Pool & Hot Tub Alliance News
2021 PHTA Awards of Excellence: Merit Winners
This year's PHTA Awards of Excellence includes a new category, created to further recognize standout projects. We are pleased to introduce the 2021 Merit award winners.
October 21, 2021
2021 PHTA Awards of Excellence: Silver Winners
These breathtaking projects received the second-highest accolade by the PHTA in this year's Awards of Excellence.
October 14, 2021
2021 Awards of Excellence: Gold Winners
The PHTA International Awards of Excellence celebrates the remarkable work of the best builders and designers in the business.
October 12, 2021
World Aquatic Health Conference Moves to Virtual Platform
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Board of Directors has made the unanimous decision to hold the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) in a virtual format only, in the interest of public health and safety. WAHC 2021 will now be presented as an entirely virtual event on December 7-9.
September 14, 2021
Paralympian Jessica Long to Deliver Keynote at WAHC
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is thrilled to announce that five-time Paralympian Jessica Long will be delivering the keynote presentation at this year's World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), taking place October 13-15 in Houston, Texas. Long has won 23 Paralympic medals in swimming, 13 of them gold.
August 19, 2021
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WAHC Conference Returns As In-Person Event
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance recently announced more details about the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC). See the organization's statement below:
August 12, 2021
PHTA Launches New Apprenticeship Program
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) recently launched the Registered Pool Maintenance and Service Technician Apprenticeship Program to help build a more skilled and diverse workforce, and expand the workforce of service professionals in the aquatics industry. As a registered apprenticeship program, this program has been validated by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides employers access to larger talent pools.
August 5, 2021
Step Into Swim and Every Child A Swimmer Combine Forces To Prevent Childhood Drowning
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is pleased to announce that its philanthropic initiative Step Into Swim has combined forces with the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Every Child A Swimmer program to prevent childhood drowning.
August 3, 2021
WAHC Registration is Now Open
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance recently announced that registration for the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) is now open. See the organization's statement below:
July 29, 2021
PHTA Welcomes Public Review on New Standard for Elevated Pools/Spas
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is inviting public review and comments on a new PHTA/ICC-10 Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure. Public review is an important part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards consensus development process.
July 22, 2021
Nominate a Young Professional of the Year
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is recognizing young professionals in the pool and spa industry. See the organization's criteria below:
July 15, 2021
Deadline Extended: PHTA Awards of Excellence
The deadline for builders to submit their best projects into Pool & Hot Tub Alliance's Award of Excellence competition has been extended to Friday, July 16 at 11:59 pm ET.
July 8, 2021
Nominate a Retailer of the Year
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is recognizing dedicated retail professionals in the pool and spa industry. See the organization's criteria below:
July 6, 2021
Nominate a Service Professional of the Year
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is recognizing dedicated service professionals in the pool and spa industry. See the organization's criteria below:
June 24, 2021
Step Into Swim Grants Help Over 6,000 Children Learn to Swim
Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), has recently distributed $99,590 in grant funds to 22 facilities across the country, reaching 6,297 children.
June 22, 2021
PHTA Welcomes Comments on Revised National Standard for Residential Pool/Spa Energy Efficiency
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is inviting public review and comments on the revision of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 2011 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency, also known as the PHTA-15 standard. Public review is an important part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards consensus development process.The PHTA-15 standard covers energy efficiency requirements for permanently installed residential aboveground/onground and inground swimming pools and inground spas operated by the property owner and used for bathing. It is intended to cover certain aspects of the swimming pool filtration and auxiliary system design; equipment, including pool and spa heaters; installation; and operational capabilities, for the purpose of minimizing energy consumption while maintaining water quality and temperature. The standard is intended to meet the new requirements of the Department of Energy’s Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump (DPPP) Rule, which applies to all pumps regardless of their use or purpose."Energy efficiency has become very important to the pool industry and to our nation," explains Kenneth Gregory, PHTA-15 Standard Writing Committee (SWC) Chair and Compliance & Safety Manager of Pentair. "In recent years, the pool industry has led the way in saving consumers money by providing energy-saving products as required by the APSP-15 standard. This new revision, PHTA-15, takes energy saving to a new level. Consumers for years to come will enjoy major savings on the cost to operate their pool, spa, or hot tub."PHTA invites all pool and hot tub professionals, as well as non-industry members, to review the draft and submit comments for consideration. The ANSI public review announcement on the required 45-day public review period was published in the ANSI Standards Action on June 4, 2021. All public review comments on the revised PHTA-15 standard are due on Monday, July 19, 2021.The PHTA-15 standard is a revision and redesignation of ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 2011 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency and is consolidated with Addenda A Approved by ANSI on January 9, 2013. The following individuals served on the PHTA-15 SWC:Kenneth Gregory, Chair, PENTAIR (Washington, Utah)Dan Baldewicz, Energy Solutions (Oakland, Calif.)Philip Escobedo, Fluidra (Carlsbad, Calif.)John Garner, Sr., Pools by John Garner Inc. (Jacksonville, Fla.)Paul Hackett, H2flow Controls Inc. (Sylvania, Ohio)Ray Mirzaei, Waterway Plastics (Oxnard, Calif.)John O'Hare, Hayward Pool Products (Clemmons, N.C.)Shawn Strausbaugh, International Code Council (York, Pa.)Gary Walt, Speck Pumps-Pool Products, Inc. (Jacksonville, Fla.)
June 15, 2021
5 Reasons to Enter the PHTA Awards of Excellence Program
With national, local and international exposure opportunities and industry recognition, these are the top five reasons to enter the PHTA International Awards of Excellence design competition:
June 8, 2021
Olympians and Business Icons to Lead Drowning Prevention Effort
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is pleased to announce the formation of The Champions Board, a distinguished group of athletes, pool industry professionals and philanthropists who are committed to drowning prevention. Some leading names include: 2016 Olympian Cammile Adams, Olympic Silver Medalist Lia Neal as well as Rich Garbee, vice president of sales and marketing for GLI Pool Products and Troy Franzen, president of Fluidra North America and many more.
May 27, 2021
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Chemical Incidents Up Across Nation
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