About the Water Recreation Program

Protecting Your Health and Safety

Water recreation activities are a great source of exercise and enjoyment for people. Our state provides abundant beaches and pools for public use. However, there are health concerns. In Washington, drowning ranks second as the most common cause of unintentional injury or death for people 19 years old and younger and ranks third for people under 60 years old. Over 140,000 injuries related to swimming pools are seen by health care providers each year and recorded outbreaks of water recreation illnesses are increasing in the United States.

The Water Recreation Program works to ensure that water recreation facilities provide a safe and healthy environment for the public. We do this by reviewing the design and construction of new water recreation facilities, providing training for pool operators, assisting local health departments, and developing guidance materials and educational resources. We also work with industry and other key partners to address the health and safety needs of water recreation environments.

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Working with Local Health to Keep Pools Safe

The Water Recreation Program works with local health departments to address health and safety concerns at water recreation facilities by: