AN ACT PROVIDING THAT THE UTILITIES COMMISSION MAY ADOPT, IMPLEMENT, MODIFY, OR ELIMINATE A RATE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR WATER OR WASTEWATER PUBLIC UTILITIES TO TRACK AND TRUE-UP VARIATIONS IN AVERAGE PER CUSTOMER USAGE FROM LEVELS APPROVED IN THE GENERAL RATE CASE PROCEEDING; REQUIRING THE COMMISSION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH TO ADOPT RULES CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF ARTIFICIAL SWIMMING LAGOONS; AND REQUIRING THE COMMISSION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH TO STUDY THE REQUIREMENT FOR A PERMANENTLY AFFIXED PHONE AT POOLS FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES.
Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following additions.
Amends GS 130A-280, which defines the scope of Article 8 to be the regulation of public swimming pools. Adds artificial swimming lagoons to the meaning of public swimming pool, and defines the term to mean any body of water used for recreational purposes with more than 20,000 square feet of surface area, and a method of disinfectant that results in a disinfectant residual in the swimming zone that is protective of the public health.
Directs the Commission for Public Health to adopt rules governing the construction and operation of artificial swimming lagoons by December 1, 2019. Additionally, directs the Commission to study the identified rule requiring that all swimming pools have a telephone capable of directly dialing 911 or other emergency notification system that is permanently affixed to a location inside or within 75 feet of the pool enclosure and accessible to all pool users. Requires the Commission to examine the need for the dedicated permanently affixed phone and the need for and advisability of requiring closure of pools where such a phone is temporarily out-of-service. Directs the Commission to submit a report to the specified NCGA committee by March 1, 2020.
Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.