September 30, 2011
Deadline to Make Swimming Pool Drains Safer – October 1, 2011
State health department closing non-compliant pools
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – On October 1, 2011, licensed swimming facilities in Illinois must comply with state suction entrapment regulations or they will be closed in an effort to protect the public’s health. Roughly 85 percent of all licensed swimming facilities in Illinois have already complied, but there are approximately 500 municipal, park district, school and hotel pools still out of compliance.
In December 2007 the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was signed into law, mandating the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforce mandatory suction entrapment regulations for all pools and spas.
Starting in 2008, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued six memoranda to all swimming facility licensees addressing the need to comply with suction entrapment regulations.
A list of facilities not complying with the code is posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pdf/Noncompliant_Swimming_Fac_List_9-30-11.pdf
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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