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Kory Parker, manager of the Aquatics Division at Stratton and Brätt in Pleasant Grove, holds the new electrical system, which acts as a secondary safety mechanism to turn off the supply of chemicals in pools if necessary.

Courtesy of Stratton and Brätt

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Kory Parker, manager of the Aquatics Division at Stratton and Brätt in Pleasant Grove, holds the new electrical system, which acts as a secondary safety mechanism to turn off the supply of chemicals in pools if necessary.

Courtesy of Stratton and Brätt

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Pleasant Grove’s Stratton and Brätt developed a secondary pool safety system after a nationwide Department of Health Code was approved that requires it.

The code change comes after a number of instances where the primary security systems of certain pools failed, causing chlorine and hydrochloric acid to mix.

The chlorine and hydrochloric acid normally used to maintain the pH and disinfect the pool were both directed into the circulation line, which was not moved during the day-to-day maintenance of the system. 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 hospitalized patients. Both were attributed to mechanical failure within the pool system.

Updates to the Public Safety Code came in August, and the original plan required compliance by January 2021. The state then moved the deadline to January 2023, requiring all new pools built before that time to have the secondary safety system.

Kory Parker, Stratton and Brätts’ aquarium division manager, said this will put a financial burden on some Utah cities, and the move will allow those cities to budget for the changes.

“The state has mandated that we not only have the primary safety system that monitors the flow, but that we now also have to be electrically connected to the system,” he said. “If the system pump fails electrically, it deactivates all chemical supplies, so this is a secondary security.”

Parker’s main concern when the conversations about the code began was the idea that the technology to implement it may not exist. He then teamed up with the company’s electrician and developed the system to fill the void.

Regardless of the type of pool system used, the secondary security system can be installed on the electrical side.

With over 3,000 public pools required to comply with the state code, Stratton and Brätt are hoping to be the primary supplier.

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 ensure their safety and to the water industry to keep the swimming pools open.

“This is the only other way to make sure we don’t have accidental exposure to chemicals,” said Parker. “That is the reason for secondary security, and there are secondary security on many different systems. As far as I can tell, this is the first time that we really have secondary redundant security for the chemical delivery system. “

While the state was moving the compliance date to 2023, Utah County officials were concerned about the safety of their pool owners and sent out a 90-day notice to all of approximately 500 pools in the county, Parker said.

This put Parker and others into hyperdrive.

While the county later adjusted to the state on the fulfillment date, Stratton and Brätt had already seized the opportunity to develop the product.

Parker was at the forefront of development, which the larger, more commercial companies weren’t.

“It was a ‘hurry up and do it now’ thing,” said Parker. “During that first 45 day period, I installed 12 of these (systems) in different pools around Utah County before the county came and withdrew on the compliance date. We set out immediately, with all intent and intent, in hopes of having one available for everyone in Utah County who needed it. I made 50 of them and had them installed within this period. “

These public swimming pools in need of the system are not just swimming pools, they include wherever human contact is expected.

It is expected that Stratton and Brätt will be able to make their secondary system available to so many public swimming pools in the state that contractors and available technology are limited.

It believes it will play an important role in serving the entire state, not just Utah County.

“That was a long time coming,” he assured me. “It’s unfortunate that we had to have accidents that finally got the ball rolling to shout something like that. This is probably the most important change we have made to the Health Code in the last 5 to 10 years in terms of guest safety. “