Survey Finds Health Risk Violations In Public Water Facilities

Washington– The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently completed a comprehensive survey of aquatic health officials across the United States on their protocols and experiences in inspecting the thousands of recreational water facilites. The study and final report, funded by the Accu-Tab™ Chlorination System , which is a part of the Water Treatment Products business of Axiall Corporation (NYSE: AXLL), will be released in late summer.

“Local health departments perform critical functions each day to keep communities healthy and safe”, said Jennifer Li, NACCHO’s director of environmental health, and health and disability. “NACCHO’s recent survey for local health department inspectors of recreational water facilities was designed to help inspectors better understand the challenges and most common water quality violations to more effectively educate commercial pool owners and operators on how to prevent them from happening in the future. This survey couldn’t have been possible without input from the water treatment experts at Axiall.”

Preliminary findings from the survey include:

 75 percent of responding local health departments reported a commercial pool being shut down by their agency within the past two years

Of those that reported a shutdown:

90 percent attributed it to low sanitizing levels/chlorine

61 percent attributed to pH being out of balance

53 percent attributed it cloudiness or turbidity of the water

 Of the respondents, 32 percent report always finding violations in apartment complexes, and 54 percent report violations 2 out of 3 inspections in apartment complexes.

 Of the respondents, 36 percent reported that hotel/motels have the most water quality violations

The survey consisted of more than 30 multiple-choice and open-ended questions in the

following areas:

 Training of health inspectors;

 Types of facilities inspected;

 Knowledge and water treatment acumen of facility staff;

 Inspection components and local regulations; and

 Most common violations at various types of facilities.

In addition to the release of the report in late summer, NACCHO and Axiall will present the finding at the National Swimming Pool Foundation's World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, Ore. on October 8-10, 2014.