Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Law in North Carolina Could Force Closure of Some Public Swimming Pools

In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, there are only a couple more weeks before public pools open for the summer, but some may not open because they are not certified as safe.

State officials are enforcing the Virginia Graeme Baker Pools and Spa Safety Act.

The act requires public pools take actions to prevent swimmers from being sucked into pool drains.

Winston-Salem Parks and Rec workers started upgrading before last summer. They spent $38,000 converting pool drain covers to meet new state and federal laws.

While Winston-Salem expects all city pools to be compliant, it is estimated that 1 out of 5 pools in the county currently do not meet the regulations.

"Every public swimming pool in the state of North Carolina as of May 1st has to have submitted documentation proving compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act or they will not open their pools," a County Environmental Health Specialist explained.

The new law applies to pools at apartment complexes, hotels, country clubs, and public parks.

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