Recreational Water

Healthy Swimming and Recreational Waters

Pools, water parks, and other water-related venues are great sources of fun and exercise, however, with aquatic activities there are risks of waterborne illness and injury. 

Pools and similar facilities can harbor pathogens that make us sick, and sometimes the chemicals intended to inactivate these pathogens can irritate our skin, eyes and lungs.  Fortunately, most of these risks are preventable.  Environmental health professionals can work with aquatic-industry leaders and the public to minimize these risks so we can all enjoy the benefits of recreational water safely.

 

CDC's Healthy and Safe Swimming Week May 22 - 28, 2017   

According to the US Census, there are over 30 million swimmer visits each year in the United states. CDC's Healthy and Safe Swimming (HSS) week helps create awareness around potential illness and injuries that can occur when enjoying recational waters. The 2017 HSS Week toolkit contains a cover letter, community outreach suggestions, list of resources, sample press release, sample op-ed, sample proclamation, and suggested social media messages that are available and free to use.

Health and Safe Swimming Week Toolkit


Aquatic Healthy and Safety Infographic

NEHA Aquatic health and safety infographic

Download Aquatic Healthy and Safety InfographiC (PDF) 


NEW! CDC Updates the MAHC

The updated MAHC incorporates revisions that were suggested at the bi-annual Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). The suggestions were categorized, opened for discussion to the CMAHC membership, reviewed again and accepted revisions are added to the MAHC. The CDC website offers a variety of ways to review the changes made as well as PDF versions of the revised code.

The Model Aquatic Health Code

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

MAHC is a collaborative effort of public health, academia, and industry. By providing a model code based on the latest science, the MAHC strives to keep swimming healthy and protect individuals, families, and communities from preventable waterborne diseases and injuries. The MAHC encourages stakeholder involvement, so please make your swimming pool program aware of the following resources and opportunities to get involved.

Updated Model Code Now Available! 
CDC has released an updated 2016 version of the MAHC. The review process is organized by the Council for the Model Aquatic and will be done bi-annually.

To learn more about the MAHC, view the 2015 AEC presentation:

ACT ON THE MAHC  


Meet the CMAHC

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) will serve as a key CDC partner by serving as a national clearinghouse for gathering stakeholder input and advice on needed improvements to the MAHC. Consider joining today.

Questions? Email mahc@cdc.gov


EH20 Recreational Water Virtual ConferenceEH2O Recreational Water Virtual Conference Logo Beach Ball and Water Drop

NEHA is excited to announce its second virtual conference, which will focus on recreational water, happening January 18 and 19, 2017!

The EH2O Conference is designed to enhance the knowledge of environmental health professionals in order to help them better prepare to respond to environmental events of public health concern as well as to bring professionals together in a unique virtual environment to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in recreational water and public health.

Conference content will include topics such as

  • Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC);
  • aquatic facilities;
  • research on aquatic facilities;
  • new technologies in recreational water;
  • lessons learned;
  • inspection successes; and
  • stories from the field, among others.

LEARN MORE ABOUT EH2O VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

 

Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission period is now open and will remain open until October 28 at 7pm EST. 

VIEW ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (PDF)

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