Pool Safety Crackdown Stings Local Swimmers

Courtesy WSJ.com

Alameda County is cracking down on public pool owners for not complying with a new state safety law. While county officials say they are just following the rules, some pool owners say the actions don’t hold water.

Of nine Bay Area counties, Alameda County appears to be the only one taking a hard line in enforcing the new state law. The law requires owners of public pools and spas—including those in apartment complexes, hotels, schools and private recreation clubs—to provide proof that they use a drain system that prevents swimmers from being trapped underwater by suction. The regulation doesn’t apply to pools in private, single-family residences or duplexes . . . (more)