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Feature Story

September 2020


Effective Date for Drain Cover Standard Delayed

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve to delay the effective date of CPSC’s drain cover standard, ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 from Nov. 24, 2020, to May 24, 2021. The six-month delay was requested by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) on March 24, 2020, to provide drain cover manufacturers additional time while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted manufacturers and test labs.

“A six-month delay is reasonable and appropriate,” said Steve Barnes, director of Science and Compliance for AquaStar Pool Products. “It allowed everyone involved to make up for the lost time created by the coronavirus lockdowns.”‘

The deadline affects drain cover manufacturers and Registered Design Professionals (professional engineers and architects) who design, certify and supervise the installation of large, custom drain covers. It does not impact existing drain covers that were properly tested and certified to ANSI/APSP-16 2011 or its predecessor, ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 2007.

“This is a rolling change, just like changes to pool heater efficiency requirements back in 2013,” Barnes explained. “Over time, as these new drain covers arrive, you will notice a lot more information, such as a flow rating for every pipe size, minus sump depth and shape, along with manufacturer-supplied paperwork to make it easier for installers to document VGBA compliance.”

VGBA, or the Virginia Graeme Baker Act, was enacted by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in December 2007, and aims to prevent drain entrapments and eviscerations in pools and spas.


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