|The City of Chula Vista is closing Loma Verde pool at midnight tonight, when a tough new federal law aimed at drowning prevention takes effect. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act mandates stringent new requirements for public and residential pools and spas. One section of the law requires that new anti-entrapment drain covers be installed. Since those covers are in short supply due to a backlog of orders, many public pools will be unable to comply with the new federal law. Those who violate the law face criminal prosecution and hefty fines. Due to the penalties and potential liability issues, the Chula Vista City Attorney’s office has advised Recreation officials to close Loma Verde until new drain covers can be installed.
Chula Vista has two city-owned pools—Loma Verde and Parkway. Parkway is closed over the holidays for regularly scheduled maintenance. Chula Vista’s Recreation Department is in constant communication with equipment vendors and manufacturers to ensure the City will have access to the required equipment as soon as it becomes available. Loma Verde will open as soon as a new drain cover is delivered, which is not expected until early January.