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H.B. 405





Chief Sponsor: Kenneth W. Sumsion

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Health Code to provide certain exemptions from swimming pool
             10      regulations for geothermal pools and natural springs.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms; and
             14          .    exempts geothermal pools and cold springs from certain health department
             15      regulations of public swimming pools.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          26-15-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 146
             23          26-15-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 25
             24      ENACTS:
             25          26-15-2.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 26-15-1 is amended to read:
             29           26-15-1. Definitions.
             30          As used in this chapter:
             31          (1) "Cold spring" means a flow-through public pool in which the water:
             32          (a) is derived exclusively from a natural spring; and
             33          (b) does not exceed 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
             34          (2) "Flow-through public pool" means a public pool fed by a continuous supply of
             35      water that causes an equal volume of water to overflow to waste.
             36          [(1)] (3) (a) "Food handler" means any person working part-time or full-time in a food
             37      service establishment who moves food or food containers, prepares, stores, or serves food;
             38      comes in contact with any food, utensil, tableware or equipment; or washes the same. The term
             39      also includes owners, supervisors, and management persons, and any other person working in a
             40      food-service establishment. The term also includes any operator or person employed by one
             41      who handles food dispensed through vending machines; or who comes into contact with food
             42      contact surfaces or containers, equipment, utensils, or packaging materials used in connection
             43      with vending machine operations; or who otherwise services or maintains one or more vending
             44      machines.
             45          (b) "Food handler" does not include a producer of food products selling food at a
             46      farmers market as defined in Subsection 4-5-2 (5).
             47          (4) "Geothermal pool" means a flow-through public pool, which uses geothermal
             48      water.
             49          (5) "Geothermal water" means water derived from and heated exclusively from the
             50      natural heat energy from the earth.
             51          [(2)] (6) "Pest" means a noxious, destructive, or troublesome organism whether plant
             52      or animal, when found in and around places of human occupancy, habitation, or use which
             53      threatens the public health or well being of the people within the state.
             54          [(3)] (7) "Vector" means any organism, such as insects or rodents, that transmits a
             55      pathogen that can affect public health.
             56          Section 2. Section 26-15-2 is amended to read:
             57           26-15-2. Minimum rules of sanitation established by department.
             58          The department shall establish and enforce, or provide for the enforcement of minimum

             59      rules of sanitation necessary to protect the public health. Such rules shall include, but not be
             60      limited to, rules necessary for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, or expansion
             61      of:
             62          (1) restaurants and all places where food or drink is handled, sold or served to the
             63      public;
             64          (2) public swimming pools, except as provided in Section 26-15-2.5 ;
             65          (3) public baths including saunas, spas, massage parlors, and suntan parlors, except as
             66      provided in Section 26-15-2.5 ;
             67          (4) public bathing beaches;
             68          (5) schools which are publicly or privately owned or operated;
             69          (6) recreational resorts, camps, and vehicle parks;
             70          (7) amusement parks and all other centers and places used for public gatherings;
             71          (8) mobile home parks and highway rest stops;
             72          (9) construction or labor camps;
             73          (10) jails, prisons and other places of incarceration or confinement;
             74          (11) hotels and motels;
             75          (12) lodging houses and boarding houses;
             76          (13) service stations;
             77          (14) barbershops and beauty shops;
             78          (15) physician and dentist offices;
             79          (16) public buildings and grounds;
             80          (17) public conveyances and terminals; and
             81          (18) commercial tanning facilities.
             82          Section 3. Section 26-15-2.5 is enacted to read:
             83          26-15-2.5. Geothermal pool and cold springs exemptions.
             84          (1) This section applies to the department and a local health department created under
             85      Title 26A, Local Health Authorities.
             86          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), geothermal pools and cold springs are
             87      exempt from public swimming pool requirements and public bath requirements related to:
             88          (a) disinfectants and chemical feeders;
             89          (b) acid based chemistry requirements;

             90          (c) recirculation requirements related to:
             91          (i) pumps;
             92          (ii) skimmers;
             93          (iii) filters;
             94          (iv) water disinfection equipment;
             95          (v) drains; and
             96          (vi) other disinfectant equipment designed to completely recirculate the pool volume of
             97      water; and
             98          (d) water temperature requirements.
             99          (3) The department may apply requirements exempted under Subsection (2), only to
             100      the extent necessary to protect the public health, if the department can demonstrate that:
             101          (a) (i) the geothermal pool or cold spring has consistently exceeded bacterial levels of
             102      200 fecal coliforms per 50 milliliters; and
             103          (ii) any requirements of Subsection (2) which the department intends to impose on the
             104      geothermal pool are necessary to protect the public health; or
             105          (b) (i) the geothermal pool has consistently exceeded a water temperature of 125
             106      degrees Fahrenheit; and
             107          (ii) any requirements in Subsection (2) which the department intends to impose on the
             108      geothermal pool are necessary to protect the public health.
             109          (4) A change in ownership or remodeling of the facilities of an existing geothermal
             110      pool or cold spring does not change the exemption provided by this section.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-16-09 4:58 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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