The Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code has been updated for 2009!
Developed under the ANSI concensus standard process, the provisions of the 2009 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code apply to the building, installation, alteration, addition, repair, relocation, replacement, use or maintenance of swimming pools, spas or hot tub plumbing systems. From the Foreword
The advantages of a Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code, acceptable in the various jurisdictions, have long been recognized. The increasing needs for such a code induced the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials to pass a resolution at its 46th Annual Business Conference, which directed the president to form a committee to develop a basic swimming pool, spa and hot tub document. After months of concerted endeavor, this committee, composed of representatives from industry and public utility companies, inspectors, plumbers, and engineers, successfully completed the 1st edition of the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code, which was officially adopted by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials in September 1976. In presenting the 2009 edition, IAPMO recognizes that the ultimate code has not yet been attained. Users of this code are respectfully urged to present whatever amendments their experience may dictate to IAPMO World Headquarters in accordance with the Regulations Governing Consensus Development of the Uniform Solar Energy and Swimming Pool, Spa & Hot Tub Codes. Amendments adopted by the committee are published every three years. This process serves to keep this basic document abreast of technological development. The use of this document is intended to provide a safe and functional swimming pool, spa and hot tub system with minimum regulations. Users of the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code are urged to strive for not just the minimum good swimming pool, spa and hot tub system, but to keep the consumer in mind. With the exception of “high use and wear portions” of the system, the swimming pool, spa and hot tub system should have the same life as other components of the building.
The key provisions of the 2009 USPSHTC and changes from the 2006 edition include:
- New specific provisions in Chapter 1: Administration to include structures, materials, equipment, appurtenances and other associated components for swimming pool, spa and hot tub systems.
- New definitions were added that specifically address terms used with the code, such as: abrasion hazard, acid, acid wash, acrylic, action pool, air channel, air switch system, ancillary facility, aquatic playgrounds, backwash, break in grade, catch pool, cavitation, coping and various types of swimming pools.
- New provisions referencing American National Standards for the installation of public swimming pools, private inground swimming pools, private aboveground/onground swimming pools, public spas, private permanently installed spas and private portable spas, including structural design requirements.
- Specific language addressing maximum water velocity in branch suction piping and suction piping velocities based on various materials.
- Revised language to include specific safety provisions in accordance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act regarding anti-body and hair entrapment. Also added safety provisions for vacuum release systems to conform to American National Standards.