First Flowmeter Certified for Recreational Water Applications
Fluidics Hawaii’s device meets NSF and California building code standards
NSF Intl. has certified the first flowmeter for pool, spa and water park applications to the American National Standard for recreational water equipment and the new California regulations. Fluidics Hawaii LLC’s FV-C mechanical flowmeter is the first to earn NSF certification to this standard, demonstrating to pool operators and regulators its ability to effectively and accurately measure water flow. This is critical to disinfection, filtration and maintaining safe water circulation rates.
Verifying the safety and effectiveness of flowmeters is especially important to maintaining water flow rates within safe limits (as defined by law in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act), which helps prevent entrapment from pool and spa drains.
Earning certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 50: Equipment for Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Other Recreational Water Facilities also demonstrates Fluidics Hawaii’s compliance with regulations recently enacted in California. All 50 U.S. states require that public pools install a flowmeter to help health officials verify safe water circulation, filtration and water turnover during an inspection. The new California Building Code (Title 24, Part 2, Vol. 2, effective Sept. 1, 2012) requires flowmeters to be within a 10% accuracy rate and to be tested and certified to an industry standard such as NSF/ANSI Standard 50.
To earn NSF/ANSI 50 certification, Fluidics Hawaii’s flowmeter was evaluated by NSF engineers to verify material safety, corrosion resistance, burst pressure and durability, as well as accuracy under various conditions. In addition, NSF conducted an audit of the company’s manufacturing facility in Sylvania, Ohio, to verify quality assurance and control requirements were met. NSF also confirmed that only authorized materials and components are used in the manufacturing of the flowmeters. NSF will conduct annual unannounced facility audits and periodic retesting to ensure ongoing compliance.
“Fluidics Hawaii focuses on developing innovative solutions and devices to make pools and spas operate cleaner, safer and more efficiently. By being the first to earn NSF Intl. certification for our FV-C flowmeter, we’re demonstrating this commitment to our customers and public health officials and providing them with the accurate tools they need to help protect the health and safety of swimmers,” said Paul Hackett, CEO of Fluidics Hawaii.
“The accuracy of pool flowmeters is of the utmost importance in maintaining the safety of the pool and spa environment for swimmers. As the first to earn NSF certification for their flowmeter, Fluidics Hawaii is demonstrating its leadership in the recreational water industry,” said Dave Purkiss, general manager of NSF’s Water Treatment and Distribution Products Certification Programs.