This week the South Carolina department of health & environmental control sent us thier yearly newsletter. One of the common questions I get is apparently a common question SCDHEC gets as well.
Night swimming is not something we allow in Almond Glen and here is an except from the SCDHEC newsletter which explains the strict requirements for night swimming.
“Night Swimming at Public Swimming Pool Facilities is growing in popularity throughout the state. If your facility is considering opening the pool past sunset, there are a couple of things that you will need to keep in mind. The Department has a minimum area lighting requirement for pools open past sunset. The Department requires that there be no less than 0.5 watts of incandescent lighting or 8.35 lumens of underwater lighting provided per square foot of pool area. The Department also requires uniform illumination of the pool deck surface with no less than 0.6 watts of incandescent light, or 10 lumens per square foot, or 10 foot candles of intensity. If the pool does not have any underwater lights and would like to be open for night swimming, the Department requires that there be uniform area lighting in the amount of no less than two watts of incandescent light, or 33.5 lumens per square foot of pool area, or 32 foot candles of intensity in addition to the 0.6 watts of incandescent light or 10 foot candles of intensity per square foot of deck area. If your facility is considering putting in lights to allow for night swimming, the Department requires that you submit a Change Order Request Form with the area lighting plan to the Department for review prior to the commencement of any work. The Department will verify that the proposed equipment meets the requirements. For more information on the required pool lighting for night swimming and electrical requirements for lighting, please review pages 34-35 of the SC Public Swimming Pool Regulation 61-51.