Understanding ADA Swimming Pool Requirements
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is a federal civil rights law designed to enhance access for those with disabilities and prohibit discriminatory acts against them. One of the areas that the ADA regulates is the design of commercial or public swimming pools. If you’re building a hotel, resort, casino, or any other commercial property and you plan to include a swimming pool, your water feature must be in full compliance with the ADA’s regulations.
Requirements for Existing Pools
The new updates to the ADA law, implemented in 2010, state that businesses with existing pools should make these pools accessible when doing so is readily achievable. In other words, if an existing pool can be made accessible without unreasonable effort or expense, then it must be made accessible. To defray the cost of making an existing pool ADA-compliant, property owners can refer to Sections 44 and 190 of the U.S. IRS Code. These allow tax credits and deductions intended to offset the cost of enhancing accessibility.
Options for Making Pools Accessible
The 2010 ADA updates sort pools into two main categories. Large pools are defined as having at least 300 linear feet of pool wall. Small pools have fewer than this. The ADA requires large pools to have at least two accessible entry and exit points. Small pools must feature at least one. For a small pool, it is acceptable to have either a sloped entry or a fixed pool lift. For a large pool, one entry/exit point must be a fixed pool lift or a sloped entry, and the other one can be a transfer wall, transfer system, or pool stairs.
The swimming pool designers at Aqua Design International have an in-depth understanding of ADA requirements, as well as all other applicable compliance requirements. Our team can design and construct a swimming pool that enhances your property, pleases your guests, and enables you to remain in full compliance with all applicable regulations. To get started on your project, call our office in Tucson at 520-219-8929.