The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA) became federal law on December 19, 2007. The act was passed to prevent entrapment injuries and deaths at swimming pools and spas.
The VGBA requires all pool drain covers manufactured or sold in the United States to comply with new entrapment standards. VGBA also requires owners of all new and existing public swimming pool and spa suction outlet systems to install safety equipment, including ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 certified suction outlets and covers, designed to prevent entrapment.
Since the law took effect, public pool and spa owners in Iowa have been required to have their pool and spa drain covers in compliance with VGBA.
Additional information about compliance with VGBA can be found at: www.poolsafety.gov/