organisms, toxic chemicals, or adverse physical conditions.

(2)  The water in pools, spas, and other water features shall meet the following standards of bacteriological quality:

(a)  heterotrophic plate counts may not exceed 200 bacteria per milliliter in two consecutive tests;

(b)  total coliforms or E. coli may not exceed an average of one coliform per sample of 100 milliliters in two consecutive tests when using the membrane filter test; and

(c)  total coliforms or E. coli may not exceed 2.2 bacteria per sample of 100 milliliters of water in two consecutive samples when using the most probable number (MPN) method.

(3)  Upon request by the department, the pool operator of a pool, spa, or other water feature must collect water samples for bacteriological or other testing for public health investigations.  The department may also require that test samples be taken and analyzed by an independent laboratory with the results transmitted to the department from the independent laboratory.

(4)  Water samples must be:

(a)  collected, dechlorinated, transported, and analyzed in compliance with the procedures outlined in the twentieth edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (published jointly by the American Public Health Association, Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association); and

(b)  analyzed at a laboratory approved by the department.

(5)  Not more than two consecutive samples in a one month period may exceed the levels set in these rules.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXVIII  DISINFECTANT USE  (1)  The physical and chemical conditions in the water of the pool, spa, or other water feature shall be maintained within the ranges specified in these rules.  Chemicals added to the water shall not cause irritation to the eyes, skin, or mucous membranes of the bathers. 

(2)  All pools, spas, and other water features when open or in use must be continuously disinfected by a chemical that imparts a residual effect and must maintain an alkaline pH.  Dispersal of the disinfectant agent must occur by mechanical means. 

(3)  In pools, spas, and other water features using chlorine as a disinfectant, breakpoint chlorination ("super chlorination" or "shocking") is required when the combined chlorine reading reaches 0.3 ppm or greater. 

(4)  To super chlorinate or shock a pool, spa, or other water feature that has a combined chlorine reading of 0.3 ppm or higher, the operator must, at one time, add free chlorine equivalent in an amount that will bring the free chlorine reading to a level at least ten times greater than the combined chlorine reading.

(5)  Super chlorination or shocking cannot be undertaken while any bather is in the pool, spa, or other water feature.  The pool, spa, or other water feature may not be reopened for any user until the level of chlorination falls within the parameters set in [RULE LXXVI]. 

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE LXXXIX  WATER CHEMISTRY PARAMETERS  (1)  Water chemistry, temperature, and clarity measurements must fall within the parameters set forth in Table 7:

 

Table 7.

 

Parameter

Acceptable range

Ideal range

Maximum

Chlorine

2-8ppm

3-5ppm

8ppm

Combined chlorine

0.2

0.0

0.2ppm

Bromine

2-10ppm

2-8ppm

10ppm

Total Alkalinity

60-180ppm (varies by chemical type and pool surface)

80-100ppm for Cal Hypo, lithium hypo, and sodium hypochlorite; hypochlorine;

100-120ppm for Sodium dichlor, trichlor, chlorine gas and bromine compounds

180ppm                 

 

If total alkalinity is too high:

-cloudy water

-increased scaling potential

-pH tends to be too high

Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP or HRR, which stands for High Resolution Reduction)

700 minimum millivolts (mV)

700 minimum millivolts (mV)

no maximum

pH

7.2-7.8

7.4-7.6

7.2-7.8

Cyanuric Acid (allowed only in outdoor pools)

10-30ppm

25ppm

50ppm

Calcium Hardness

Pools 150-1,000ppm

Pools 200-400ppm; Spas 150-250ppm

Pools 1,000ppm

Spas 800ppm

Temperature

Varies

Varies

Spas 104F

Pools 100F EXCEPTION: flow through hot spring pools and spas, which may have a maximum temperature of 106F

Clarity

In the deepest part of the pool, spa, or other water feature, the main drain shall be clearly visible and sharply defined.  NTUs must be in the range of 0.0-1.0

In the deepest part of the pool, spa, or other water feature, the main drain shall be clearly visible and sharply defined.

NTUs must be less than .5

NTUs up to 1.0

 

(2)  If total alkalinity is too low, it will result in pH bounce and a tendency to cause corrosion.  If total alkalinity is too high, it will result in cloudy water increased scaling potential and a tendency for pH to be too high.

(3)  Whenever isocyanurates or cyanuric acid (CYA) are used in a pool, spa, or other water feature, the concentrations of CYA shall not exceed 50 ppm.  Recommended levels of CYA are 25-30 ppm.  After [the effective date of this rule], isocyanurates or cyanuric acid shall not be used in newly constructed or renovated indoor pools, indoor spas, or other indoor water features or when a chlorinator is replaced.  Licenseholders of indoor pools, spas, or other water features currently using isocyanurates or cyanuric acid shall have one year from [the effective date of this rule] to convert to a nonstabilized type of disinfectant.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XC  CLOSURE OF POOL BASED ON WATER CHEMISTRY READINGS  (1)  A pool, spa, or other water feature shall be closed immediately whenever a reading falls into one or more of the following categories:

(a)  the chlorine or bromine reading is outside the minimum and maximum reading levels set in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7;

(b)  water temperature exceeds the maximum set in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7;

(c)  pool clarity fails to meet the parameters set in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7; or

(d)  chlorine or bromine readings exceed the maximum set in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7.

(2)  When a pool, spa, or other water feature is closed based on water chemistry readings, the operator shall document the closure and the reason for the closure and shall maintain the documentation in its files with other required records.

(3)  When the critical water quality parameters are brought within the acceptable range set out in [RULE LXXXIX], Table 7, the pool may be reopened with the approval of the department.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCI  ALTERNATIVE DISINFECTANT METHODS  (1)  The department may approve alternative disinfection methods when the license holder or facility operator has demonstrated that the alternative method:

(a)  provides a readily measurable residual;

(b)  is equally effective in disinfecting water as the chlorine or bromine concentrations set in these rules;

(c)  has been shown to not be dangerous to public health; and

(d)  is approved for use as a disinfectant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

(2)  Department approval must be obtained prior to using any other such disinfectant method.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCII  CHEMICALS USED TO CONTROL ALGAE  (1)  No chemicals used in controlling algae growth shall pose a risk to public health or contribute toxic properties to the water.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCIII  SATURATION INDEX  (1)  The following equation and [RULE XCIV], Table 8 shall be used to calculate the saturation index:  the saturation index equals pH plus temperature factor (TF) plus calcium factor (CF), plus alkalinity factor (AF) minus 12.1.  (SI=(pH + TF + CF + AF) - 12.1.)

(2)  Saturation index values shall be calculated weekly.  Perfectly balanced water has a saturation index value of 0.0.  A saturation index value below -0.5 shows corrosive water and a saturation index value higher than +0.5 shows scale forming water.

(3)  The saturation index value should be maintained between -.5 and +.5.  Ideal values are -.2 to +.2 on the saturation index.

(4)  If the reading falls outside the range of -.5 and +.5 the licenseholder/operator shall initiate the saturation index adjustments to the pool water within 24 hours.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCIV  SATURATION INDEX TABLE  (1)  The following is the saturation index table.

 

Table 8.

 

Temperature (F)

Temp Factor (TF)

Calcium Hardness as ppm

Calcium Factor (CF)

Total Alkalinity

Alkalinity Factor (AF)

32

0.0

5

0.3

5

0.7

37

0.1

25

1.0

25

1.4

46

0.2

50

1.3

50

1.7

53

0.3

75

1.5

75

1.9

60

0.4

100

1.6

100

2.0

66

0.5

150

1.8

150

2.2

76

0.6

200

1.9

200

2.3

84

1.7

300

2.1

300

2.5

94

0.8

400

2.2

400

2.6

105

0.9

800

2.5

800

2.9

128

1.0

1000

2.6

1000

3.0

 

(2)  If a spa does not meet the total alkalinity (TA) level requirements for saturation index and chemical balance, the spa owner must either chemically correct the water chemistry or the spa water must be completely exchanged with fresh make-up water according to one of the following frequency standards:

(a)  weekly; or

(b)  when the total dissolved solids (TDS) reach 1500 ppm higher than the water supply's base TDS; or

(c)  when required by using the following formula:  number of spa gallons divided by 3 divided by the number of bathers in a 24 hour period = number of days the spa can be used before draining and refilling with fresh make-up water.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCV  WATER CLARITY  (1)  Acceptable water clarity of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature shall be maintained at all times.  It shall be determined by one of the following methods:

(a)  when standing anywhere on the perimeter or deck of the pool, spa, or other water feature, the grates on the main drain(s) at the deepest portion of the pool floor must be clearly visible and sharply defined at all times; or

(b)  a two-inch diameter black and red plastic disk must be visible through 15 feet of water.

(2)  A hot springs pool, spa, or other water feature may alternatively demonstrate sufficient clarity by the following method:

(a)  water must, at all times, have sufficient clarity so that a black disc, six inches in diameter, and placed on a white background in the deepest point of the pool, spa, or other water feature, must be clearly visible and sharply defined when viewed from any point on the deck within five feet of any pool edge.

(3)  When the licenseholder or operator disputes the department's determination that a pool, spa, or other water feature does not meet clarity requirement as defined in (1) or (2), the department may use an NTU reading to make its final determination.  A pool will be determined to have sufficient clarity only where the NTU reading is 1.0 NTU or less.

(4)  Clarity readings shall be marked daily on the log sheets for the facility.  Clarity readings are defined by the following terms:

(a)  "excellent" means that the water is sparkling clear or it has an NTU reading <.5;

(b)  "good" means that the water is clear to very clear or it has an NTU reading of 0.5-1.0; and

(c)  "poor" means the water clarity is significantly deteriorated so that the main drain cannot be seen clearly or the bottom of the pool is obscured, or the water has an NTU reading in excess of 1.0.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 14:  SAFETY SIGNS

 

RULE XCVI  TYPES OF SIGNS REQUIRED  (1)  Every pool, spa, or other water feature shall conspicuously post signs which meet the requirements of this subchapter and which address the following categories of safety issues:

(a)  signs identifying prohibited conduct;

(b)  signs providing warnings of medical or safety hazards;

(c)  signs identifying potential disease hazards;

(d)  signs that notify the patrons of the supervision that is or is not provided by the facility; and

(e)  signs pertaining to diving.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCVII  GENERAL POOL SIGN REQUIREMENT  (1)  All pools, spas, and other water features that are not required to provide lifeguards under these rules and which do not provide lifeguards shall post a sign that states "NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY" in clearly legible letters at least four inches high.  No other wording may be on this sign.

(2)  All pools, spas, and other water features shall post the following sign in letters at least two inches high:  "THE MAIN DRAINS MUST BE CLEARLY VISIBLE AND SHARPLY DEFINED FROM ANY POINT ON THE SIDE OF THE POOL. ANYTHING ELSE REQUIRES THE MANAGEMENT TO CLOSE THE POOL".

(3)  Pools and other water features must post signs with the following wording or substantially similar wording:

(a)  "Take a cleansing shower before using the pool or the deck area";

(b)  "Please do not use the pool if you have had diarrhea or any other disease communicable by water in the past two weeks";

(c)  "Do not bring food, drink, gum, or tobacco into the pool or onto the deck area";

(d)  "Nonswimmers and children under age 14 shall not use the pool without a responsible adult in attendance";

(e)  "Swimmers who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper with waterproof pants with elastic opening for legs and waist";

(f)  "Do not change diapers near the pool, or on the deck";

(g)  "No running or rough play";

(h)  "No glass or other breakable material allowed in the pool or deck area";

(i)  "No animals in the pool or deck area except as required under the Americans With Disabilities Act";

(j)  "Offensive or unsanitary behavior is prohibited"; and

(k)  "Capacity of the pool is ________".

(4)  Pools shall post a "NO DIVING" sign in any area where diving is prohibited.

(5)  The facility shall fill in the capacity of the pool as approved in its license in the sign posted under (3)(k).

(6)  The department may, as a licensing requirement, require additional notices to be posted if necessary to protect public health or safety based upon the layout of the particular facility.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCVIII  SPA SIGNS  (1)  The following rules shall be posted adjacent to the spa.  The wording shall be in the following language or substantially similar language:

(a)  "Take a cleansing shower before using the pool";

(b)  "Please do not use the spa if you have had diarrhea or any disease communicable by water in the past two weeks";

(c)  "No person under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol may use the spa";

(d)  "Warning - people using prescription medications and/or having the following medical conditions should consult with their physician before entering the spa:  pregnancy, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or other serious medical condition"; and

(e)  "Heat stroke warning - Users limited to 15 minutes in spa".

(2)  All spas must have a sign in letters not less than one inch high stating:  "Children age 5 and under are not allowed in the spa".

(3)  All spas must have a sign adjacent to the spa which identifies spa capacity with the following language:  "Capacity of the spa is _________".

(4)  The facility shall fill in the capacity of the spa as set in its license on the sign posted under (3).

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE XCIX  SIGNS FOR WATER SLIDES  (1)  One or more signs with the following language or substantially similar language shall be posted adjacent to the water slide:

(a)  "One rider at a time.  Wait until the landing area is clear before starting down the slide";

(b)  "Slide in a sitting position or feet first on the back only";

(c)  "Do not attempt to stop on the slide";

(d)  "Leave plunge area immediately";

(e)  "WARNING:  Water depth is ____ feet"; and

(f)  "Nonswimmers not permitted if landing area water depth is over five feet".

(2)  The facility shall fill in the depth of the portion of the pool in which the water slide terminates on the sign posted under (1)(e).

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE C  SIGNS FOR FLUME WATER SLIDES  (1)  One or more signs with the following language or substantially similar language shall be posted adjacent to the flume water slide:

(a)  "Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs";

(b)  "Follow the instructions of the flume attendant";

(c)  "No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, or stopping in the flume";

(d)  "Only one person at a time";

(e)  "Keep your hands inside the flume";

(f)  "No diving from the flume"; and

(g)  "Leave the flume pool promptly after entering".

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CI  SPRAY POOL SIGNS  (1)  One or more signs with the following language or substantially similar language shall be posted adjacent to the spray pool:

(a)  Spray hours must be listed and the sign must then state, "Spray pool use at any other time is prohibited";

(b)  "Anyone who has had diarrhea or any other disease communicable by water in the last two weeks may not use the spray pool";

(c)  In two inch letters:  "Spray features use recirculated water.  DO NOT DRINK THE WATER";

(d)  "Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers covered with waterproof pants with elasticized openings for the waist and legs";

(e)  "Do not change diapers at or near the spray pool"; and

(f)  "No animals allowed on or near the spray pool".

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 15:  POOL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

 

RULE CII  SAFETY EQUIPMENT  (1)  Every pool, spa, and other water feature involving pooled water must have the following equipment readily available on-site:

(a)  either a rescue tube or, in the alternative, one or more ring buoys having a maximum of 15 to 16 inches inside diameter with one quarter inch manila-line or nylon rope at least equal in length to the maximum width of the swimming pool attached securely to the ring buoy and kept in good repair; and

(b)  a shepherd's crook or reaching pole.

(2)  In small pools not exceeding 15 feet in width, the ring buoy with a minimum length of 14 feet of manila line or nylon rope throwing line attached may be substituted for a shepherd's crook or a reaching pole.

(3)  Safety equipment must be accessible for immediate use in the area of the pool, spa, or other water feature.

(4)  When a lifeguard is required or provided at a pool or other water feature, an elevated seat for the lifeguard must be provided in areas where water depth is deeper than five feet.  The lifeguard chair must be located within two feet of the edge of the swimming pool and must be high enough to give the lifeguard a complete and unobstructed view of the area of the pool that the lifeguard is responsible for patrolling.

(5)  Lifeguards shall be equipped with a rescue tube and must be attired so that they are readily identifiable as members of the lifeguard staff.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CIII  ROPES, FLOAT LINES, AND MARKING LINES  (1)  Unless otherwise provided in this rule, a rope and float line with floats spaced no more than five feet apart shall separate the shallow portion of the pool from the deep portion of the pool.  It shall be strung across the pool at one linear foot from the five foot depth level, toward the shallow end of the pool.

(a)  The rope and float line shall be securely fastened to wall anchors of corrosion-resistant materials which shall be recessed or have no projection that will constitute a hazard when the line is removed.  The line shall be of sufficient size and strength to offer a good handhold and to support loads normally imposed by users.

(b)  A rope and float line must be in place at all times except when the pool use is restricted to lap swimming by competent swimmers, during water exercise classes, or during supervised swim instruction by a swimming instructor.

(2)  In pools with uniform slopes not exceeding one foot of drop in twelve feet of run from the shallow end to the deep end a safety float line is not required, but a marking line must be installed or painted across the bottom of the pool at the five foot depth in at least a four inch wide marking in a color contrasting with the color of the floor of the pool. 

(3)  A rope and float line must be provided between pools that are interconnected if one of the pools is or has a portion that is deeper than five feet.

(4)  A rope and float line must be provided to separate water slide catch pools from other swimming areas.  On all new pools constructed after [the effective date of this rule], a marking line on the bottom of the pool must be installed in a color contrasting with the color of the floor and must be at least four inches wide to designate the location of each rope and float line required by this rule in order to provide an additional designation showing a change in pool depth or pool type.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CIV  FIRST AID KIT  (1)  A first aid kit containing at least the following items and quantities shall be readily accessible at all times:

(a)  1" x 3" fabric bandages, 16;

(b)  1" x 3" adhesive plastic bandages, 32;

(c)  32 sq. in. absorbent gauze compress, box;

(d)  3" compress bandage, off center, 2;

(e)  triangular sling/bandage, 1;

(f)  3" x 3" gauze dressing pads, 4;

(g)  antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting free), 10;

(h)  povidone-iodine infection control wipes, 10;

(i)  1/2" x 2.5 yd. adhesive tape, 2;

(j)  Exam quality gloves, 2 pr;

(k)  burn relief packs, 6;

(l)  4" x 5" instant cold compress, 1;

(m)  2 sterile eye pads;

(n)  1 oz. eye wash;

(o)  1/2" x 5 yd. first aid tape roll; and

(p)  96 pg. AMA First Aid guide booklet.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CV  TELEPHONE REQUIRED  (1)  A telephone with an attached handset shall be affixed to the wall near the pool, spa, or other water feature for the purpose of contacting emergency medical services.

(2)  Emergency supplies required in [RULE CV] must be located in a place where the person making a call for emergency medical services can conveniently render assistance after making the call or while on the telephone with emergency services.

(3)  Instructions regarding emergency calls shall be prominently posted next to the telephone and must include the following:

(a)  how to notify the appropriate EMS personnel.  For example, the sign should:  

(i)  list the numbers needed to contact EMS personnel, such as 911; or

(ii)  if an outside line is required, such as needing to dial "9" or "8" before dialing 911; or

(iii)  in a location without 911 services, the direct emergency line to EMS must be provided;

(b)  the name and telephone number for the management of the facility;

(c)  the name, location, and address of the facility in which the pool, spa, or other water feature is located;

(d)  directions on how to find the facility and on how to find the location of the telephone from which the call is being made; and

(e)  the location of first aid and life saving equipment.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 16:  LIFEGUARDS

 

RULE CVI  WHEN LIFEGUARDS ARE REQUIRED  (1)  Lifeguards are required to be present and on duty during the operation of any municipally owned or operated swimming pool, spa, or other water feature except spray park and wading pools. 

(2)  Lifeguards are required for all water slides and flume slides 11 feet high or higher as measured from the deck.

(3)  Lifeguards are required for all wave pools and all vortex pools.

(4)  When lifeguards are required, the facility must have certified or licensed lifeguards who are authorized and assigned to enforce and ensure compliance with all safety rules at the pool, spa, or other water features and surrounding deck area.

(5)  When lifeguards are provided voluntarily, all lifeguard requirements must be met.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CVII  WHEN LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT REQUIRED  (1)  Except as provided in [RULE CVII], privately owned public pools, spas, and other water features, are not required to have a lifeguard on duty if:

(a)  a sign is prominently displayed adjacent to the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, in letters at least four inches high that states: "NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY"; and

(b)  one individual per shift is on the premises and has ready access to the pool and is currently certified as competent in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

(2)  A tourist home providing a pool, spa, or other water feature to its guests must post a sign as required in (1)(a), but is exempt from the requirements of (1)(b).

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CVIII  CERTIFICATION OF LIFEGUARDS  (1)  A "certified lifeguard" means an individual who holds current certification in a course sponsored by one of the following courses:

(a)  American Red Cross Lifeguard Training;

(b)  YMCA Lifeguarding;

(c)  Boy Scouts of America Lifeguard;

(d)  International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) of Jeff Ellis and Associates; or

(e)  another program that is substantially equivalent to the above programs and which is approved by the department.

(2)  "Licensed lifeguard" means an individual who holds a current license from the National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program in one of the following programs:

(a)  National Pool and Waterpark Pool Lifeguard;

(b)  National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training; or

(c)  National Pool and Waterpark Deep Water Lifeguard.

(3)  In addition to holding a current certification or license from one of the agencies listed in (1) or (2), each lifeguard must also hold current certification:

(a)  by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association in infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and

(b)  by the American Heart Association in standard first aid or an equivalent first-aid course.

(4)  Each lifeguard must meet the minimum age requirement set by the certifying or licensing agency as listed in (1) or (2).

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CIX  NUMBERS OF LIFEGUARDS AND LIFEGUARD PLACEMENT 

(1)  When required by these rules or when provided voluntarily, at least one lifeguard shall be on duty at all times per 2000 square feet of pool area or fraction thereof, except:

(a)  during organized swim lessons with certified lifeguards as instructors for no more than ten swimmers each, a lifeguard must be on duty for the first 2000 square feet of pool area with an additional lifeguard for each additional 4000 square feet of pool area; or

(b)  a pool facility may temporarily reduce the number of lifeguards required by closing an appropriately sized portion of the pool.

(2)  Lifeguards must be stationed in a position which gives the lifeguard an unobstructed view of the area of the pool the lifeguard is responsible to patrol to ensure that the lifeguard is able to recognize a person in distress and provide for a rescue if needed.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 17:  CLEANING

 

RULE CX  POOL CARE  (1)  All public swimming pools, spas, and other water features and related facilities shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CXI  DECK CARE  (1)  Decks shall be cleaned daily or as necessary. When cleaned with a spray, care must be taken to prevent deck wash material from draining back into any pool, spa, or other water feature.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CXII  FOOD, DRINK, TOBACCO USE  (1)  Eating, drinking, and use of tobacco shall not be permitted in the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or in other areas designed for bathers, with the exception of water in nonbreakable containers.

(2)  Eating and drinking may be allowed in areas adjacent to the pool or spa areas if designed by the management for this use, unless the pool is intended for use for accredited competitive aquatic events by sanctioning groups such as the La Federation Internationale De Natation Amateur (FINA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA).

(3)  Any food or drink served or consumed in areas adjacent to any pool that are designed for consumption of food or drinks must be in unbreakable containers.

(4)  Trash containers must be provided in areas designed for food consumption.

(5)  Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public facilities.  Tobacco products including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco or spit or chew tobacco shall not be permitted in an area adjacent to an outdoor pool, spa, or other water feature, unless the area is specifically designed and authorized by the management for this use.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CXIII  NO ANIMALS PERMITTED IN OR NEAR POOLS  (1)  Except as provided in (2), no animals shall be permitted in any pool, spa, or other water features or in the vicinity of any pool, spa, or other water feature.

(2)  Service animals shall be permitted only on the deck area of a pool, spa, or other water feature, if needed, but may not be closer than five feet to the water.  However, no animal, whether service animal or not, may be permitted within the fence surrounding a spray pad.

(3)  A service animal may be excluded from the facility or portions of the facility whenever its behavior or health poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 18:  SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL PURPOSE POOLS AND OTHER WATER FEATURES

 

            RULE CXIV  REVIEW OF NONCONFORMING SPECIALTY POOLS AND WATER FEATURES  (1)  The department may approve specialty water pools and water features not specifically addressed in these rules if, upon its plan review, the department determines that the design complies with all substantive requirements of these rules and presents no public health and safety concerns.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXV  WATER SLIDES GENERALLY  (1)  When a water slide is provided in conjunction with a pool, the slide must:

            (a)  be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions;

            (b)  be approved by the manufacturer for commercial use whether installed in a public or privately owned public swimming pool;

            (c)  meet all applicable building codes;

            (d)  meet the requirement of 16 CFR, part 1207;

            (e)  water slides that are 11 feet or greater in height must provide a lifeguard at the bottom of the slide and an attendant at the top of the slide; and

            (f)  one attendant may monitor two slides if the entrances to the slides are less than ten feet apart.

            (2)  The support structure for a water slide and for any access stairs or ramps shall be designed and constructed to withstand the anticipated structural load, both static and dynamic, including wind forces.

            (3)  A stairway providing access to the top of a water slide shall be at least two feet wide.  Stair surfaces shall be slip-resistant and easily cleanable. 

            (4)  The stairway shall comply with the applicable requirements of state and local building codes, and requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

            (5)  The plans for slide structures must be approved and stamped by a licensed structural engineer.

            (6)  Water slides must be operated in accordance with the slide manufacturer's guidelines.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXVI  CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY SLIDE  (1)  Children's activity slides are small slides with a low exit velocity designed by the manufacturer for use by small children at pools.  They must be designated by the manufacturer for use in 24 inches or less of water and must be installed according to the manufacturer's directions.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXVII  DROP WATER SLIDES  (1)  Drop water slides are slides which discharge to a pool with a drop of more than two inches to the water surface.  Drop water slides shall comply with other applicable provisions of these rules and the following: 

            (a)  The drop slide catch pool must extend five feet on either side of the center line of the slide and must extend to 20 feet in front of the slide.

            (b)  The drop slide catch pool must be clearly designated by float ropes.

            (c)  The terminus of the slide chute must extend beyond the pool wall into the pool and must be oriented so that the safety area in front of the slide does not interfere with the safety area of another slide or other pool equipment.

            (d)  The area from the slide terminus outward six feet in front of the slide terminus must have a depth as established from Table 9.  The slide must be constructed so the rider enters the water in this six foot area.  If the depth of the catch pool is five feet or less, the bottom of the catch pool must have a maximum slope of one inch in 12 inches (1:12), and the slide must be located at least five feet from any change to steeper slopes of the pool bottom.

            (2)  The deck around a water slide plunge pool shall be at least four feet wide, except on the side where the flume enters the pool.  A walkway which is at least four feet wide and meets the requirements of a deck shall be provided between the plunge pool and the slide steps. 

            (3)  If the water slide flume ends in a swimming pool, the water level shall not be lowered more than one inch when the flume pump is operating.

 

Table 9.

 

Maximum Slide Exit Height Above the Water

Required Minimum Water Depth from the Slide Terminus to Six Feet in Front of the Terminus

12 inches

4 feet minimum

42 inches

8 feet minimum

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXVIII  FLUME WATER SLIDES  (1)  Flume water slides shall comply with all other applicable provisions of these rules and the following:

            (a)  A water slide flume shall comply with the following construction requirements:

            (i)  the last ten feet of flume shall be straight no closer than five feet to the plunge or swimming pool wall;

            (ii)  the flume shall be sloped no more than one foot vertical for ten feet horizontal for at least the last ten feet before the end of the flume;

            (iii)  the flume shall terminate between six inches below and two inches above the design water level in the plunge pool or swimming pool;

            (iv)  at the level the flume approaches the water, it shall be at least five feet away from any sides of the plunge pool or swimming pool and adjacent flumes shall be at least ten feet apart on center at the exit point;

            (v)  the inside surface of a flume shall be smooth and continuous; and

            (vi)  the flume shall be designed so that users cannot be thrown out of the flume and to minimize user collisions with the sides of the flume.

            (b)  The landing area for a water slide flume shall comply with the following:

            (i)  there shall be at least 20 feet between the end of the flume and any barrier or steps; and

            (ii)  if the water slide flume ends in a swimming pool, the landing area shall be divided from the rest of the swimming pool by a float line.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXIX  SPEED SLIDES  (1)  Speed slides shall comply with all other applicable provisions of these rules. 

            (2)  A speed slide shall provide for the safe deceleration of the user.  A run-out system or a special plunge pool entry system shall control the body position of the user relative to the slide to provide for a safe exit from the ride. 

            (3)  The slide must be installed according to manufacturer's instructions.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXX  CRITERIA FOR WATER SLIDES ENTRAPMENT PREVENTION          (1)  If a flume pump intake is in a plunge pool or in a swimming pool, it shall be located away from normal water slide user traffic areas.  To prevent suction entrapment at the flume pump intake, one of the following designs shall be used:

            (a)  Multiple intakes may be used.  Intakes shall be at least three feet apart.  The intakes shall be covered with grates or other protective covers designed to prevent user entrapment.  Water velocity through the intake covers shall not exceed one and one-half feet per second; or

            (b)  The pump intake for the water slide shall have an area of at least 342 square inches.

            (2)  An intake cover shall be designed to prevent user entrapment.  It shall be in place at all times and it shall be securely fastened to the pool or to the intake pipe so it cannot be removed without specific tools.

            (3)  Water slide pump intakes must meet the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act, 15 USC 8001-8005 and ASME A112.19.8 (2007).

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXI  ZERO DEPTH ENTRY TO POOL  (1)  Zero depth entry to swimming pools shall comply with all other applicable sections of [new subchapters 1 through 22], and with (2) through (4).

            (2)  There shall be an overflow drain or weir installed across the full width of the zero depth end of the swimming pool.

            (a)  The drain shall be covered with a grate designed to prevent entrapment and designed so that it is not removable without a specific tool; and

            (b)  The drain and its associated piping shall be designed to convey at least 50 percent of the recirculation flow rate.

            (3)  The deck above the overflow drain at the zero depth end of the pool may slope to the overflow drain for a distance no greater than 15 feet.  The deck slope shall be no greater than one foot vertical in 12 feet horizontal.

            (4)  A perimeter overflow gutter shall be provided.  The gutter around the perimeter of the rest of the pool may be interrupted in the area where the water is less than one foot deep, provided that the length of the perimeter overflow gutter and the overflow drain shall be at least 60 percent of the total pool perimeter.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXII  MULTISECTION RECREATIONAL POOLS  (1)  A multisection recreational pool shall comply with all other applicable provisions of the rules.  In addition:

            (a)  the minimum recirculation flow rate for a multisection recreational pool shall be determined by computing the recirculation flow rate for each section of the pool in accordance with other applicable sections of [new subchapters 1 through 22] and adding the flow rates together;

            (b)  the treated water distribution system shall be designed to return treated water to the sections of the pool in proportion to the flow rates determined in (1)(a); and

            (c)  each section of a multisection recreational pool shall be separated from the other sections by a float line or marking line meeting the requirements of [RULE CIII].

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXIII  ZERO DEPTH SPRAY POOLS - WATER RECIRCULATION    (1)  Spray pools may be constructed so that the water drains immediately to a waste water system.  Such pools must use water from an approved water supply.  The water that is drained to a waste water system shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

            (2)  If the water from a spray pool does not drain immediately to a waste water system, then a chlorination system and filtration system must be in place that meets the requirements of these rules.

            (3)  A recirculation system consisting of pumps, piping, filters, water conditioning and disinfectant equipment and other accessory equipment which meet the requirements of these rules shall be provided which will clarify, chemically balance, and disinfect the water.  The spray pool's treatment tank filtration circulation and chemical disinfectant equipment must operate 24 hours a day.

            (4)  Water may be used one time and immediately drained to waste water or it may be recirculated and disinfected.  Existing zero depth spray pools that recirculate water must recirculate the entire volume of water through an approved treatment system every thirty minutes or less.  Zero depth spray pools constructed after [the effective date of this rule] must recirculate the entire volume of water through an approved treatment system every thirty minutes or less.

            (5)  A surge tank constructed or installed after [the effective date] for the spray pool must hold a minimum of 4000 gallons. The surge tank capacity must also be at least three times the combined flow rates of all attraction features and recirculation pumps based upon a minimum flow of five gallons per minute. 

            (6)  An automatic water level controller shall be provided for the spray pool treatment tank.

            (7)  A screen or similar device shall be provided through which all water from the spray pool shall pass before entering the spray pool recirculation tank.  In the alternative, the spray park may use another method or process that is approved by the department and provides for the removal of debris on the surface layer of the water in the recirculation tank.

            (8)  Sufficient numbers of filtered or treated water inlets shall be provided and located to ensure complete mixing and circulation of treated water within the spray pool recirculation tank.

            (9)  At least one main drain suction outlet that supplies water to the spray pool recirculation tank filtration system shall be provided at the deepest point in the spray pool recirculation tank.

            (10)  The pipers, fittings, and valves of the recirculation system shall be sized so that velocities of water in the piping does not exceed six feet per second under suction, ten feet per second under pressure, or three feet per second in gravity flow. The water velocity limits may be exceeded when hydraulic computations indicate that use of higher velocities will not adversely affect the spray pool recirculation

system.

            (11)  A means of continuously measuring the rate of water flow shall be provided in the recirculation system.

            (12)  An automatic feeder which is easily adjustable shall be provided for the application of disinfectant.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXIV  ZERO DEPTH SPRAY POOL - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

            (1)  Each zero depth spray pool shall have:

            (a)  surfaces with nonslip finishes that are impervious to water and easily cleanable; and

            (b)  uniform pool floor slopes not exceeding 1/2 inch per foot of horizontal floor length and which are sloped to drain to prevent water from collecting on the pad.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXV  ZERO DEPTH SPRAY POOL - DRAIN SYSTEMS  (1)  Outlets must be located at the low point of the spray pool.

            (2)  Spray pools must have two or more main drains located a minimum of three feet apart.

            (3)  Drain covers must meet the following requirements:

            (a)  outlet drains to each spray pool recirculation pump must have drain covers that measure 12 inches x 12 inches or greater in size;

            (b)  the maximum width of any opening in the main drain cover must not exceed 1/2 inch; and

            (c)  drain covers must withstand the anticipated force of users and must be removable only with specific tools.

            (4)  Flow through the drains to the treatment tank shall be gravity flow only. Direct suction outlets from the spray pool are prohibited.

            (5)  In any zero depth spray pool that recirculates the water after sanitizing it, the cleaning drains that drain directly to waste water must be located around the perimeter of the pad at a sufficient number of locations to drain water used to clean the pad so that it does not enter a main drain to be recirculated.  The slope of the spray pad must change around the perimeter to slope toward the cleaning drains.

            (6)  Spray or play features must drain completely at night with no water left standing on the surface.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXVI  ZERO DEPTH SPRAY POOLS - RESTROOM REQUIREMENTS  (1)  General use recirculating spray pool facilities shall provide separate restroom facilities for each gender containing at least one toilet and hand washing sink and diaper changing area. Toilet facilities and lavatories shall be maintained and conveniently located at a spray pool. All facilities shall be provided with liquid soap, paper towels or electrical hand drying units, and covered waste receptacles.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXVII  ZERO DEPTH SPRAY POOLS - CLEANING REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Hose bibs with anti-siphonage devices shall be provided around spray pool decks at a maximum spacing of one hundred fifty feet. At the beginning of each day prior to use and at other times when needed, the spray pool must be adequately cleaned and flushed to remove any materials or contaminants on the surface area of the spray pool.  The water must be flushed to the waste water system and not discharged into the spray pool recirculation tank.

            (2)  The spray pool recirculater tank must be designed to provide ready access for cleaning and must be capable of draining. An overflow pipe to convey excess water to an approved wastewater discharge system must be provided.

            (3)  The spray pool recirculation tank shall be completely drained and cleaned whenever needed to maintain water quality parameters set by these rules, including but not limited to the parameters for alkalinity, pH, and chlorine.

            (4)  The spray pool recirculation tank shall be completely drained and cleaned whenever needed to maintain water quality parameters set by these rules, including but not limited to the parameters for alkalinity, pH, and chlorine.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXVIII  SPAS TEMPERATURE  (1)  Spas must comply with all other applicable provisions of these rules.

            (2)  Spas that are not a hot springs or flow-through hot springs spa must be operated at a water temperature not exceeding 104F as determined by the use of an inline thermometer. A spa that is a hot springs or a flow-through hot springs may not operate at a temperature above 106F.

            (a)  An inline thermometer is required for all spas and the spa operator shall also have an accurate portable thermometer and shall manually check the water temperature as required by these rules to help ensure that the temperature does not exceed the maximum allowable temperature.

            (b)  The operators shall verify the accuracy of their manual thermometers periodically in an ice bath. The temperature of an ice bath should read 32F.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXIX  SPA RECIRCULATION REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Spas must meet the following recirculation system requirements:

            (a)  A minimum of two hydraulically balanced main drains shall be provided for each pump in the suction outlet system, separated by a minimum of three feet or located on two different planes such as one on the bottom of the spa and one located on the vertical wall of the spa. These suction outlets shall be plumbed so that water is drawn through them in a hydraulically balanced manner through a common line to the pump;

            (b)  Spa suction outlets shall have a cover installed that has been tested and accepted by a nationally recognized testing laboratory and that complies with ASME A112.19.8-2007;

            (c)  At least one surface skimmer shall be installed for each one hundred fifty square feet or fraction thereof of spa water surface area.  Skimmers shall be located to optimize skimming action over the surface of the spa;

            (d)  The number of required return inlets shall be based on a minimum of one return inlet per 300 square feet of water surface area or fraction thereof. A minimum of two recirculation inlets are required regardless of spa size;

            (e)  A cleanable strainer or screen shall be provided upstream of the circulation pump for all pressure filter systems to remove solids, hair, lint, or other debris;

            (f)  An adequately sized NSF-approved pump capable of producing a turnover of 100 percent of the spa water in 30 minutes or less, must be installed;

            (g)  An adequately sized NSF-approved filter capable of filtering the entire contents of the spa in no more than 30 minutes or less must be installed;

            (h)  A spa circulation system must include a flow indicator to measure the gallons per minute (GPM) flowing through the spa; and

            (i)  A spa circulation system must include a means of backwashing or draining the spa into an approved waste water disposal system.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXX  SPA SANITATION REQUIREMENTS  (1)  All disinfectant equipment shall be approved by the NSF International and shall be capable of introducing a sufficient quantity of sanitizer to maintain the minimum required levels of sanitizer under all conditions of intended use.

            (2)  Chlorine generator (salt) disinfectant systems may not be used in spas.

            (3)  Disinfectant levels for spas shall be 2-8 ppm for chlorine or 2-10 ppm bromine at all times.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXI  SPA CLEANING REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Spa operators must drain, thoroughly clean, and disinfect the spa:

            (a)  weekly; or

            (b)  when the total dissolved solids reach 1500 ppm above the levels in the potable water supply used for the spa; or

            (c)  when required as determined by using the following formula: number of spa gallons divided by three divided by the number of bathers in a 24 hour period equal number of days before draining, cleaning, and disinfecting the spa is required.

            (2)  The operator must document the date the spa was drained and cleaned and whether the spa is drained and cleaned weekly or based upon the criteria in (1)(b) or (c).  If the spa is drained and cleaned based upon total dissolved solids, that reading must be documented.  If the spa is drained and cleaned based upon the size of the spa and the number of users, the licensee must maintain records showing the number of users in each 24 hour period.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXII  EXTERNAL SPA EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS 

            (1)  Control switches for the spa jets must be located outside of the spa so that the bathers must physically get out of the spa to turn the jets on or off. Jet timers allow a maximum of 15 minutes of spa operation at a time.

            (2)  Every spa must have a clock visible from the spa so that bathers can monitor the time they have spent in the spa.

            (3)  After [the effective date of this rule] all new spa installations shall have a master shutoff switch that shuts off the power to all components of the spa, including the main drain, jet pumps, and the circulation pumps. The master shutoff switch must be adjacent to the spa, easily accessible, and clearly visible in case of an emergency.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXIII  SPA DEPTH  (1)  The maximum water depth shall be four feet measured from the design waterline except for spas that are designed for special purposes such as therapy and are approved by the department for those purposes.

            (2)  Spas shall have permanent depth markers plainly and conspicuously visible from all obvious points of entry.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXIV  SPA SEATING  (1)  Multi-level seating may be provided, but the maximum water depth of any seat or sitting bench shall be twenty-eight inches measured from the design waterline.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXV  SPA DECK REQUIREMENTS  (1)  A minimum four foot wide continuous, unobstructed deck shall be provided around at least fifty percent of the spa.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXVI  SPA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Spa steps that meet the requirements of these rules must be provided when the spa is more that two feet deep.

            (2)  A spa must be equipped with at least one handrail at each point of entry and exit.

            (3)  The surfaces within the spa intended to provide footing for users shall be made of slip resistant surfaces.  The texture of such surfaces shall not cause injury or discomfort during normal use.

            (4)  The spa shall be provided with a handhold around the perimeter in areas where water depths exceed three feet six inches.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXVII  WADING POOLS  (1)  Wading pools must comply with all other applicable provisions of these rules.

            (2)   After December 31, 2011, fill and drain wading pools are prohibited.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXVIII  WADING POOLS - CIRCULATION AND DISINFECTANT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS  (1)  A wading pool shall be a separate pool with an independent circulation and disinfectant system independent from any other adjacent pool and shall be physically separated from all other pools.

            (2)  Wading pools must have a recirculation and disinfectant system of its own that is capable of a 30 minute turnover rate.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXXXIX  WADING POOLS - BARRIER REQUIREMENTS 

            (1)  Wading pools for children shall be physically separated from swimming pools by means of at least a 4-foot high barrier. A barrier shall be provided on the outside of the deck area of all outdoor wading pools and shall meet the following requirements:

            (a)  Barriers shall not allow passage of a 4-inch or greater diameter sphere through the barrier;

            (b)  The maximum clearance at the bottom of the barrier shall not exceed four inches;

            (c)  Barriers shall be located beyond the minimum deck space requirements, but shall be located so that the area intended for waders can be isolated from other pools;

            (d)  The wading pool shall be visible through the barrier;

            (e)  Barriers shall be equipped with self-closing gates or doors with self-latching closers and locking mechanisms and shall be constructed so that all gates or doors in the barrier open out from the wading pool; and

            (f)  Barriers shall be impenetrable for small children and must not offer any external handholds or footholds.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXL  WADING POOLS - DEPTH AND SLOPE  (1)  Wading pools shall have a maximum water depth of 24 inches.

            (2)  Floors of wading pools shall be uniform and sloped to drain completely with a maximum slope of one foot in 12 feet; and the floors must have a slip-resistant finish.

            (3)  The maximum distance from the top of the deck to the design waterline shall not exceed six inches, unless seven inches is required under manufacturer specifications.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXLI  WADING POOL ATTENDANT REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Publicly owned wading pools must have at least one attendant present at all times during operation hours and the attendant must be in complete charge of the wading pool facility and have the authority to enforce all safety rules.

            (2)  Each attendant must be currently certified by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association in methods of infant, child, and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and must be certified by the American Red Cross in at least standard first aid.

            (3)  Each attendant must be at least 15 years of age.

            (4)  The attendant must be on duty at all times when a wading pool is open for use by bathers.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXLII  WADING POOL RESTROOM AND CHANGING TABLE REQUIREMENTS  (1)  Changing and toilet facilities must be provided.  They must provide the minimum required fixtures set in [RULE LIX], Table 5.

            (2)  Each restroom shall provide at least one changing table station and a waste disposal facility for used diapers.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXLIII  HOT SPRINGS POOLS AND SPAS AND FLOW-THROUGH HOT SPRINGS POOLS AND SPAS - GENERALLY  (1)  Hot springs pools and other than a flow-through hot springs pool, must comply with all other provisions of these rules, except for the following: 

            (a)  the pH of pool water in a hot springs or a flow-through hot spring pool must be maintained at no less than 7.2 and no greater than 9.4;

            (b)  the temperature of a hot spring pool or spa or a flow-through hot spring pool or spa may not exceed 106F in a pool or spa primarily used for soaking and may not exceed 106F in a pool used primarily for swimming; and

            (c)  the turnover rate of a flow-through hot spring pool may not exceed eight hours.

            (2)  All hot springs pools and spas including flow-through pools and spas, must meet the following requirements:

            (a)  Every hot springs pool or spa or flow-through hot spring pool or spa must be equipped with an accurate flow indicator to measure the turnover rate, except that the department may approve the use of an alternate method of establishing an accurate flow rate.  To demonstrate that an alternative means of measurement is accurate, the applicant must submit a written application for approval to use that alternative method.  The application must demonstrate that the alternative method accurately measures the water volume exchange to produce an 8-hour turnover of the entire volume of pool water to waste water discharge.

            (b)  Every hot springs pool or spa or flow-through hot springs pool or spa must have an inline thermometer installed to monitor the temperature of the pool.  The department may allow an alternative method of monitoring pool temperature upon a showing by an applicant who demonstrates that the water temperature can be accurately measured by the alternative method and that the use of the alternative method does not have the potential to cause adverse public health effects.  When an alternative method is used to monitor pool temperature, the licensee is responsible for recording the pool temperatures a minimum of twice a day or more frequently as needed to demonstrate that the temperature is being regulated.  The reading shall be recorded and maintained on forms approved by the department.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, 50-53-108, 50-53-115, MCA

 

            RULE CXLIV  HOT SPRINGS POOLS AND SPAS AND FLOW-THROUGH HOT SPRINGS POOLS AND SPAS - CLEANING REQUIREMENTS  (1)  If the pH of a hot springs pool or spa exceeds a pH of 8.5, a sign must be posted adjacent to the pool or spa notifying users that a pH higher than 8.5 may cause skin irritation and indicating the pH of the water for that date of operation.

            (2)  Each hot springs pool or spa or flow-through hot springs pool or spa must be maintained to prevent corrosion, algae growth, and other mineral accumulation on the pool wall, floor, and equipment.

            (3)  Each hot springs pool or spa or flow-through hot springs pool or spa that does not use a chemical disinfectant must be drained, cleaned, and sanitized every 72 hours, along with all surfaces that flow into the pool.  Records of the cleaning must be maintained in accordance with the record keeping requirements of these rules.

            (4)  If the hot springs pool or spa or the flow-through hot springs pool or spa is not chemically disinfected, a sign must be conspicuously posted at pool side that states the following in the same words or words of substantially the same meaning: "State law does not require chemical disinfection of this pool (or spa) if it is completely drained and sanitized every 72 hours.  No one with any disease communicable by water is allowed in the pool or spa."

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, 50-53-108, 50-53-115, MCA

 

            RULE CXLV  OTHER SPECIAL PURPOSE POOLS  (1)  Special purpose pools including, but not limited to, wave action pools, rafting rides, wave surf rides, activity pools, catch pools, leisure rivers, vortex pools, interactive play attraction pools, amusement park attraction features, and therapy pools shall meet all requirements of these rules.

            (2)  Any specialty pool or attraction must install and operate all features in compliance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

            (3)  An engineer or architect must oversee plans for all specialty attractions. 

            (4)  The department may set additional requirements for specialty attractions in the following areas as needed to protect public health and safety:

            (a)  lifeguards;

            (b)  minimum times required between users beginning the ride;

            (c)  minimum and maximum water velocities;

            (d)  water turnover time; and

            (e)  required use of Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 19:  ANNUAL LICENSING AND FEES

 

RULE CXLVI  ANNUAL LICENSING AND FEES  (1)  No public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or related facilities as defined in this chapter shall operate without a license.

(2)  A license must be obtained for each separate public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.  A public swimming pool is considered separate if:

(a)  its water does not commingle with water from any other public swimming pool; or

(b)  it is serviced by a separate water filtration system.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CXLVII  LICENSE TO BE RENEWED ANNUALLY  (1)  Licenses must be obtained annually.

(2)  License fees are due on or before January 1 of the license year.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CXLVIII  LICENSE EXPIRATION; CONTINUATION OF LICENSE DURING RENEWAL PROCESS  (1)  A license expires on December 31 of the year of issuance.  However, when a licensee has timely applied for renewal of the license and has submitted the fee and any other documents required, the existing license will continue in effect until the department has completed review of the application for renewal and has determined whether to grant or deny the renewal.

            (2)  Except as provided in (3), if the department denies the application for renewal of the license or newly limits the license, the license will continue in effect until the last day available for seeking review of the agency order or until a later date fixed by order of a reviewing court.

            (3)  If grounds exist to order emergency closure of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, the department may do so in compliance with these rules even though the licensee or license applicant is in the process of challenging the denial or renewal of the license.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-631, 50-53-204, MCA

 

            RULE CXLIX  GRANDFATHER CLAUSE  (1)  Any existing currently licensed and regularly operating swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is entitled to a grandfather clause exemption from any requirement to upgrade to new design and construction standards set in [new subchapters 1 through 22], except as otherwise specifically provided in [new subchapters 1 through 22], until one or more of the following occurs:

            (a)  the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature undergoes reconstruction, remodeling, or renovation;

            (b)  the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature fails for any reason to be operating and open to the public at least 60 days in the calendar year of the license;

            (c)  the license is allowed to lapse or is not timely renewed after notice of renewal has been sent to the licensee;

            (d)  the license has been suspended for 90 days or longer as a penalty for violation of a provision of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA or these rules and the order of suspension is final; or

            (e)  the license has been cancelled and the order of cancellation is final.

            (2)  Where some aspect of a currently licensed pool, spa, or other water feature, such as the physical plant or circulation system, is reconstructed, remodeled, or renovated, it loses its grandfather protection with regard to the area or aspect of the pool, spa, or other water feature being modified.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-104, 50-53-204, 50-53-216, MCA

 

RULE CL  APPLICATION AND FEE FOR LICENSE OR FOR LICENSE RENEWAL  (1)  An application for either an original or a renewal license to operate a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature must be made to the department, must contain the information required by the department, and must be accompanied by the following license fees:

(a)  $200 for any swimming pool or other water feature; or

(b)  $75 for a spa or wading pool with a total water capacity not exceeding 4000 gallons; and

(c)  a late renewal fee of $25 for each calendar month past the license renewal due date that the license fee is not paid.  The pool, spa, or other water feature may not operate until the license fee or late renewal fee are both paid in full.

(2)  Licenses are only valid if signed by an authorized representative of the department.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CLI  LICENSE NOT TRANSFERRABLE  (1)  A license for a pool, spa, or other water feature is nontransferrable.  When a new owner purchases a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, a new license application must be submitted to the department and any new license fees must be paid.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

RULE CLII  LICENSE TO BE DISPLAYED  (1)  The license shall be prominently displayed at the public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            RULE CLIII  RETURN OF LICENSE  (1)  The licensee shall return any license that has been cancelled to the department for destruction of the license and deletion of the listing of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature at issue.

            (2)  Cancellation of a license by the department is effective even if the licensee fails to return the license to the department.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-214, MCA

 

RULE CLIV  WHEN LICENSE NOT REQUIRED  (1)  Licenses are not required for the following:

(a)  natural or recreational bodies of water;

(b)  swimming pools located on private property, including owner-occupied condominium developments, and which are used for swimming or bathing only by the owner, members of the owner's family, or their invited guests;

(c)  swimming pools located in a private apartment complex with fewer than ten apartments and which are used for swimming or bathing only by the tenants or their invited guests;

(d)  hot water baths for single use;

(e)  single unit tourist home pools or spas if they are not used by the parties renting or leasing the home or if the spa is completely drained, cleaned, and refilled between guests;

(f)  spa pools in individual hotel or motel rooms or in individual cabins that are completely drained, cleaned, and refilled between patron use;

(g)  pools or spas at condominium units that are leased for periods of one month or greater; and

(h)  spray pools that drain immediately to waste.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 20:  Inspections

 

            RULE CLV  INSPECTIONS  (1)  Any agent of the department or any other regulatory authority that has jurisdiction over an aspect of the operation of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature may, after showing proper identification, enter any facilities associated with the operation of the public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature at any time the facility has staff present or is operating, and may conduct an inspection to determine compliance with the requirements of these or other applicable rules.  The inspecting agent shall be permitted to examine any records pertaining to the operation, maintenance, or personnel employed at the facility and collect water samples.

            (2)  Whenever an inspection of a public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or related facility is made to determine compliance with these rules, the findings shall be recorded on an inspection form provided by the department.

            (3)  If the inspecting agent determines that one or more violations exist, the inspection form shall be marked to designate the violation the inspector has identified, any correction which needs to be made, and the date by which the correction must be made.

            (4)  A copy of the completed inspection report form shall be furnished to the person in charge of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature at the conclusion of the inspection.  Except for portions of a completed inspection form, which implicate an individual right of privacy, the completed inspection form is a public document that shall be available for public review or distribution to any person upon request and upon payment of a reasonable copying fee.

            (5)  The department may close any public swimming pool, spa, or other water feature not operating in conformity with these rules.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-104, 50-53-105, 50-53-107, 50-53-108, MCA

 

            RULE CLVI  INSPECTIONS BY LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS  (1)  A local board of health may enter into a cooperative agreement with the department to conduct inspections and enforce statutes and rules applicable to swimming pools, spas, and other water features.

            (2)  A local board of health that has entered into a cooperative agreement may have its trained sanitarian conduct the inspections.

            (3)  The local sanitarian must be trained by the department in swimming pool inspection techniques.  The department shall periodically make such training available.

            (4)  Upon request of the department, a local board of health acting under a cooperative agreement shall ensure that its trained sanitarian conducts a prelicensing inspection pursuant to [RULE CLVI].

            (5)  A local board of health acting under a cooperative agreement shall ensure that its trained sanitarian conducts the following annual inspections:

            (a)  at least one full facility inspection and one critical point inspection of each swimming pool, spa, or other water feature that is open and operating on a year round basis; and

            (b)  at least one full facility inspection of each swimming pool, spa, or other water feature that is operated on a seasonal basis.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-104, 50-53-105, 50-53-107, 50-53-108, 50-53-209, MCA

 

            RULE CLVII  VALIDATION OF LICENSE  (1)  If a local board of health has entered into a cooperative agreement with the department to conduct its own inspections and enforcement activities, a license issued by the department is not valid until it is signed by the local health officer of the jurisdiction in which the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is located.

            (2)  Within 15 days of receiving the license from the department, the local health officer shall validate or refuse to validate the license.

            (3)  A local health officer may refuse to validate a license if it has not met the requirements of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, or these rules.

            (4)  If a local health officer refuses to validate a license, the officer shall notify the license applicant and the department within five days of the officer's decision.  The notice must state the grounds for the refusal.

            (5)  The license applicant may appeal a decision by a local health officer to refuse to validate the license to the local board of health within 30 days after the officer's refusal or within 30 days after the period for the officer's decision has expired, whichever is first.

            (6)  A license applicant who has filed a notice of appeal with the local board of health is entitled to a hearing before that board to determine the applicant's eligibility for the license.  The hearing shall be conducted as a contested case hearing under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act.

            (7)  If the local board of health determines that the applicant is entitled to a validated license, the presiding officer of the board shall validate the license by signing the license.

            (8)  Validation is not required if there is no cooperative agreement between the department and the local board of health providing for the local board of health to act as agents of the department to conduct inspections and to enforce applicable statutes and rules relating to swimming pools, spas, and other water features.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-206, 50-53-207, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 21:  ENFORCEMENT

 

            RULE CLVIII  NOTICE OF VIOLATION  (1)  When an inspector has determined that a violation of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, or these rules has occurred, the inspector shall provide a written notice of violation to the on-site operator of the facility which:

            (a)  identifies the factual basis for the alleged violation;

            (b)  identifies any specific statute or administrative rule alleged to have been violated;

            (c)  notifies the licensee or license applicant if the department is ordering the suspension of the license or the emergency closure of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature;

            (d)  notifies the licensee or license applicant or operator of any corrective action the department is ordering as necessary to remedy any violation identified in the notice;

            (e)  notifies the licensee or license applicant of the right to submit a corrective action plan within ten days; and

            (f)  notifies the licensee or license applicant of the right to request a fair hearing to dispute any suspension or cancellation of the license or emergency closure of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or to dispute any corrective action ordered by the department.

            (2)  In a notice of violation, the department may also order the license applicant or licensee to appear before the department within a time specified by the department to show cause why the department should not deny, suspend, or cancel the license or otherwise order compliance with Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and these rules.

            (3)  The suspension of a license or order of emergency closure or any order by the department for corrective action becomes final ten days after it is served upon the licensee or license applicant, unless the licensee or license applicant:

            (a)  requests a fair hearing; or

            (b)  submits a corrective action plan that meets the requirement of 50-53-213, MCA, and [RULE CLX].

            (4)  The written notice of violation may be provided by hand delivery to the licensee, the license applicant, or the facility's on-site operator, by facsimile, or by other electronic means, including, but not limited to, a scan of the notice form sent as an attachment to e-mail.  The written notice of violation shall also be mailed by U.S. mail, postage prepaid, to the licensee or the license applicant at the address provided in the license application.  The service of the notice is complete upon mailing.

            (5)  The department may amend its notice of violation at any time up to seven working days prior to any hearing requested as a result of the notice of violation.  A licensee, license applicant, or operator may request a reasonable delay in any hearing proceedings if the notice of violation is amended within 30 days of the date set for hearing and the nature of the amendment means that the licensee, license applicant, or operator reasonably needs additional time to prepare for the hearing.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-631; 50-53-212, MCA

 

            RULE CLIX  IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF LICENSE; EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF POOL, SPA, OR OTHER WATER FEATURE  (1)  The department may order immediate suspension of any license or may order emergency closure of any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or both if an inspector determines that an operator has refused or failed to immediately close the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature after occurrence of any health or safety violation identified in [RULE V].  Any violation of [RULE V] constitutes an imperative risk to public health, safety, or welfare that requires immediate closure of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (2)  The department may order immediate suspension of the license or may order emergency closure of any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or both if there is any combination of the violations listed in [RULE V] which the inspector determines, taken together in the specific circumstances, present an imperative risk to public health, safety, or welfare requiring immediate closure of the pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (3)  The department may order immediate closure of any swimming pool, spa, or other water feature that is operating without a valid license.

            (4)  If there are other swimming pools, spas, or other water features on the premises, their operation must cease unless the department issues a written determination that:

            (a)  identifies which of the other swimming pools, spas, and other water features are not affected by the violation that is the basis for the emergency closure order; and

            (b)  identifies which of the other swimming pools, spas, and other water features may continue to operate.

            (5)  Where the department has issued an order for immediate suspension of a license or emergency closure of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or both, the department shall immediately proceed under [RULE CLXIV] to order the licensee, license applicant, or operator to appear and show cause why the department should not deny, suspend, or cancel the license or otherwise order compliance with Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and these rules.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-631; 50-53-201; 50-53-211; 50-53-212, MCA

 

            RULE CLX  CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN  (1)  An operator of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature may submit a plan of correction to the department within ten days of receiving any notice of violation.

            (2)  Submission of a plan of correction will bar any further administrative enforcement action by the department against the operator if:

            (a)  the department approves the plan in writing, including the time proposed by the operator to correct the violation; and

            (b)  the operator complies with the corrective action plan within the time period prescribed by the department.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-212, 50-53-213, MCA

 

            RULE CLXI  REOPENING AFTER EMERGENCY CLOSURE  (1)  If the license of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature was suspended and an emergency closure ordered, the department may require an in-person inspection of the facility to verify that the problem has been corrected.  Alternatively, depending upon the circumstances and the nature of the violation, the department may choose to accept other forms of documentation to support reopening the pool, including, but not limited to, such things as faxes or scans of water quality test results, test results provided to the department by an independent laboratory, photographs, or video footage.

            (2)  If the department determines that an in-person inspection is needed to verify that the problem has been corrected, that shall occur within five working days after the department has received written notification from the licensee, license applicant or facility operator that the problem has been resolved.  The department may request that a local health department that has entered into a cooperative agreement with the department for inspection of pools have one of its qualified inspectors conduct the in-person inspection. 

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-104, 50-53-212, 50-53-213, MCA

 

            RULE CLXII  OTHER ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS, RECOVERY OF COSTS BY THE DEPARTMENT   (1)  The submission of a plan of correction by a licensee, license applicant, or operator of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature does not bar the department from pursuing any other remedies available in Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, including, but not limited to, seeking:

            (a)  criminal misdemeanor prosecution; or

            (b)  civil penalties; or

            (c)  injunctive relief; or

            (d)  an order for summary abatement of a public nuisance.

            (2)  Where the department pursues civil or criminal action to enforce Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, or [new subchapters 1 through 22] or any condition of a license or to assess civil penalties, the court may assess the licensee, the license applicant, or the operator the costs of investigation and the costs of the criminal or civil action, including reasonable attorney fees.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:  50-53-104, 50-53-109, 50-53-216, 50-53-217, MCA

 

NEW SUBCHAPTER 22:  RIGHT TO HEARING, HEARING PROCEDURES

 

            RULE CLXIII  REQUEST FOR FAIR HEARING  (1)  A licensee or license applicant may request a fair hearing to contest any denial, suspension, or cancellation of a license or any corrective action ordered by the department.

            (2)  A request for fair hearing must be in writing and must specify the alleged mistakes in facts or law relied upon by the department.

            (3)  Hearing requests must be mailed or delivered to the department's Office of Fair Hearings, P.O. Box 202953, 2401 Colonial Drive, 3rd Floor, Helena, MT  59620-2953.

            (4)  A request for fair hearing to contest an order for suspension or cancellation of a license or to contest corrective action ordered by the department must be received by the Office of Fair Hearings within ten days after the department serves the written notice of violation upon the licensee, license applicant, or on-site operator of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature.

            (5)  Fair hearings are held pursuant to the contested case procedures of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act (MAPA) and the applicable provisions of ARM Title 37, chapter 5, subchapter 3.

            (6)  Hearing shall be held in Helena, Montana, unless the department agrees that it is necessary for the hearing examiner to conduct an on-site visit of the facility in which the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is located.  In that case, the hearing or a portion of the hearing may be held in a location convenient to where the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is located.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-631, 50-53-213, MCA

 

            RULE CLXIV  SHOW CAUSE HEARING  (1)  The department may set a show cause hearing requiring a licensee, license applicant, or operator to appear and show cause why the department should not deny, suspend, or cancel a license or otherwise require compliance with Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and [new subchapters 1 through 22].

            (2)  Show cause hearings are held pursuant to the contested case procedures of the Montana Administrative Act and the applicable provisions of ARM Title 37, chapter 5, subchapter 3.

            (3)  The department may initiate a show cause hearing by including in a notice of violation an order for the licensee, license applicant, or operator to appear before the department within ten days to show cause why the license should not be denied, suspended, cancelled, or why other compliance with Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and [new subchapters 1 through 22] should not be ordered.

            (4)  The notice of violation containing the show cause order may be hand delivered to the licensee, license applicant, or operator, but shall also be served by U.S. mail, postage prepaid, by internal departmental mail, or by facsimile, or other electronic means followed by a hard copy.  Service of the request for a show cause hearing is complete upon mailing or electronic delivery.

            (5)  Hearing shall be held in Helena, Montana, unless the department agrees that it is necessary for the hearing examiner to conduct an on-site visit of the facility in which the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is located.  In that case, the hearing or a portion of the hearing may be held in a location convenient to where the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is located.

 

AUTH:  5O-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-631, 50-53-212, 50-53-213, MCA

 

            RULE CLXV  PREHEARING PROCEDURES  (1)  Upon receipt of a request for fair hearing or a notice of violation containing an order to appear and show cause, the Office of Fair Hearings shall appoint a hearing examiner.

            (2)  The hearing examiner shall set a scheduling conference to be held by telephone within ten days after the request for hearing or the notice of violation containing the order to show cause is received by the Office of Fair Hearing.  The licensee, license applicant, or operator of the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature may agree to set the scheduling conference at a later date.

            (3)  At the telephone scheduling conference, the hearing examiner shall:

            (a)  set the date, time, and physical location for the hearing;

            (b)  set deadlines for any discovery requested by the parties;

            (c)  set deadlines for exchange of witness lists and exchange of exhibits; and

            (d)  set a date by which any prehearing order required by the hearing examiner shall be filed by the parties.

            (4)  Following the scheduling conference, the hearing examiner shall issue a written order that:

            (a)  sets out its rulings on the issues listed in (3);

            (b)  notifies the parties that the proceedings are a contested case proceeding under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act;

            (c)  notifies the parties that formal proceedings may be waived under 2-4-603, MCA;

            (d)  provides the legal authority and jurisdiction of the hearing examiner;

            (e)  a reference to the particular sections of the statutes and rules involved;

            (f)  a short plain statement of the matters asserted; and

            (g)  a statement that a formal proceeding may be waived pursuant to 2-4-603, MCA.

            (5)  The hearing examiner may require the parties to submit a prehearing order signed by the representatives or both parties which includes such things as: the parties' contentions, any agreed facts or other stipulations, the issues of fact and law, witnesses, expert witnesses, exhibits, and any relevant statutes and rules, and the anticipated length of hearing.  The parties may use electronic signatures to sign and submit the prehearing order.

            (6)  If a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature has been closed, the hearing examiner shall expedite the proceedings to the extent possible while still providing the parties reasonable time for discovery.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-601, 2-4-602, 2-4-631, MCA

 

            RULE CLXVI  HEARING, ORDER OF PRESENTATION, BURDENS OF PROOF  (1)  In a hearing concerning adverse action or proposed adverse action against an existing license, the department shall present its case-in-chief first during the hearing to establish the background facts and the basis for the action or proposed action.  The department shall have the burden to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that there is a reasonable basis for the department to take the adverse action.  The licensee shall then have the opportunity to present its case-in-chief.  The licensee has the burden of persuasion to establish that there is not a reasonable basis for the adverse action or proposed adverse action against the existing license.  The department shall have the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence.

            (2)  In a hearing concerning the denial or proposed denial of a license, the department shall open the hearing by providing evidence to establish the background facts and any reasons relied upon by the department for the denial of the license or the proposed denial of the license.  The license applicant or operator shall then present its case-in-chief.  The license applicant has the burden of proof to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the denial of the license has no reasonable basis and that all requirements of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and [new subchapters 1 through 22] have been met and the license applicant is therefore entitled to the license.  The department shall then have an opportunity to present its case-in-chief.  The department has the burden of persuasion to show that there is some reasonable basis for denial of the license or that the license applicant has not met all requirements of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and [new subchapters 1 through 22].  The license applicant or operator shall have the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence.

            (3)  If the department has established by a preponderance of the evidence that there have been violations of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, or [new subchapters 1 through 22], the department's exercise of discretion in deciding the level of negative licensing action to take must be upheld unless the hearing examiner finds that in light of all the circumstances, the penalty the department has imposed or proposed to impose is so disproportionate or excessive as to be arbitrary and capricious.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-611, 2-4-612, 2-4-614, 2-4-631, 26-1-401, MCA

 

            RULE CLXVII  LIMITS ON CONSIDERATION OF PRIOR VIOLATIONS 

            (1)  Except as provided in (2) and (3), the hearing examiner may not consider any prior violations that were included on a notice of violation delivered to the licensee, license applicant, or operator of a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature if satisfactory corrective action was taken and accepted by the department or if the licensee, license applicant, or operator requested a fair hearing to challenge the notice of violation and prevailed.

            (2)  The hearing examiner may consider any related prior violations or any history of a pattern of unrelated prior violations to support the violations that are the basis for the request for the order to show cause if satisfactory corrective action was not taken and accepted by the department and if the licensee, license applicant, or operator did not timely request and prevail at a fair hearing.  Any previous violation cited at the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature is deemed admitted unless it was timely contested.

            (3)  The hearing examiner may consider any history of corrective action that was taken in response to a notice of violation and that was accepted by the department only for the limited purpose of determining whether the history of past violations taken together with the current violations supports a penalty as severe as the level of adverse action imposed by or requested by the department or whether the department's imposition of the penalty or proposed penalty is so severe as to be arbitrary and capricious.  In considering any such prior violations, the hearing examiner shall weigh the frequency and the seriousness of the prior violations and the willingness and ability the licensee has demonstrated in the past to take corrective action that prevented reoccurrence of violations.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     2-4-612, 26-1-103, 26-1-501, 26-1-502, 26-1-602, 26-1-605, 26-1-606, 26-1-623, MCA

 

            RULE  CLXVIII  RECORD, TRANSCRIPT, COSTS OF TRANSCRIPTION 

            (1)  The hearing examiner shall maintain the record as provided in 2-4-214, MCA, including all pleadings, all evidence submitted, all prehearing rulings, and either an audio recorded or stenographic transcription of the hearing.

            (2)  A party who requests that a court reporter attend the hearing to provide a record must pay the costs of the court reporter's time spent at the hearing.  If more than one party requests a court reporter, any fee for the court reporter's time spent at hearing shall be split among the requesting parties. 

            (3)  The stenographic record of oral proceedings or any part of the stenographic record must be transcribed on request of any party.

            (4)  The cost of transcription of any portion of the record, whether transcribed from an audio recording or from a court reporter's electronic or other notes, must be paid by the party requesting that portion of the record.  If both parties request copies of a transcript, the transcription costs, including the costs of a transcript to be provided to the hearing examiner or to a court on judicial review, will be split between the parties and each party shall pay for its own copy of the transcript.

            (5)  The court reporter shall submit an invoice with the transcript when it is furnished.  The court reporter may withhold delivery of the transcript until the transcription fee is paid or satisfactory arrangements have been made for payment of the transcript.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      2-4-614, 3-5-604, MCA.

 

            4.  The rules proposed to be amended provide as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined.

 

            37.5.117  CERTAIN TITLE 50 PROGRAMS AND OTHER PROGRAMS FOR WHICH NO PROCEDURE IS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED:  APPLICABLE HEARING PROCEDURES  (1) through (1)(e) remain the same.

            (f)  licensure and enforcement of public swimming pools, spas and other water features and bathing place licensure and enforcement under Title 50, chapter 53, MCA;

            (g) through (1)(v) remain the same.

 

AUTH:  50-1-202, 53-2-201, 53-6-113, MCA

IMP:     41-3-1103, 41-3-1142, 42-10-104, 50-1-202, 50-4-612, 50-5-103, 50-6-103, 50-6-402, 50-15-102, 50-15-103, 50-15-121, 50-15-122, 50-31-104, 50-52-102, 50-53-103, 52-2-111, 53-2-201, 53-4-1004, 53-6-101, 53-6-111, 53-6-113, 53-6-402, 53-20-305, 53-24-208,  MCA

 

            37.5.304  DEFINITIONS  For purposes of this subchapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:

            (1) through (1)(m) remain the same.

            (n)  a department's substantiation determination of a report of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation under ARM Title 37, chapter 47, subchapter 6; or

            (o)  a determination by the department regarding a pharmaceutical manufacturer's rebate due under ARM Title 37, chapter 86, subchapter 11. ; or

(p)  an action by the department to:

(i)  deny, suspend or cancel a license for a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature;

(ii)  issue an order immediately closing the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature; or

(iii)  order corrective action to be taken at a swimming pool, spa, other water feature.

(2) through (12) remain the same.

AUTH:  2-4-201, 41-3-208, 41-3-1142, 52-2-111, 52-2-112, 52-2-403, 52-2-704, 52-3-304, 52-3-804, 53-2-201, 53-2-606, 53-2-803, 53-3-102, 53-3-107, 53-4-111, 53-4-212, 53-4-403, 53-4-503, 53-5-304, 53-5-504, 53-6-111, 53-6-113, 53-7-102, 53-20-305, MCA

IMP:     50-53-101, 50-53-102, 50-53-103, 50-53-104, 50-53-106, 50-53-107, MCA

 

37.95.127  DAY CARE FACILITIES SWIMMING  (1)  Children may not be allowed to use a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature unless it and the surrounding area are constructed and operated in accordance with ARM 37.95.227 [new subchapters 1 through 22].

(2)  Portable wading pools, as defined in ARM 37.95.102 [new subchapters 1 through 22], are permitted in day care facilities.

(a) through (8) remain the same.

 

AUTH: 52-2-704, MCA

IMP:    52-2-731, 52-2-735, MCA

 

37.95.227  SWIMMING POOLS  (1)  In regard to swimming, a day care center must:

(a)  allow children to use only a swimming pool which is constructed and operated in accordance with ARM Title 37, chapter 111, subchapter 11 [new subchapters 1 through 22] and in accordance with ARM 37.95.127;

(b) and (c) remain the same.

 

AUTH:  52-2-735, 53-4-506, MCA

IMP:     52-2-735, 53-4-506, MCA

 

            37.106.2506  RETIREMENT HOMES:  SWIMMING POOLS, AND SPAS, AND OTHER WATER FEATURES  (1)  The construction and operation of any swimming area, swimming pool, spa, or other water feature, hot springs pool, or spa which serves a retirement home must comply with the licensing procedures and requirements of Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and ARM Title 37, chapter 111, subchapters 10 and 11. [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII].

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:     50-53-103, 50-5-214, MCA

 

            37.111.104  PRECONSTRUCTION REVIEW  (1) through (1)(e) remain the same.

            (f)  specifications for a swimming pool, or spa, facility or other water feature to serve the establishment unless the swimming pool or spa, facility or other water feature has been previously approved by the department;

            (g) through (3) remain the same.

 

AUTH:  50-51-103, MCA

IMP:     50-51-103, MCA

 

            37.111.123  SWIMMING AND BATHING AREAS POOLS, SPAS, AND OTHER FEATURES  (1)  The department hereby adopts and incorporates by reference ARM Title 16, chapter 10, subchapter 12 and Title 37, chapter 111, subchapter 10, [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII] stating construction and operating requirements for swimming pools and swimming areas, spas, and other water features.  A copy of ARM Title 16, chapter 10, subchapter 12 and Title 37, chapter 111, subchapter 10 [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII] may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Health Policy and Services Division, Food and Consumer Safety Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951.

            (2)  The construction and operation of any swimming pool, hot bath, mineral bath, or public swimming place spa, or other water feature which serves an establishment shall be in accordance with Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and ARM Title 16, chapter 10, subchapter 12 and Title 37, chapter 111, subchapter 10 [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII].

 

AUTH:  50-51-103, MCA

IMP:     50-51-103, MCA

 

            37.111.305  PRELICENSURE REVIEW AND APPROVAL  (1) through (2)(d) remain the same.

            (e)  specifications for a swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or spa facility to serve the establishment unless the swimming pool, spa, or other water feature or spa facility has been previously approved by the department;

            (f) through (l) remain the same.

 

AUTH:  50-51-103, 50-51-108, MCA

IMP:     50-51-103, MCA

 

            37.111.339  SWIMMING POOLS, SPAS, AND OTHER WATER FEATURES AND BATHING AREAS  (1)  Any swimming pool, spa, or public swimming place other water feature that exists in a bed and breakfast establishment for guest use must be constructed and operated in compliance with Title 50, chapter 53, MCA, and ARM Title 37, chapter 111, subchapters 10 and 11 [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII].

            (2) and (3) remain the same.

            (4)  Copies of ARM Title 37, chapter 111, subchapters 10 and 11 [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII] may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Food and Consumer Safety Section, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, MT 59620-2951.

 

AUTH:  50-51-103, 50-51-108, MCA

IMP:     50-51-103, MCA

 

            37.111.504  PRECONSTRUCTION REVIEW  (1)  Before commencement of construction of a new youth camp or of an addition to or alteration of an existing youth camp, plans for its construction must be submitted to the department for review to determine if the standards in this subchapter are met; such plans must include whichever of the following are applicable:

            (a)  Scaled plan of the camp, including location of boundary lines, all buildings, sewage systems, water supplies, natural and manmade hazards, any swimming facilities, pools, spas, or other water features, all toilet facilities, streams, lakes, and any other physical feature pertinent to this subchapter;

            (b) through (f) remain the same.

            (g)  Specifications for a swimming or spa facility pool, spa, or other water feature to serve the youth camp unless that facility has been previously approved by the department;

            (h) through (4) remain the same.

 

AUTH:  50-52-102, MCA

IMP:     50-52-102, MCA

 

            37.111.523  SWIMMING AND BATHING AREAS POOLS, SPAS, AND OTHER WATER FEATURES  (1)  The construction and operation of any swimming pool, spa, or other swimming area water feature owned and utilized by the youth camp must be in accordance with the standards pertaining to the type of facility in question contained in Title 37, chapter 110, subchapters 10 (swimming areas) or 11 (swimming pools and spas) of the Administrative Rules of Montana [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII].

            (2)  The department hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the rules in ARM Title 37, chapter 110, subchapters 10 and 11, [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII] which establish construction, equipment, and operation standards for swimming areas and swimming pools and spas, respectively.  Copies of Title 37, chapter 110, subchapters 10 or 11 [RULE I through RULE CLXVIII] may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Health Policy and Services Division, Food and Consumer Safety Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951.

 

AUTH:  50-52-102, MCA

IMP:     50-52-102, MCA

 

5.  The department proposes to repeal the following rules:

 

            37.111.1001  DEFINITIONS, is found at page 37-27991 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-102, 50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1002  PRECONSTRUCTION REVIEW, is found at page 37-27991 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1003  PRELIMINARY INSPECTION, is found at page 37-27991 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1010  WATER SUPPLY, is found at page 37-27997 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1011  GARBAGE:  STORAGE AND DISPOSAL, is found at page 37-27997 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1012  TOILET FACILITIES, is found at page 37-27997 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1013  BATHHOUSE, is found at page 37-27998 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:   50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1021  SAFETY REQUIREMENTS, is found at page 37-28807 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            37.111.1022  DIVING BOARD AND AREA, is found at page 37-28008 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, 50-53-107, MCA

 

            37.111.1023  OPERATING REQUIREMENTS, is found at page 37-28009 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.

 

AUTH:  50-53-103, MCA

IMP:      50-53-103, MCA

 

            37.111.1024  INSPECTIONS, is found at page 28009 of the Administrative Rules of Montana.