Water Recreation Facilities

Chapter 246-260 WAC, Water Recreation Facilities, and chapter 246-262 WAC, Recreational Water Contact Facilities, outline requirements necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of users of water recreation facilities and recreational water contact facilities.

At its October 13, 2021 meeting, the Board delegated rulemaking authority to the Department of Health to amend the definition of “suction fitting standard” in WAC 246-260-010 and WAC 246-262-010 via an expedited rulemaking process. These amendments are necessary to align with changes in national standards issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Additional information is available on the Department of Health’s rulemaking web page.

The Board originally filed a CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry, to explore possible updates to chapters 246-260 and 246-262 WAC in December 2016. This rulemaking considers adoption of the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Model Aquatic Health Code, 2017 legislation on inflatable water slides (HB 1449), current water recreation technologies, and consolidation of the two rules under a single chapter.

Contact Peter Beaton to be added to the interested parties’ distribution list.

Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050 and RCW 70.90.120.
State Board of Health Contact: For media or general inquiries about this rule, please contact Kelie Kahler, Board communication manager, 360-236-4102
State Department of Health Contact: Theresa Phillips, 360-236-3147

Related Links: Meeting Materials