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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's taking longer than Congress planned for many public pools to install protective drain covers. The Virginia Graeme-Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect in December.

It requires all public pools and spas to install anti-entrapment covers on each drain. Pools must be in compliance to open this summer.

Carver pool, operated by the city of Albany, is in compliance, but Lan Skalla with S&S chemical says he knows some pool operators haven't been able to meet the new regulations because there wasn't enough time to implement the changes.

He said, "Some because they didn't know, some because they didn't have the means, too much money, some because they didn't get the parts. It's typical, unfortunately, U.S. Government bureaucracy and this case that created a standard that could not be complied with mechanically, parts were not available."

The law was passed in hopes of keeping children from getting stuck underwater by the vacuum of a pool drain. Virginia was the granddaughter of former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker. She drowned in 2002 after getting trapped at the bottom of a pool by the suction of the drain.

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