By Rebecca Robledo 2.23.2012
The US federal government has removed existing pools from its residential language for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
Though the law, passed in 2007, is mostly known for its effects on commercial pools and spas, it addresses residential installations less directly. One section of the legislation set up a grant program by which states can receive funds if they enact pool and spa safety laws meeting certain criteria. When the VGB Act first passed, it noted that states would have to apply their safety laws to new and existing pools and spas to qualify for grant money.