|(a) Scope and purpose. This subchapter addresses minimum
standards for the design and construction of artificial swimming lagoons.
The rules in this subchapter establish minimum operating standards
for artificial swimming lagoons to ensure proper filtration, chemical
balance, and maintenance of the water for the safety of users, and
to reduce to a practical minimum the possibility of drowning or injury
to users. This subchapter implements Texas Health and Safety Code, §341.064(g)
authorized by Texas Health and Safety Code, §341.002, and the
rules are considered good public health engineering practices.
(b) Application of the rules. This subchapter applies
to all artificial swimming lagoons, regardless of the date of construction,
unless otherwise specified.
(c) Date of construction. The date of construction
of the artificial swimming lagoon is the date that a building permit
for construction is issued or, if no building permit is required,
the date that excavation or electrical service begins, whichever is
earlier, in which case the artificial swimming lagoon owner or operator
must produce adequate written documentation of that fact.
(d) Local regulatory authority. A local regulatory
authority that has jurisdiction for the regulation of the artificial
swimming lagoon may adopt standards equivalent to or more stringent
than this subchapter, with the exception of a department-approved
alternate method of disinfectant, that are in accordance with good
public health engineering and safety practices.
(e) Effective date. The effective date of this subchapter
is March 1, 2020.