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  • ISPSC Mandatory in 8 States

    by AQUA Editors September 2016

    By 2017, the adoption of the ISPSC will be mandatory in eight states. The latest states to adopt the ISPSC are Washington and West Virginia. In January 2017, the ISPSC will be also be in effect statewide in Georgia. New adoptions by local districts and municipalities include Longmont (Colorado), Pearl River Valley-Water Supply District (Mississippi) and Andrews, Cleveland and Kileen, Texas.

    Currently, there are 56 local ISPSC adoptions. Published in partnership with the APSP and...

  • 8 Years Later: A Look Back at Virginia Graeme Baker

    by William N. Rowley September 2016

    It’s hard to believe it’s been almost eight years.

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect December 19, 2008, culminating a contentious national debate over measures needed to eliminate suction entrapment accidents.

    The stated objectives of VGB were to enhance the safety of public and private pools and spas; reduce child drowning and the number of suction entrapment incidents, injuries and deaths; and educate the public on the importance of...

  • Pump Standards Agreement Reached

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    An agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps was approved last week by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.

    Based on DOE’s analysis, the standards will save more than 400 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity over 30 years of sales or the equivalent amount of electricity used annually by 37 million U.S. households, making it one of the biggest energy savings...

  • California Eases Water Conservation Restrictions

    by Eric Herman May 2016

    In a major shift in water-conservation policy, California state regulators voted Wednesday, May 18, to lift conservation targets put in place last year as a result of the state’s recent historic drought. In place of the statewide 25-percent conservation rule for all residents and businesses, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new policy allowing individual water agencies throughout the state to adopt their own policies based on anticipated local demand and overall health of...

  • APSP Fights For Industry Recognition

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals went back to Capitol Hill last month to ensure that pools and spas are not left out of the energy and tax incentive debate.
    APSP Energy Efficiency Coalition members Scott Petty, Hayward Pool Products; Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Joe Valentino, Speck Pumps; and Shajee Siddiqui, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., talked with members of Congress...

  • National Water Safety Month Begins

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Four leading aquatics organizations, along with several other water safety groups, are kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage safer water practices during National Water Safety Month.

    Throughout its nine year existence, National Water Safety Month has gained attention from Governors of all 50 states signing water safety proclamations, and Olympic swimmers highlighting the vital importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults in and around the...

  • APSP Pushes Pool Covers To Feds

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

     

    APSP's Water Conservation Coalition went to Capitol Hill last month to advocate for the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense certification for the industry's most efficient cover...

  • Pentair Wins Energy Star Partner Of The Year

    by AQUA Editors April 2016

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Pentair Aquatic Systems with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior  energy efficiency achievements. Pentair’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2016.

    Pentair, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2013, will be honored for its leadership in manufacturing pool pumps that earn the ENERGY STAR, the...

  • Drought Impact: A World Apart

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    What some are now calling the “March Miracle,” a spate of El Nino-driven storms across the Western U.S., has delivered desperately needed relief to the region’s historic four-year drought, the most severe dry spell since records have been kept. Although more than 73 percent of California remains under severe to exceptional drought conditions, many of the state’s largest reservoirs are...

  • Georgia Legislature Battles Over Pool Inspections

    by AQUA Editors March 2016

    Georgia’s State Senate recently passed a bill that allows operators and owners of commercial swimming pools to opt out of the state’s 36-point public health inspections.

    House Bill 219 is a watered down version of earlier legislation that would’ve all but eliminated public inspections of commercial pools in the state. The current bill gives a pass to townhouse, condo and subdivision pools that serve no more than 75 swimmers. Larger, busier pools remain subject to...