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H2O Links

ConsumerWatch.com provides up-to-date information on pool safety, and helps to warn consumers about product recalls.

This Web site provides information for swimmers, pool operators, and public health professionals to improve the swimming experience by raising awareness about the spread of recreational water illnesses (RWIs). www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming

NSPI’s efforts to promote the safe and enjoyable use of pools/spas and hot tubs include a variety of free publications available to consumers; information and resource services for the news media; and an aquatic safety campaign which reached more than 350 million U.S residents in 2001. Consumers can request brochures on health and exercise tips, safety, pool and hot tub purchase planning, maintenance considerations, and more or a referral to the nearest NSPI member by calling 1-800-323-3996. Consumers will also find information about pool and hot tub ownership atwww.nspi.org

Official YMCA swimming site: www.ymcaswimminganddiving.org

USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming. They administer competitive swimming in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act. They provide programs and services for their members, supporters, affiliates and the interested public. Cool site to find out who might be on the next U.S.A. Olympic swim team. http://www.usswim.org

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® is a non-profit international organization dedicated to improving public health by creating a safer aquatic environment through education and research and attracting more people to aquatic exercise. The foundation works toward its mission with educational products like the Certified Pool-Spa Operator® training, Certified Pool-Spa InspectorTMtraining, Aquatic Safety CompendiumTM, and the World Aquatic HealthTM Conference. The foundation’s Certified Pool-Spa Operator® (CPO®) program is the world’s leading education program for pool and spa operators and health officials, certifying over 200,000 from 45 countries. Proceeds from educational programs are reinvested in research grants, graduate research fellowships, and educational programs. www.nspf.org

The mission of the Recreational Health and Beach Safety Program is to safeguard life, health, and property and public welfare by promoting and assuring the safety of recreational waters through the development of protective standards, regulations, and monitoring requirements.

The Recreational Health and Beach Safety Program works with the general public, industry, State government, and local government to promote and assure the safety of recreational waters throughout the State. This program is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives to systemically attack the underlying causes of preventable disease and hazardous conditions associated with our coastal waters, swimming pools and other recreational waters. Presently, this program allocates over $1.5 million dollars in assistance funding to local government through contracts to test the waters along public beaches to ensure that they are safe for recreational activities. If the water quality is unsafe then local governments are required to close or restrict the uses of beaches and advise the public. This program also allows the Department to address and resolve environmental health and safety conditions that are caused by federal, state and local program deficiencies and differences in these areas.
www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/ddwem/environmental/Rec_Health.