Education communities provide a large market for recreational and therapeutic water technology suppliers. Some of the larger research universities have dozens of pools including those in university-affiliated healthcare facilities. Apart from publicly visible NCAA swimming programs there are whirpools in healthcare facilities and therapeutic tubs for athletes in other sports. Ownership of these facilities requires a cadre of conformance experts to assure water safety.
NSF International is one of the first names in this space and has collaborated with key industry stakeholders to make pools, spas and recreational water products safer since 1949. The parent document in its suite is NSF 50 Pool, Spa and Recreational Water Standards which covers everything from pool pumps, strainers, variable frequency drives and pool drains to suction fittings, grates, and ozone and ultraviolet systems.
The workspace for this committee is linked below:
The committee has posted a call for public consultation:
Proposed revisions involve swimming pool chemicals; a traditional battleground topic in this domain. Comments due October 14th.
Another consultation regarding pump performance curves is linked below:
Comments due October 18th.
A fair question to ask on Issue 160 Revision 4 linked above would be: “Will this raise the cost of pool pumping systems if additional accuracy is required? Does a stepped up level of flow rate accuracy contribute to safety and sustainability or is it just another product “adder” that few see the incremental cost of?”
We run into these “bells and whistle” proposals in electrical and mechanical systems fairly frequently.
You may communicate directly with the NSF Joint Committee Chairperson, Mr. Tom Vyles (firstname.lastname@example.org) about arranging direct access as an observer or technical committee member. Almost all ANSI accredited technical committees have a shortage of user-interests (compliance officers, manufacturers and installers usually dominate). We encourage anyone in the education facility industry paying the bill for the services of compliance officers, manufacturers and installers to participate.
We encourage recreational water facility managers in the education industry to participate by communicating with Tom Vyles. We also host a monthly breakout teleconference on the topic of the twenty-odd water safety and sustainability consensus products that affect #TotalCostofOwnership of education facilities. See our CALENDAR for the next Water and Sport teleconferences; open to everyone.
Category: Athletic Facilities. Water Safety
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Ron George, Larry Spielvogel
UL 1081 Standard for Swimming Pool Pumps, Filters, and Chlorinators | (UL Standards tend to be product standards so we rank them lower in our priority ranking than interoperability standards.)