I wanted to share this picture with everyone on here. Please feel free to pass this information along to everyone in the industry that you may know. We recently took over this account and when we pulled the cover and drained the pool, we discovered the previous company's VGB solution. These particular grates are tested to withstand @150 gpm at 1.5fps. The minimum flow requirement on this pool is 213gpm at 1.5 fps. Because the previous company was completely lax in their estimate and solution, they felt that they could slap on these covers and be fine. As you can see the exact opposite is true and they have created a much more dangerous solution than if they had left the old covers in place.
Unfortunately this is not uncommon. I have seen too many times where someone either in the industry or a maintenance person just slaps on new main drain covers without taking into account flow rates or properly securing the covers. We as an industry all look bad when this happens and we need to hold other accountable for their dangerous and life threatening solutions. The fact that this was done is completely unexcusable. Had someone spent 10 minutes actually addressing the system and seeing what type of water they were moving this could have been prevented. Fortunately for them and the property, no one was hurt or killed.
I truly hope that everyone passes this on and uses this as a learning and teaching tool. Educate others in the industry that might not be as vigilant as you are and educate the properties as well.