State Rep. Adam C. Miller (D-Columbus) today praised the House passage of HB 178, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland), which would regulate water pressure at pools and other water features. HB 178 was introduced after Makenna Day, then seven-years-old, was seriously injured after standing over a water feature. Water pressure injuries can often require surgery and cause lingering medical problems.
“A day at the waterpark should be full of joy, not danger,” said Rep. Miller. “This bipartisan bill ensures that water feature operators do what they are supposed to do and keep our children are safe.”
Among other things, Makenna’s Law:
- Limits the water pressure of features at public swimming pools, public spas, and special use pools;
- Requires the owner of a public swimming pool, public spa, or special use pool to ensure that the flow rate does not harm patrons or exceed 20 feet per second.
The bill awaits further consideration in the Ohio Senate.