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APSP Enhances Drought Education and Outreach Efforts
Supporting the California Pool and Spa Association

The APSP, a national organization that represents pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, has partnered with the California Pool and Spa Association in response to the California drought.

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has announced additional support to bolster the efforts by the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA), specifically in Southern California, as the industry continues to educate local policymakers, regulators, and the public about water use by pools and spas to ensure that water restrictions do not adversely impact the pool and spa industry.

APSP has retained California-based national lobby firm Nossaman, LLP to work with the CPSA and represent the industry's perspective before city councils, water districts, and other local jurisdictions as regulations are developed to address California's ongoing drought.

"APSP is excited to partner with CPSA to support and expand their excellent drought education and outreach efforts," said Rich Gottwald, president and CEO of APSP. "California tends to set the tone for other states. We support responsible efforts to address the drought, and hope to send a message to other states as well that pools, spas and hot tubs are not water wasters."

"For the past 18 months, CPSA has been at the forefront, defending the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry against unwarranted regulations and educating public officials on the fact that pools and spas don't waste water. With more than 700 water districts and 400 cities and counties with jurisdiction over water-use issues, CPSA has taken on this Herculean effort with the support of its members and contributors. There is still so much to do going into what is expected to be a long hot summer. As such, we very much appreciate the support of APSP to help get our message to policymakers, the media and consumers," said John Norwood, president of CPSA.

APSP will directly fund this additional regulatory work in Southern California. Gottwald also announced plans to use funding from the World of Recreational Water Foundation to increase its support of the ongoing public education campaign promoting water conservation and facts about water use in pools and spas as part of the CPSA's Let's Pool Together campaign. More information on this campaign can be found at

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