The CDC is offering considerations for the safety of those who operate, manage and use public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds during COVID-19.
In January 2018 the New Jersey Department of Health adopted changes to the Public Recreational Bathing Regulations (N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et. seq.). These changes affect the bacteriological sampling and processing of public recreational bathing facilities. Click here to view these changes as published in the New Jersey Register.Here is the complete publication of the new Regulations, effective January 16, 2018.
Here is a link to an EnviroPolitics Blog video with Lab Director Harvey Klein, M.S., discussing the proposed Public Recreational Bathing Regs and Drinking Water standards.
The New Jersey State Department of Health has set bacterial and chemical standards for public recreational bathing waters (N.J.A.C. 8:26-1 et seq). These regulations govern construction, safety, operations and water quality.
New Chlorine Stabilizer (Cyanuric Acid) Recommendations
Effect of Cyanuric Acid on the Inactivation of Cryptosporidium parvum under Hyperchlorination Conditions: Jennifer L. Murphy,† Michael J. Arrowood,† Xin Lu,† Michele C. Hlavsa,† Michael J. Beach,†and Vincent R. Hill†; †Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, United States: (c) American Chemical Society, Environmental Science and Technology 2015, 49, 7348−7355
New Rapid Pool Testing Methods
Garden State Labs is using new bacteriological testing methods.
The New Jersey State Department of Health has set free chlorine and bromine levels in public
recreational bathing waters.
Free Chlorine levels in both indoor and outdoor swimming pools shall be 1.0 to 10.0 ppm. In whirlpools, spas and hot tubs the free chlorine shall be 2.0 to 10.0 ppm.
The standard for bromine in swimming pools, whirlpools, spas and hot tubs is 2.0 to 10.0 ppm.
Swimming pool, whirlpool, spa and hot tub water shall be within acceptable standards for other parameters such as pH, 7.2 to 7.8 pH standard units, combined chlorine not exceed 0.2 ppm, stabilizer (cyanuric acid) and pool water clarity.
Our analytical reports have been updated to include these interpretations. Here is the link to the NJ Dept. of Health Free Chlorine Residual Guidance Document.
The New Jersey regulations require weekly testing for bacteria by a State Certified Laboratory and testing every two hours for pH and disinfectants (such as free chlorine or bromine) in swimming pools, whirlpools, spas and hot tubs. Lakes and beaches have to test for bacteria weekly. The bacterial tests are the standard plate count and total coliform in swimming pools, the standard plate count and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in whirlpools, spas and hot tubs, and E. coli in lakes.
The NJDEP is requiring enterococci testing for ocean
beaches. The enterococci result shall not exceed 104 enterococci per 100
ml. E. coli has replaced fecal coliform in
The State Regs also require that a Trained Pool Operator (TPO) be hired by all recreational bathing facilities to be responsible for maintenance and mechanical operations.
Federal OSHA regulations also require that lifeguards be trained to deal with potential exposures to blood and bloodborne pathogens.
With 75 years of water testing experience we can help you with many types of water quality problems.
We are often asked about bacteria in water, what type of disinfectant to use and what are acceptable levels. You may email us with your questions and we will try to help. Please be as detailed as possible.
For important information about the Care and Feeding of Pool Waters:
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Click here for pH
Click here for chlorine stabilization and cyanuric acid.
Click here for information on the use of DPD & phenol red tablet and liquid reagents - Garden State Labs uses tablets.
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