Pool water quality revised Standard published

Standards New Zealand has published the revised Standard for Pool water quality NZS 5826:2010. NZS 5826 provides guidance for pool owners and pool managers to check water quality measurements and maintain water quality, to safeguard the health of pool users.

'NZS 5826 is an important public health Standard and the 2010 edition has been substantially updated to include a new approach based on risk management principles and to reflect current knowledge, technology, and processes,' says Ian Couling, committee Chair.

'Although new to this Standard, risk assessment is not intended to be an onerous task, but an opportunity to improve the effective management of pool water quality for all pool operators and pool users. The information provided in NZS 5826 will be essential to meeting these requirements.'

NZS 5826 covers methods of water treatment and safe handling of swimming pool chemicals for fresh water and seawater swimming and spa pools, and geothermal pools, during use. It also requires all public pools to have 'risk management plans' in place to ensure that swimming pools are operated as safely as possible. Domestic pool owners should operate their pools in accordance with these principles.

NZS 5826 also helps pool owners and pool managers to list all risks involved in running a pool, assess these risks, and pre-plan how they would address each risk.

Local Government New Zealand sponsored the review of NZS 5826. The current version of the Standard is cited in the Public Health Bill 2007.

The NZS 5826 review committee included representatives from the following nominating organisations:

  • Community Leisure Management
  • Institute of Environmental Scienceand Research Ltd
  • Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
  • Local Government New Zealand
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • New Zealand Chemical Industry Council Incorporated
  • New Zealand Master Pool Builders' Incorporated
  • New Zealand Principals' Federation
  • New Zealand Recreation Association
  • Water New Zealand
  • Water Safety New Zealand

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