First company to have safety vacuum release system certified by NSF for meeting the performance requirements of national pool/spa drain standards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International has certified its first automatic recreational water pump shut-off product (also known as a safety vacuum release system) for meeting the requirements of national pool and spa standards: ASME A112.19.17-2010 and NSF/ANSI 50-2010. The ECOTECH EZ™ variable speed pool pump motor and control, manufactured by Nidec Motor Corporation, is designed to detect potential entrapment and shut down the pump to help mitigate body parts from becoming trapped in the drain due to suction.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 300 children under the age of 5 drown in pools and spas each year, and many of these accidents are due to broken or improperly installed drain covers. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (Act), which took effect in December 2008, requires new anti-entrapment devices be installed. This Act also requires independent, third-party testing of safety vacuum release systems to ASME A112.19.17 - 2010 Manufactured Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS) for Residential and Commercial Swimming Pool, Spa, Hot Tub, and Wading Pool Suction Systems to serve as an additional layer of protection in water safety.

The ASME A112.19.17 standard is referenced within the Act and NSF/ANSI Standard 50 (2010): Equipment for Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Other Recreational Water Facilities. NSF/ANSI Standard 50, required by most U.S. States, contains technical requirements and references for many different product types used in private and public swimming pools, spas and other recreational water facilities, including SVRS and automatic pump shut-off devices. NSF utilizes NSF/ANSI and ASME standards when testing and certifying these devices.

NSF/ANSI Standard 50 is the American National Standard for products used in recreational water facilities and includes material safety, design and construction, and product performance requirements. Certification to the standard verifies that the product does not contribute excessive levels of contaminants into the water, is resistant to corrosion, is durable in design and construction, and has been thoroughly evaluated for functional performance.

The ECOTECH EZ™ variable speed pool pump motor and control met all of ASME and NSF Certification requirements. This included testing performed with multiple pump types (e.g., low head and high head pumps for low and high flow and/or pressure applications) and pumps located both below the water line (i.e. flooded suction applications) and above the water line (i.e. suction lift applications). To verify that NSF Certified products continue to comply with all requirements, NSF performs annual, unannounced inspections of manufacturing facilities. To view the ECOTECH EZ™ listing, visit NSF’s website.

“The NSF Certification of the ECOTECH EZ™ variable speed pool pump motor and control helps assure owners and operators at recreational water facilities that the SVRS has met or exceeded the highest level of testing and certification requirements to help minimize entrapment risk,” said Dave Purkiss, General Manager for NSF International’s Water Treatment and Distribution program.

“We are very pleased that our SVRS products are the first automatic pump shut off to be certified through NSF International’s Recreational Water Certification Program to the latest ASME standard. Having our SVRS products tested and certified by NSF, the recognized leader in pool safety product testing, adds even more credibility to the Emerson brand and positions these NSF Certified products for greater use in municipal and commercial facilities and private residences,” said John Elking, Director of Product Development, Emerson / Nidec Motor Corporation.

For more information about NSF recreational water certification (NSF/ANSI Standard 50) contact Dave Purkiss at purkiss@nsf.org or 734-827-6855 or visit NSF’s recreational water webpage. More information about Emerson / Nidec Motor Corporation is available at www.nidec-motor.com/POOL.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF/ANSI Standard 50 specifies the testing requirements for virtually any product used at a recreational water facility. NSF/ANSI Standard 50 is the American National Standard for products that are used in recreational water facilities and includes materials, design and construction and product performance requirements. Certification to the standard verifies that the product does not contribute excessive levels of contaminants into the water, is resistant to corrosion, is durable in design and construction, and has been thoroughly evaluated for functional performance. An online listing of NSF Certified Recreational Water Products is available at www.nsf.org/certified/pools.

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training programs, safety audits for the food and water industries and management systems registrations through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd.

CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org