Dual drain debate continues - letters
Pool & Spa News, July 12, 2002 I just finished reading your article on the Florida main drain code (6/7/02 issue).
I have been designing swimming pools for about 40 years. My standard procedure of the design of wading pools was to connect the main drain to the skimmer.
About 15 or 20 years ago, at a swim club in the King of Prussia, Pa. area, at a wading pool of my design, a 4-year-old boy sat on the main drain whose cover had been removed. The skimmer was clogged. Seventy-five percent of this boy's intestine was sucked out through his rectum.
Although I was absolved of any responsibility, the picture has never left my memory and subsequently, I have never designed any pool of any size without the use of at least two main drains sufficiently separated to preclude this ever happening again.
Regardless of the final code wording, the pool builders, for their own protection, should insist on the use of two drains.
Mitchel Abramowitz, AIA