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New Pump Law for Arizona

New pool pump efficiency standards are hitting Arizona and local industry groups and organizations are educating their members.

With its comparisons to the Title 20 code in California, in play since 2006, the Pool Pump and Portable Spa Energy Efficiency Standards will take effect Jan. 1, 2012 in the state of Arizona. This will require a two-speed, multi-speed or variable-speed pump be installed on all residential applications greater than a 1 horsepower motor.

Many manufacturers have been offering training and guidance to IPSSA (Independent Pool & Spa Service Association) and APSP (Association of Pool and Spa Professionals) members and will be there every step of the way for future questions that are sure to arise.

“We’re targeting the whole pool industry — builders, service companies and all that — to help them be prepared to support and comply with the law,” said Steve Barnes, safety and compliance manager at Pentair Water Pool and Spa in Sanford, N.C.

Manufacturers have an uphill battle trying to keep this new code in a positive light as many of the industry groups have voiced their objections.

“Our big focus is on feature benefit — how customers are seeing major energy savings with variable-speed pumps,” Barnes said. “We have value to sell.”

Representatives from utility groups such as Arizona Public Service and the Salt River Project have been speaking at local industry meetings educating pool professionals about energy rebates, etc. as well as providing updates on legislation. These efforts will be crucial once the law goes into effect as there is still a lot of work to do.

“There are a lot of independent pool professionals who don’t know about what’s going on,” said Chuck Schoch Jr., president of the Central Arizona Chapter of APSP. “This information is going to take awhile to trickle down.”