SPS 390.18(1)(a)1.1. Except as permitted in subd. 2., a rope and float line shall be provided in all basins:
SPS 390.18(1)(a)1.a. a. To separate activity areas, such as plunge areas, climbing walls, pad walks and other areas where patron activity may harm others.
SPS 390.18(1)(a)1.b. b. To restrict access to the caisson wall in wave pools.
SPS 390.18(1)(a)1.c. c. To identify water depth greater than 5.5 feet in combination pools and activity pools.
SPS 390.18(1)(a)2. 2. Rope and float lines are not required in areas where the department determines that the installation of the rope and float line would constitute a safety hazard.
SPS 390.18(1)(b) (b) For water depth, the rope and float line shall be located one foot toward the shallow end for each location where the purpose of the rope and float line is to mark a depth change.
SPS 390.18(1)(c) (c) A 4-inch-wide boundary line of contrasting color shall be installed on the basin walls and floor corresponding to the location of the rope and float line.
SPS 390.18(1)(d) (d) For wave generators, the rope and float line shall be located a minimum of 5 feet from the caisson wall.
SPS 390.18(1)(e) (e) The rope and float lines shall be securely fastened to wall anchors.
SPS 390.18(1)(f) (f) Rope and float lines shall be of sufficient size and strength so as to provide temporary support for a pool patron in the water.
SPS 390.18(1)(g) (g) Rope and float lines shall be installed with limited slack so as to provide temporary support for a pool patron in the water.
SPS 390.18(2) (2)Depth markers.
SPS 390.18(2)(a)(a) Depth markers shall be installed on all public swimming pools and water attractions that incorporate a water depth over 6 inches.
SPS 390.18(2)(b) (b) Depth markers shall be installed at the maximum and minimum water depths and at all points of slope change.
SPS 390.18(2)(c)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., water depth markers shall be installed around the perimeter of the basin at intervals no greater than 25 feet and at lesser intervals when indicating a change in water depth not to exceed 2 feet.
SPS 390.18(2)(c)2. 2. Water depth markers for leisure rivers shall be located every 25 feet on alternate side walls and at all entry points.
SPS 390.18(2)(d)1.1. Depth markers shall be indicated in feet, inches or feet and inches and when abbreviated so indicated as “FT" or “IN."
SPS 390.18(2)(d)2. 2. Depth markers shall be plainly and conspicuously installed at all of the following locations:
SPS 390.18(2)(d)2.a. a. On the vertical basin wall except where no portion of the basin wall is visible and above the waterline.
SPS 390.18(2)(d)2.b. b. On the top of the coping or edge of the deck next to the basin.
SPS 390.18 Note Note: Additional depth markings may also be indicated in metric.
SPS 390.18(2)(e) (e) When additional depth markers are indicated in metric, “meters" shall be abbreviated as “M."
SPS 390.18(2)(f) (f) All water depths indicated on depth markers shall be the depth at the location of the depth marker.
SPS 390.18(2)(g) (g) All depth markers installed on vertical basin walls shall be located so as to be read from the waterside.
SPS 390.18(2)(h) (h) Depth markers installed on decks shall be located no greater than 18 inches from the basin edge and positioned so as to be read while standing on the deck facing the water along the affected perimeter.
SPS 390.18(2)(i) (i) All depth markers installed on decks shall be of slip resistant materials.
SPS 390.18(2)(j) (j) The minimum height of depth marker characters shall be 4 inches. Characters shall be clearly visible and of permanent contrasting color to the background on which applied.
SPS 390.18(2)(k) (k) Depth markers for water deeper than 5 feet shall indicate the maximum basin depth.
SPS 390.18(3) (3)Warning markers.
SPS 390.18(3)(a)(a) Pools or water attractions having water depths of 5 feet or less shall be provided with diving prohibition markers located on the deck at intervals of no more than 25 feet.
SPS 390.18(3)(b) (b) Diving prohibition markers shall be printed with the text, “No Diving."
SPS 390.18(3)(c) (c) The “No Diving" text shall be at least 4 inches in height.
SPS 390.18(3)(d) (d) Diving prohibition markers shall include the international “No Diving" symbol.
SPS 390.18(3)(e) (e) “No Diving" text and the “No Diving" symbol shall be clearly visible and of a contrasting color to that of the marker background.
SPS 390.18(4) (4)Barriers.
SPS 390.18(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), public swimming pools, water attractions and water attraction complexes shall be separated from surrounding property by a barrier consisting of a fence, wall or building.
SPS 390.18(4)(b) (b) Independent interactive play attractions are not required to be surrounded by a barrier.
SPS 390.18(4)(c) (c) A fence or wall shall be constructed so as to afford no external handholds or footholds.
SPS 390.18(4)(d) (d) The barrier shall be at least 5 feet in height.
SPS 390.18(4)(e) (e) Gates in the barrier shall be equipped with a self-closing, lockable closure mechanism at a height of at least 54 inches from the bottom of the gate.
SPS 390.18(4)(f) (f) Fences serving as barriers shall have no opening greater than 4 inches in width or diameter.
SPS 390.18(4)(g) (g) The bottom of a fence or wall shall be a maximum of 4 inches from grade.
SPS 390.18(4)(h) (h) Doors in fences and walls shall be self-closing and lockable.
SPS 390.18(5) (5)Emergency stop buttons. Wave action pools, vortex pools, water slides and leisure rivers shall have emergency stop buttons accessible to designated staff as outlined in a staffing plan for the purpose of stopping the propulsion system.
SPS 390.18 Note Note: See the electrical code, ch. SPS 316, for location and installation requirements.
SPS 390.18 History History: CR 08-056: cr. Register February 2009 No. 638, eff. 3-1-09.
SPS 390.19 SPS 390.19Toilet room and sanitary facilities.
SPS 390.19(1)(1)General requirements.
SPS 390.19(1)(a)(a) Toilet and handwash facilities, and public drinking fountains shall be located so to be accessible by a length of paved walking surface no greater than 300 feet from the nearest rim of the most distant public swimming pool or water attraction.
SPS 390.19(1)(b) (b) Showers and dressing facilities shall be provided and located on the premises and accessible by a length of paved walking surface.
SPS 390.19 Note Note: All applicable building requirements of chs. SPS 361 to 366 shall apply to the construction of bathhouses.
SPS 390.19(1)(c)1.1. The floors of toilet rooms and dressing areas serving public swimming pools or water attractions shall have a smooth, hard, nonabsorbent, slip-resistant surface.
SPS 390.19(1)(c)2. 2. A smooth, hard, nonabsorbent surface shall extend upward on the walls at least 6 inches.
SPS 390.19(1)(c)3. 3. Junctions between walls and floors shall be coved.
SPS 390.19(1)(c)4. 4. When floor drains are installed, drain openings shall be ¼ inch or less in width or diameter.
SPS 390.19(2) (2)Drainage of covered areas.
SPS 390.19(2)(a)(a) Floor drains shall be installed in toilet rooms and locker rooms where sanitary fixtures are located and where the room door is adjacent to the deck or adjacent to the impervious walkway draining to the deck.
SPS 390.19(2)(b) (b) Floor drain openings shall be ¼ inch or less in width or diameter.
SPS 390.19(2)(c) (c) Floors shall be pitched to drain.
SPS 390.19(3) (3)Walls. Toilet room and locker room walls shall have a smooth, hard, nonabsorbent surface to a height of at least 4 feet above the floor.
SPS 390.19(4) (4)Lockers. Lockers shall be set either on solid masonry bases at least 4 inches high or on legs extending at least 10 inches above the floor.
SPS 390.19(5) (5)Required number of sanitary fixtures.
SPS 390.19(5)(a)(a) The required minimum number of toilets, lavatories and showers shall be provided in accordance with Table 390.19.
SPS 390.19(5)(b)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., the minimum number of drinking fountains shall be provided adjacent to the required deck in accordance with Table 390.19.
SPS 390.19(5)(b)2. 2. For bed and breakfast establishments, tourist rooming houses or private guest rooms, a source of potable drinking water shall be provided in the enclosure by a fixture installed as per ch. SPS 382 or by providing commercially bottled drinking water.
SPS 390.19(6) (6)Diaper changing station.
SPS 390.19(6)(a)(a) Except as permitted in par. (b), all toilet rooms providing the required sanitary fixtures shall be equipped with a diaper changing station.
SPS 390.19(6)(b) (b) Diaper changing stations are not required in toilet rooms exclusively serving therapy pools.
SPS 390.19(7) (7)Spectator access. Spectator walkways, restrooms, dressing rooms and seating areas shall be separated from pool patron required deck.
Table 390.19
Minimum Number of Sanitary Fixtures Required at
Public Pools and Water Attraction
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F = female; M = male; < = less than; > = greater than
a For pools with spectator areas, see chs. SPS 361 to 366 that contain the requirements for sanitary facilities.
b For water attractions in excess of 37,500 sq ft., use the following additions:
For each 7,500 sq. ft. or fraction thereof add one sanitary unit – 0.7 male water closets, 1.0 male urinal, 0.85 male lavatories, 1.0 male showers, 0.6 drinking fountains, 4.0 female water closets, 1.0 female lavatory and 1.0 female shower.
For pools in excess of 7,500 sq. ft. and Type 1 above, and for pools in excess of 15,000 sq. ft. and Type 2 above, use the following additions:
For each 4,000 sq. ft. or fraction thereof, add one sanitary unit – 1.0 male water closet, 1.0 male urinal, 1.0 male lavatory, 4.0 male showers, 1.0 drinking fountain, 4 female water closets, 1.0 female lavatory, 4.0 female showers.
For the requirements listed for additional sanitary facilities each fraction represents an additional fixture.
SPS 390.19 History History: CR 08-056: cr. Register February 2009 No. 638, eff. 3-1-09; correction in (5) (a), (b) 1., 2., Table 390.19 made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672.
subch. III of ch. SPS 390 Subchapter III — Wading Pools, Whirlpools, Interactive Play Attractions and Cold Soak Pools — Special Requirements
SPS 390.20 SPS 390.20Wading pools. Wading pools shall be in compliance with the applicable requirements of ss. SPS 390.04 to 390.19 and with this section:
SPS 390.20(1) (1) The maximum depth of water in a wading pool may not exceed 24 inches.
SPS 390.20(2) (2) The maximum depth of water at the accessible perimeter of a wading pool may not exceed 18 inches.
SPS 390.20(3) (3) A piping system may be used to allow a wading pool to be filled using pool water from an adjacent basin, other than a whirlpool, when the water quality meets the requirements in ch. ATCP 76 prior to use.
SPS 390.20 Note Note: See ch. SPS 390 Appendix for filling options.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.