Maintaining Swimming Pools and Spas Keeping Your Condo Out of Hot Water

 Are your community’s swimming pool and hot tub VGB-compliant? Do you know what that means?  

 VGB stands for Virginia Graeme Baker, a seven-year-old girl who drowned in June  of 2002 when she became stuck after being sucked into a hot tub drain.  

 Because she was a granddaughter of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker  III, her death captured the attention of Congress. Legislation bearing her name ensued to prevent entrapment, evisceration, and  drownings in pools and spas. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on  December 19, 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act required all public pools and spas to install redesigned drain  covers or other anti-entrapment technology within a year. Yet, almost three  years post-deadline, about a third of the public pools in South Florida still  are entrapment-prone.  

 “Compliance is in the 60 to 70 percent range,” estimates David Cohen, owner of All Florida Pool & Spa Center in North Miami.  

 Recall Complicates Compliance

 To complicate matters, about a million of the new supposedly VGB-compliant drain  covers that pool operators installed were recalled in May of 2011. The U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission found that certification laboratories  inaccurately determined the covers’ flow rate capacity.  

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3 Comments

  • We have a management company and I brought this to their attention and they say that having a pool company do three visits a week is sufficient. Are they breaking a law by not doing twice daily monitoring as mentioned by Ballard?Do we have any options for enforcement?
  • I need help. I own a unit in a 12 unit complex with an in-ground pool. It is only cleaned and checked once a week. There is a hole in the bottom concrete. My concern, I don't think it meets regulation by only cleaning once a week? The hole needs to be taken up with our HOA and Board so repairs can be made... I would like to know in laymen term the rules on our pool site, if you have that information. Thank you. Lynsea
  • HOA and Management hired a uncertified pool and spa maintenance person to service complex pool with cleaning, painting deck and installation of new parts including drainage of pool! As a member I can not make a complaint with the CSLB! What should I do? Mgmt and board at rogue and do what they choose!