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Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
The following information will provide APSP members and industry professionals with up-to-date news and resources to understand and comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (Act). Visit for regular updates as they become available. This information is taken from the apsp.org website.

Mandatory Requirements for Drain Covers and Public Pools and Spas (Section 1404)

Effective from December 19, 2008, the following are federal mandates under the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (section 1404) for drain covers and public pools, spas, and hot tubs.

Drain Covers, Public and Residential Pools and Spas. By December 19, 2008, all drain covers manufactured or sold in the United States must conform to the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
All public pools and spas (as defined by the Act), both new and existing, must be equipped with drain cover systems conforming to the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard.
All public pools and spas (pump) with a single main drain, other than an unblockable drain, must be equipped with an ASME A112.19.8-2007 compliant cover system and one or more of the following additional devices or systems: a safety vacuum release system (SVRS); suction limiting vent system; gravity drainage system; automatic pump shutoff system; or drain disablement.

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