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The US Environmental Protection Agency is the federal agency responsible for oversight of the recreational water quality initiative within the United States.

Director's Orders 83 is the governing document that describes the Public Health Program expectations of Park Managers. The requirements outlined in DO 83 are in keeping with the requirements as set forth in the Management Policies of the National Park Service, GPRAct requirements and the NPS Strategic Plan (large file).

Within the National Park Service, some recreational waters are not monitored by state and/or county authorities and ensuring recreational water quality is the responsibility of park management.

Note: Reference Manuals 83(D2) [American National Standard Institute ( ANSI/NSPI-1 1991)- Standard for Public Swimming Pools] and (D3) [American National Standard for Spas (ANSI/NSPI-2 1999) - American National Standard for Public Spas] are copyrighted documents that must be purchased from the publisher. The documents can be obtained from the following:

National Spa and Pool Institute
2111 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.0083 ext 153

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