My brother, who is a by the book electrician and teacher in MA has informed me that not only the pool needs to be bonded, but also the water has to be bonded (and in our case our fence since it's less than 5 feet from waters edge). Noone has seemed to hear of a water bonder. I looked it up and it was created in 2008 and in AZ no one is forced to take trainings, so ofcourse the city nor electricians are up to date on code. They try to say that they have been doing their job for 30 yrs, but that doesn't mean they are doing it accurately or that they r current. My brother is out of the state and I have an email in to the creator of the water along with awaiting a call from someone else who sells water bonders. Apparantly it's a $40 part and easy to install so worst case scenario I will purchase it but with a new pool the pb needs to be up to code, so really, it's his responsibility. I already had to educate them on having the convenience receptical, along with the city inspector who got nasty with me saying he's been doing this for so many years. Well, they were wrong.
The electrician finally just told me that I'm being nitpicky and that if we throw a radio into the pool no one will get electrocuted because they wrapped copper wire around the pool and it's grounded 5-6 feet into the ground on the rebar of the pool.
Anyone with any knowledge in this are or awareness of electric help me out pls? does it make sense that the water needs to be bonded, too? Someone said they thought it makes sense that the pool is somewhat insulating the water so that they can see how the water needs to bonded, too.
links: this one says that "other products available r placed in the plumbing, which is not always in contact with the water and therefore does not meet code. it also says "NEC (national electric code) 2008 680.26 (C) states: 'An intentional bond of a minimum conductive surface area of 9' shall be installed in contact with the pool water. This bond shall be permitted to consist of parts that are required to be bonded in 680.26(b).'" I'm not clear on this lingo but I know my bro says the water bonding is code.