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International Swimming Pool and Spa Code to Become Law in Maryland

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The code will strengthen pool and spa safety and efficiency statewide

(Annapolis, MD) – Governor Larry Hogan announced that House Bill 303 will become law in Maryland and greatly advance swimming pool and spa safety and efficiency throughout the state. House Bill 303, sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein (District 11, Baltimore County) and Senator Cory McCray (District 45, Baltimore City), will require Maryland to use the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) as the new minimum standard, effective December 31, 2023, for building swimming pools and spas.  

The adoption of the ISPSC enhances the safety and efficiency of pools and spas by applying a consistent, uniform construction and safety code that is based on proven best practices for drowning prevention and energy efficiency. The ISPSC is currently used in over 30 states in the U.S., including Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey. 

“On behalf of the industry and a diverse coalition of supporters, we applaud the General Assembly and Governor Hogan for passing and enacting HB 303,” said Justin Wiley, PHTA Vice President of Government Relations, Standards and Codes. “This safety-focused law takes a significant step toward modernizing Maryland’s building codes and standards for swimming pools and spas.” 

House Bill 303 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Delegates and the Senate. The bill was supported by the International Code Council, Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and a coalition of businesses, regulators, first responders and safety professionals, including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Building Officials Association, the Maryland Fire Marshal Committee, the Maryland State Firefighter’s Association and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. 

“This adoption ensures a safe and comprehensive code for the design and construction of swimming pools in Maryland,” said Frank Quillen, President of the Maryland Building Officials Association. “The ISPSC coordinates with the other building safety codes adopted in Maryland to create a consistent regulatory framework for both building safety professionals and for builders.” 

The legislation requires the Maryland Department of Labor to adopt the ISPSC as a baseline code for the state and allows for local jurisdictions to enforce and amend the code as necessary. More importantly, the ISPSC correlates with local laws and regulations that are already established.  

“The adoption, implementation and enforcement of modern codes and standards play an important role in keeping communities safe, resilient and affordable” said Gabe Maser, Code Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations. “The Code Council commends Maryland for the adoption of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code and their efforts to ensure the state is using the most up-to-date safety and efficiency standards.”  

The signing and implementation of House Bill 303 will afford all jurisdictions access to grants for training on the ISPSC under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA). The VGBA is a United States law named after Virginia Graeme Baker, who died after sustaining a pool suction-drain injury in June 2002. It is incorporated as Title 14 of the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA Title 14, Pub.L. 110-140). This act became enforceable law on December 19, 2008. 

The incorporation of the ISPSC in Maryland will follow the same process the state already uses for most building codes in practice, such as the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC) which are enforced and amended by the counties. 

“The PHTA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is happy to see that Governor Hogan is allowing the ISPSC to become law. This will help to improve safety around public and private pools and spas across the great state of Maryland,” said Brian St. Clair, President of the PHTA Mid-Atlantic chapter. “The public can find comfort in knowing that the ISPSC will hold companies to the highest safety standards, helping to reduce drownings, ER visits, and accidents around pools. It will also help to consolidate code compliance for new construction and renovations of pools and spas, helping to streamline the building process for local companies. Thank you, Governor Hogan, for helping to keep Marylanders safe while enjoying the pools and spas across this wonderful state!” 

You can view the 2021 ISPSC Digital Code here. 

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Spa Parts Experts Adds Popular Spa and Hot Tub Brands to its Offerings

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Spa Parts Experts is undoubtedly relentless in delivering premium quality parts to meet the spa and hot tub needs of customers, judging by the continuous expansion of its inventory. In a related development, Spa Parts Experts currently offers products from leading brands in the market, with the likes of Balboa Water Group and Sundance Spa Parts in the store’s inventory.

The global spa market will hit $185.5 billion by 2030, a significant increase from the $102.9 billion recorded in 2022, according to a report by Astute Analytica. Over the years, the market has witnessed a series of evolution, with spas revamping their offerings to deliver an all-inclusive wellness approach. One of the major challenges that continue to trouble the industry and its stakeholders, especially spas, is access to quality equipment. However, Spa Parts Experts has been able to make a difference by bringing parts from top brands and making them available at unbeatable prices.

Spa Parts Experts aims to meet the diverse needs of clients, helping them to deliver the best wellness experience to their customers by offering a blend of quality and affordability. The store currently offers a wide array of parts from Balboa Water Group, one of the top brands in high demand that creates high-quality spa parts, all available at competitive rates.

There is also a huge collection of spa parts from Sundance Spa Parts, another world-renowned brand popular for creating top quality spa parts, with a presence across the globe. Spa Parts Experts has particularly distinguished itself in the industry for the comprehensiveness of its inventory, leveraging a strong network and partnership with big brands as mentioned above, and offering products such as Sundance Circuit boards as well as Balboa Circuit boards.

To learn more about the huge variety of parts offered by Spa Parts Experts, visit – https://spapartsexperts.com/.


About Spa Parts Experts

Spa Parts Experts is a top provider of high-quality and long-lasting parts for spas and hot tubs. The company was launched to enable customers to get quality parts without paying through their noses, thanks to a user-friendly online platform that hosts products from top brands in different parts of the world.

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King Technology: The EPA Helps Protect Residential Pools & Hot Tubs

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MINNEAPOLIS, May 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — King Technology: frogproducts.com

Online purchasing has a dark side. Learn to check for EPA registration when buying pool and hot tub sanitizing products.

Recent news1 reveals that some chlorine tablets sold online aren’t registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Without an EPA label, pool and hot tub owners cannot be confident that the product purchased will keep pool and hot tub water free of harmful contaminants and may not be safe for use.

The EPA ensures that people have access to accurate information about personal health and environmental risks for certain classes of chemicals.

Notably, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, FIFRA, requires pool and hot tub chemicals that kill or control algae and bacteria in the water that are sold or distributed in the United States – including imported pesticides2 – to be registered with the EPA. That includes chlorine tablets, chlorine pool shock, liquid chlorine, and algaecide.

To obtain EPA registration, a product must complete complex, rigorous processes that involve extensive testing, evaluation, and reviews to ensure that the product is safe and effective for its intended use. This takes years to complete.

EPA registered products must comply with stringent labeling requirements. All products must include an EPA Registration Number, an EPA Establishment Number, Active Ingredient Statement, Directions for Use and Storage and Disposal Statements.

Only two product brands currently on the market contain EPA registered sanitizing minerals for swimming pool and hot tubs, FROG® and Nature 2®.

Only products that meet the EPA’s strict standards are allowed to be sold and used as sanitizers in swimming pools and hot tubs.

While online shopping has become a way of life, it has allowed many products to enter the market with false claims of water sanitization stating EPA registration when they are not EPA registered.

To know if a product is EPA registered, look at the product label. It will include the EPA Registration Number. It will always begin with “EPA Reg. No.” followed by a number that represents the company that owns the registration then a dash and another number representing the ingredients in that product. For example, “EPA Reg. No. 53735–11”

This tells you that the product is registered with the EPA and has passed all EPA requirements.

The label will also have an EPA Establishment Number that shows where the product was produced. For example, EPA Est. No. 071209-AZ-001.

Anyone may look up the EPA Registration Number to verify it; one resource is NPIRS.

Every pool and hot tub requires a method to sanitize the water, and owners have many options to accomplish this. If using packaged sanitizers, always make sure they are registered with the EPA.

One brand, FROG, has many EPA registered sanitizing options for pools and hot tubs.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 952-933-6118.

  1. Pool Magazine, April 14, 2023
  2. EPA definition of pesticide: A pesticide is intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest.

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Bullfrog Spas Unveils New Premium Clear Comfort AOP System

The All-New Bullfrog Spas Offering Leverages the Market-Leading
CCW25 AOP System From Clear Comfort

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Louisville, Colorado – April 25, 2023 – Clear Comfort is pleased to announce a partnership with Bullfrog Spas, a leading manufacturer of premium spas and hot tubs, to offer their revolutionary AOP systems in premium Bullfrog Spas models. With the CCW25 AOP system integration, Bullfrog Spas owners can experience best-in-class water quality, low-touch water care and easy maintenance. Powered by the patented Hydroxyl-Based AOP (advanced oxidation process), the CCW25 AOP system uniquely delivers direct hydroxyl injection into the spa circulation system to destroy unwanted contaminants on contact, cleanse the water, keep it crystal clear and safe to use. 

With the all-new CCW25 AOP system offering, Bullfrog Spas’ market-leading designs deliver owners the ultimate experience in ease of use, health and wellness. 

“The CCW25 is a critical piece of the industry-leading water care experience we’d like to provide for our customers,” said Dan Sjoblom, President of Bullfrog Spas. “We know our customers expect the best when it comes to easy water care. We feel like the Clear Comfort AOP system helps us meet or even exceed those expectations, giving them the peace of mind that comes from knowing their water is safe and clean.”

Bullfrog Spas is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality hot tub and spa experiences, and the Clear Comfort CCW25 AOP system enhances this commitment. With the CCW25 AOP system, Bullfrog Spas owners can ensure that their hot tubs and spas will be a source of relaxation and enjoyment for years to come.

“Clear Comfort is proud to partner with Bullfrog Spas,” said Steve Berens, CEO and Co-Founder of Clear Comfort. “Bullfrog has been the market-leading innovator in style, form and function in the spa industry for over two decades. The Bullfrog Spa customer continues to benefit from the company’s commitment to forward-thinking design and engineering.”

More than ever before, spa owners are actively seeking to enhance their personal wellness and healthy lifestyle. Bullfrog Spas’ new CCW25 AOP system delivers non-corrosive water care, while minimizing chlorine, bromine and other toxic chemicals to healthier levels than municipal drinking water. Additionally, the CCW25 AOP system allows spa owners to have clearer water that’s kind to eyes, skin, and lungs, as well as surfaces and equipment.

The all-new Bullfrog Spas CCW25 AOP system provides owners of portable spas, swim spas, plunge pools and personal hot tubs:

  • Powerful, full-flow AOP water treatment from the patented, award-winning and first-to-market Hydroxyl-Based AOP spa sanitation;
  • Healthy, non-corrosive and soft-feeling spa water with less toxic chemicals than drinking water;
  • Low-touch water treatment without toxic chemical handling after every use;
  • Fast system maintenance with a 1-minute cartridge replacement each year;
  • Fully certified for safety and performance.

About Bullfrog Spas

Bullfrog Spas is a leading manufacturer of premium hot tubs that are designed with innovation, luxury, and quality in mind. The company has been in business for over 25 years and has received numerous awards and accolades for its commitment to design, innovation, and excellence. Bullfrog Spas is headquartered in the Salt Lake City, UT metro area and has dealerships located throughout North America and around the world. To learn more about Bullfrog Spas, visit www.bullfrogspas.com

About Clear Comfort

Clear Comfort, Inc. manufactures and sells Today’s Best AOP treatment systems that deliver the best, healthiest and most sustainable water to Play and Thrive. Powered by a patented Hydroxyl-Based Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology, Clear Comfort is a leader in water treatment innovation for pools, spas, aquatic facilities, livestock, agriculture and other industrial water management. With headquarters and manufacturing based in Colorado, the award-winning Clear Comfort AOP systems are sustainably “Made in the USA.” Clear Comfort is a proud Impact Driven company dedicated to creating healthy, ethical and sustainable water solutions. Today, Clear Comfort AOP systems are trusted in the leading recreation centers, universities, resorts, water parks, major league sports organizations, homes, greenhouses, farms and more. To learn more about Clear Comfort, please visit clearcomfort.com.

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