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Protecting Swimmers From Danger
By Paul Pennington
Public pools and spas with a single main drain (other than an unblockable drain) must be equipped at a minimum with one complying anti-entrapment device or system, as well as a drain cover. Since drain covers can become broken or deteriorated, additional anti-entrapment safety devices are required. The most popular anti-entrapment device is the Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) which ceases operation of the pool or spa pump and reverses the circulation flow when a blockage is detected. This device is easily installed into existing or new pools in under an hour for about $500-$700.
Most other options are not practical for pool reconstruction
and are only practical during initial pool construction options. These
options include the Suction-Limiting Vent Systems and Gravity Drainage
Systems the Automatic Pump Shut-Off System. A final option is Automatic
Pump Shut-Off System, a device that shuts off the pump system in a pool
Paul Pennington is a founding member of The Pool Safety Consortium, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.