Two new requirements from Florida’s Department of Health have caused confusion for the state’s pool/spa industry, but it appears a resolution is on the horizon.

In July, a new stipulation was enacted in Chapter 64E-9 of the Florida Administrative Code (FAC). It states that all commercial pools and spas in the state must be tested with kits meeting the NSPF-50 standard and receiving a Level 1 accuracy rating for all factors being tested.

While commercial pool operators were being placed on notice that implementation would come soon, no test kits exist that meet all the criteria, said Dallas Thiessen, senior director of government affairs for the Florida Swimming Pool Association. Those that come closest are expensive, costing roughly $850 to $1,300, compared with the $100 to $300 price range of the most commonly used kits.

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