|(a) Water supply. For all pools and spas, the initial
fill water and make-up water used to maintain the water level and
water used as a vehicle for sanitizers or other chemicals, for pump
priming, or for other additions shall be from a public water system
as defined by 30 TAC §290.38 (relating to Definitions) or from
a water well that complies with the requirements of subsection (d)
of this section.
(b) Water distribution system. All portions of the
water distribution system shall be protected against backflow and
back siphonage using a high hazard preventer such as a reduced-pressure-principle
backflow preventer meeting the requirements of the American Society
of Sanitary Engineering Standard 1013 2013, as amended, and approved
for use in potable water systems possibly subjected to back siphonage
or high back pressure, or an air gap designed to ASME Standard A112.1.2.
(c) Over-the-rim spouts. Over-the-rim spouts shall
be located under a diving board, adjacent to a ladder, or otherwise
shielded so as not to create a hazard. The open end of the spout shall
have a secured soft pliable end and shall not protrude more than 2
inches beyond the edge of the pool. The open end shall be separated
from the water by an air gap of not less than 1.5 pipe diameters measured
from the pipe outlet to the rim.
(d) Private water supply. If the water supply providing
water to the pool or spa does not meet the definition of a public
water system, as defined in subsection (a) of this section, that water
supply shall comply with the following requirements.
(1) Water pressure system shall:
(A) be designed to maintain a minimum pressure of 35
pounds per square inch (psi) at all points within the distribution
network at flow rates of at least 1.5 gallons per minute per connection.
(B) be designed to maintain a minimum pressure of 20
psi under combined fire and drinking water flow conditions when the
system is intended to provide firefighting capability; and
(C) maintain a minimum distribution pressure not less
than 20 psi at any time.
(2) Coliform testing of the well water shall be performed
each month the pool or spa is open for use. Records of any bacteriological
tests shall be kept on-site for three years and made available during
(3) Chemical analysis shall be for the secondary constituent
levels set out by 30 TAC §290.118 (relating to Secondary Constituent
(A) Water samples for chemical analysis obtained from
the entry point to the distribution system shall be submitted to a
laboratory certified by the TCEQ once every 3 years.
(B) Records of all chemical testing shall be kept on-site
for three years and made available during inspection.
(e) Drinking water provided. At least one drinking
water fountain or other source of drinking water such as bottled water,
shall be provided and available for pool and spa users at all pools
and spas constructed on or after October 1, 1999, and shall be available
at all times the pool or spa is open for use. A faucet, spigot or
sink does not satisfy the requirements for providing drinking water.
Glass containers shall not be allowed on a deck, in the pool or spa,
or anywhere within the pool/spa yard.
(1) The drinking water is not required to be chilled.
(2) The drinking water is not required to be located
in the pool or spa yard.
(3) When the drinking water is not located in the pool
or spa yard, a sign with letters a minimum of 1 inch in height shall
be posted so that it is visible to users that informs the users of
the location of the drinking water.
(f) Hose bibs. Hose bibs in the pool or spa yard shall
be protected with a vacuum breaker.