Nice Grove pool firm develops security machine to forestall doubtlessly deadly chemical leaks | Enterprise Information
Pleasant Grove’s Stratton and Brätt developed a secondary security system for pools after a state-wide code of the Department of Health approved it.
The code change comes after a number of cases where the primary security systems of certain pools malfunctioned and chlorine and hydrochloric acid mixed.
The chlorine and hydrochloric acid normally used to maintain the pH level and disinfect the pool were both fed into the circulation line which did not move to the system during daily maintenance. When the power was turned back on, the system pushed the chemicals into the pool that people were swimming in, creating mustard gas.
Two of these cases occurred in Utah County and sent patrons to the hospital. Both were attributed to a mechanical failure in the pool system.
The public safety code was updated in August, and the original plan required compliance by January 2021. The state then moved the deadline to January 2023, requiring all pools newly built before that time to have the secondary safety system.
Kory Parker, Stratton and Bratt’s watersports division manager, said this will be a financial drain on some Utah cities, and the move will allow those cities to budget for the changes.
“What the state has mandated is that not only do we have the primary safety system monitoring the flow, but that we now have to connect to the system electrically,” he said. “If the system pump fails electrically, all chemical feed will be disabled, which is a secondary security.”
Parker’s main concern when we started talking about the code was the idea that the technology that would make this possible may not exist. He then sat down with the company’s electrician and developed the system needed to fill the void.
Whichever type of pool system is used, the secondary security system can be installed on the electrical side.
Stratton and Brätt hope to be the main supplier with over 3,000 public pools that must meet government regulations.
Parker added that the system he helped develop is the only one he knows. Stratton and Brätt officials felt they had an obligation to the public to keep their safety and to the water industry to keep the pools open.
“This is the only other way to make sure we don’t have this accidental chemical introduction,” said Parker. “That is the reason for secondary security, and there are secondary security on many different systems. As far as I can really tell, this is the first time that we really have secondary redundant security for the chemical delivery system. “
While the state was postponing the compliance date to 2023, Utah county officials were concerned about the safety of their pool owners and sent a 90-day notice to all 500 pools in the county, Parker said.
This sent Parker and others into the hyperdrive.
While the county later corresponded to the state on the compliance date, Stratton and Brätt had already taken the opportunity to develop the product.
Parker was at the forefront of development, which the larger, more commercial companies were not yet.
“It was one thing to hurry up and get it done now,” recalled Parker. “During that first 45 day period, I installed 12 of these (systems) in different pools in Utah County before the county came and withdrew on its compliance date. With all intents and purposes, we hit the groundwork hoping to be able to provide one for everyone in Utah County who had to do so. I’ve had 50 of them made and I’m ready to install them in that time. “
These public swimming pools that require the system are not just swimming pools, but include all areas where human contact is expected.
It is expected that Stratton and Brätt will be able to make their secondary system available to as many public pools as possible in the state, with limited contractors and available technologies.
It is expected to play an important role in delivering the systems across the state, not just Utah County.
“It took a long time,” he explained. “It’s unfortunate that we’ve had accidents where the ball finally got rolling to demand something like this. This is probably the most important # 1 change we’ve made to the Health Code in the last 5 to 10 years in terms of customer safety. “