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(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has issued a call for participation in the revision of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-1 2014 American National Standard for Public Swimming Pools and the Standard for Public Spas. PHTA is seeking member participation on the PHTA-1 Standard Writing Committee (SWC) for Public Pool and Spa Design, Construction, and Installation and PHTA-2 SWC for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance.

The provisions of the PHTA-1 Standard apply to the construction, alteration, movement, renovation, replacement, repair and maintenance of aquatic recreation facilities, pools and spas while the PHTA-2 Standard is intended to cover public/commercial aquatic venues operation and maintenance. In addition, the PHTA-2 Standard can be used by state and local authorities as a health and safety code for the operation and maintenance of all types of public aquatic venues.  

PHTA formed a Commercial Council to fully represent the commercial pool and spa segments of our industry.  As part of this effort, PHTA began a process to create a new PHTA-1 Standard for Public Pool and Spa Design, Construction and Installation, and PHTA-2 Standard for Public Pool and Spa Operations and Maintenance,” said PHTA-1 and PHTA-2 SWC Chair Dennis Berkshire of Aquatic Design Group.  

“It is the PHTA Commercial Council’s intent to bring these standards not only into alignment with the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) and the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) but to impact their future development and evolution.  The revised PHTA-1 and PHTA-2 standards will be significant resources representing modern commercial pool and spa technologies, science and engineering, and industry best practices,” continued Berkshire.   

“PHTA is looking for qualified individuals including subject matter experts that are willing to share their industry experience and knowledge to complete the draft revisions of these standards,” said PHTA Director of Standards Promotion and Adoption Susan J. Hilaski. “We invite anyone to apply for these committees who can commit to this process and wants to help shape current and future standards for the commercial pool and hot tub industry to apply for these committees.”

Designers, builders, service companies and retail businesses providing goods and services for public swimming pools, spas and aquatic venues as well as regulatory bodies, building code officials and consumers are encouraged to participate on the PHTA-1 SWC. U.S. public health and code officials, local municipalities, spa operators, service companies and consumers are encouraged to participate on the PHTA-2 SWC. Application forms are due to PHTA on July 14, 2020, and may be sent to standards@phta.org

For more information, email PHTA Director of Standards Promotion and Adoption, Susan J. Hilaski at shilaski@phta.org or download the information at XXX.

About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.