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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 265GENERAL SANITATION
SUBCHAPTER LPUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS
RULE §265.198Pool or Spa Water Supply and Drinking Water for All Pools and Spas

(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 inspection.

  (3) Chemical analysis shall be for the secondary constituent levels set out by 30 TAC §290.118 (relating to Secondary Constituent Levels).

    (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.


Source Note: The provisions of this §265.198 adopted to be effective January 1, 2021, 45 TexReg 9529

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