US President Donald Trump has signed into law a $4 billion pool safety bill that provides more funding for public pools and other public amenities, a White House official told Reuters.
The bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, also provides $1.8 billion for state and local pools and $800 million for other facilities.
The US has more than 5,000 public pools, which can hold over 500,000 people, and more than 2,600 private pools, according to the National Association of State Dental Hygienists.
The pools are open to the public in a variety of capacities, including public, private and recreational.
The president signed the bill into law on Wednesday, saying it was necessary to ensure that America’s public swimming pools remain safe and healthy.
Trump signed the law on the steps of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2021.
The $4,420 million pool safety fund is part of Trump’s $5.1 trillion annual spending plan, which includes a host of new initiatives to fight public health threats, including funding for a new CDC and FDA-approved sunscreen to reduce sunburn and prevent skin cancer.
The White House estimates that the bill will cover approximately $100 billion in new spending.