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National Electrical Code (NEC)

NFPA Issues Update to 2023 NEC

The NFPA Standards Council approved updates to the 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC) related to pools on April 10, 2023. These updates were proposed by a task group comprising representatives from PHTA, utility companies, and Consumer Product Safety Commission, and were approved by the NFPA Code Making Panel. The updated standards include several changes:

  • The definition of "pool" in the NEC now explicitly excludes bodies of water such as lagoons and surf parks, even if they contain a swimming area.
  • Steel wire or copper grid can be used for perimeter bonding on conductive paved areas as long as they are listed for corrosion resistance and mechanical performance. This listing requirement will take effect on January 1, 2025.
  • The code language on unpaved portions of perimeter surfaces has been clarified.
  • Nonconductive portions of perimeter surfaces that meet code requirements will not require equipotential bonding.

Currently, no states have adopted the 2023 NEC; however, several states including Texas, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, and Massachusetts are reviewing and scheduled to adopt during the next twelve months. For more information on NEC adoptions, please visit the NEC adoptions page. For more information, contact PHTA Vice President of Government Relations, Standards, and Codes Justin Wiley.

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  • MCC
  • Pentair
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  • WatkinsWellness

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