This act was pushed through with consultants of major manufacturing companies
who stood to make a fortune from this new law. VGB is not as much about safety
as it is about money. A local contractor in my area was sent to Hawaii from a
company that manufactured over 100 new VRS pumps he installed. That is one guy.
VGB is everything that is wrong with this country and our modern system of
lobbyist driven government.
Another fine example of the unforseen cost, consequences and repercussions
that result from well-meaning busybodies trying to protect us from
The national deadline for the implementation of the VGB Act was December 15,
2008. That deadline has come and passed. Since that deadline there have been a
couple deaths that occurred in non-compliant pools these have resulted in multi
million dollar settlements on facilities being shut down. Compliance does not
have to be as complicated or as expensive as many companies have been proposing.
It is essential in Utah to make sure you are working with a reputable and
licensed pool company that is working with licensed engineering to ensure
compliance.The installation of a pool in a typical backyard
conserves water usage. If the pools were not storing the water the same area
would more than likely be put in grass with is a huge water consummer. Many
areas are requiring home owners to either implement pools or ponds that can be
used as emergency water sources in case of a house fire range fire. If the
water were not stored it would simply run into the ground, evaporate over a
large area or heaven forbid end up in California.
I own a Pool and Spa company in Utah. The Laws enacted have been great for
business but a mess for commercial pools. Utah's health department has gone even
farther then the national law. Entrapment is something I have never heard of
locally and almost all cases it was do to the pool having no drain cover
installed. I have tried to get trapped on a drain cover many times and have
never been able to come close to becoming trapped. The law is more of a feel
good law and more like a tax on businesses and consumers as they see price
increases to pay for the repairs. I have seen commercial pools close because the
cost was to high to make the repairs and these are pools that I would never
think twice about letting my kids get in.
To Unbelievable:Ok, maybe I'm one of the dumb ones you are talking about,
but I am a little confused about your remarks. First you quote Section 2052 as
saying, "The term “State” means a State..."And then you say,
"Anyone with a modicum of understanding of rules of statutory construction will
recognize that the 50 states are left out of these definitions."My
question is, if a state is left out of the definition that defines a state as a
state, how do you define a state?
To Unbelievable: Please look up HR 6-303 to 309 Title XIV section 1404 (b). This
Law applies to ALL public swimming pools in the United States. You are free to
challenge the Federal government's right to enact a law that obviously is a
State's rights issue. But calling 300,000 pool owners "dumb"?One
other comment - this Law is not malicious. Search Abigail Taylor of Minnesota.
Do you want to ask the Abigail's parents if the Constitution is being applied
correctly via the Virginia Graeme Baker Act?Pool safety is
important, whether the VGB Act is being applied correctly is arguable.The Act applies only to public pools. Entrapments will continue in
private/residential pools. If you or any of your friends or relatives owns a
pool or spa with a SINGLE underwater drain - you should be concerned about
Entrapment.Even if the word “entrapment” is not in the
How does this law apply to Utah? Congress has limited defined powers and the
Supreme Court says they have nothing approaching a "police power" (general
safety and health powers that the 50 Union states have).Looking at
the definition of State in the Act - "The term “State” has the
meaning given such term in section 2052 (10)  of this title, and includes the
Northern Mariana Islands." Section 2052 says, "The term “State”
means a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, Guam, Wake Island, Midway Island, Kingman Reef, Johnston Island,
the Canal Zone, American Samoa, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific
Islands."Anyone with a modicum of understanding of rules of
statutory construction will recognize that the 50 states are left out of these
definitions. So why do we have the legislatures of the Union states falling over
themselves to comply with a law which doesn't pertain to them? Are they really
that dumb legally speaking? This is one example of a serious problem in this
country of the law being maliciously applied to persons, places, and
circumstances to which it constitutionally cannot.
Hope you are being sarcastic - it not, you are a NUT.
That's one of the best ways for water conservation, shut down all pools and
businesses using large amounts of water in pools and spa's. They should even go
a step farther and close down pools in yards and home sites. Not only would it
conserve water it would stop the spread of deadly and once eradicated diseases
brought to america by illegal aliens.With water shortages as bad as
they are, conservation must be imposed on these items that serve no real purpose
to conservation. And limit the number of car washes and water used by them.
Congrats on your foresight Davis County Environmental Health staff and