With the Model Aquatic Health Code going into its second revision and state health departments (especially on the East Coast) already enacting certain requirements for maintaining a low combined chlorine level, upgrading turnover rates, and in some cases increasing gutter sizes (yikes!), it got me thinking how those who own and operate commercial pools are going to be able to foot the bill for all those items if the government ever steps in and mandates these improvements take place.
As always, Don’t Panic! Your good friends at TMI are doing our research in order to help you navigate those types of issues. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a new grant on the books called the Pool Safely Grant Program (yes, “Safely”, not a typo!). As much as $250,000 could be heading your way, but you have to act quickly as the deadline is March 19th.
So, who’s eligible? According to this PDF document:
The 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated State of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Midway Island, Wake Island, Kingman Reef, and Johnston Island.
Local Governments—political subdivisions of a state, which may include a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.
That’s pretty much everyone associated in some way with the United States of America. To find out other eligibility requirements and how to apply, read the attached .pdf and submit your application by going to http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=CPSC or feel free to check it out on your own by searching for announcement number CP-VGB-15-001 on Grants.gov.
Good luck! When you receive that grant, give me a call so we can make sure you are getting the right equipment.