Public Schools Achieve Pool Safety Act Compliance Using Advanced Vacuum Release System


  Osborn & Barr Communications   (314) 746-1941

Elizabeth, N.J. — As the deadline for compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act approaches, Hayward Pool Products announces its Stratum™ VRS meets or exceeds all of the performance standards required by the legislation regarding additional anti-entrapment devices, and is the most advanced option available to help public pools attain critical compliance regarding drain and pool safety.

"Those affected by this legislation are found in many places such as: apartment and condominium complexes, private and public health clubs, hotels and resorts, neighborhood pools and both public and private school systems. Whether you're the manager of a large aquatic facility or a bed and breakfast resort, the public swimming pool must comply with the Safety Act by December 19, 2008 or risk significant civil and criminal penalties," said Kevin Potucek, vice president of marketing for Hayward Pool Products.

Stratum VRS is the only system in the industry that both vents the suction lines to open air and turn off the pump's power should the VRS activate - other systems only do one or the other. In addition to continually monitoring the pressure in pool and spa suction lines, the Stratum VRS goes through a complete internal test during each startup to ensure all components are functioning properly.

"Should the device activate, management will also appreciate that the Stratum VRS will restart the pumps automatically once it determines the lines are free from any obstruction," said Potucek. "This eliminates the need to call a service technician to restart the system for nuisance trips like a towel on the drain or a pool cleaner passing over the drain during maintenance — reducing pool and filtration system downtime. The Stratum VRS is the most advanced SVRS system available."

A Stratum VRS can be installed and operational in a few hours by a trained installer. It is extremely cost effective when compared to other anti-entrapment devices or systems, as significant downtime, and the costly engineering and reconstruction of the plumbing and/or pool are required with those efforts.

About Hayward® Industries
Hayward Pool Products, a division of Hayward Industries, Inc., has been America's first choice in residential swimming pool equipment for more than 40 years. The company markets the Totally Hayward® System of advanced pool equipment to help address some of the challenges faced by many pool owners such as safety, energy efficiency and maintenance time and costs. The company's diverse product line includes pumps, filters, heaters, heat pumps, automatic pool cleaners, controls, colored lighting, valves, vacuum release systems, drain covers and other general pool products for residential and commercial applications.

Another Hayward Industries division, Goldline Controls® offers electronic controls for total pool automation, total pool chemistry management, solar applications and electronic chlorine generators. These products are integral components of the Totally Hayward® System. Goldline Controls is headquartered in North Kingstown, R.I. For more information, visit

Hayward Industries is headquartered in Elizabeth, N.J. For more information, contact Hayward at (908) 351-5400 or visit

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