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March into Spring! 
Five Features to Help You Enjoy Your Backyard Today

Memorial Day Weekend may traditionally be the time when the barbecue is cleaned off, fired up and the pool and spa is opened for the summer season. But why wait for another two months for the activities to begin when you can start enjoying your backyard today with these five fun features?

“After a long winter, we are ready to go outside and enjoy our backyards and the fresh air,” said John C. Migliaccio, Vice President, the Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA), Hamilton, New Jersey. “While March and April may not be prime swimming pool months in the Northeast, here are a few ideas to help you and your family enjoy your backyard starting today.”

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Approved Drain Covers & Safety Vacuum Release Systems

The following companies, listed alphabetically, manufacture pool and spa drain covers of various sizes and have represented to CPSC staff that their covers meet the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard, as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, Section 1404(c)(1)(A)(i).

The CPSC is providing this information as a convenience to pool owners and operators. The CPSC does not provide approval or endorsements for any of these companies or their products. Other companies not listed may also manufacture products that meet the requirements of the law.

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Northeast Spa & Pool Association

NESPA has been affiliated with the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), first as that organization's Northeast Chapter, and subsequently, as the administrator of the five APSP Chapters located in a territory known as Region I. NESPA is also the primary communicator to over 700 individual APSP members in the area. NESPA is the owner and producer of the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show, one of the swimming pool industry's largest events which draws over 9,000 people to Atlantic City for four days of educational, business and social activities each year. NESPA's other “trademark” activity is the Professional Training Institute, which began as Hands-On-Training Institute in 1984. PTI offers the industry's broadest, most comprehensive training programs designed to upgrade professional skills in building, service, management and retail operations.

Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

The pool industry was in its infancy in the ‘50s. Considered a luxury only the wealthy could afford, swimming pools were build primarily by engineers and craftspeople who had branched out from the construction industry. In 1956, a small group of men met in Chicago to discuss the formation of a pool trade association. By 1957, the National Swimming Pool Institute, as it was dubbed, had its first president – Bob Hoffman. Seven regional groups joined NSPI and its first convetnion was slated for Houston. By the end of 1958, Chicago-based NSPI had grown to 600 members in 38 states
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