The act requires that public pools be equipped with one of three approved drain covers or an entrapment prevention system accepted by the Consumer Products Safety Commission by December 19, 2008 or the next time the pool is open for public use.
Safety expert Allan Korn of Safe Kids Worldwide said pool contractors around the country should view the arrest as a call to build not only beautiful pools but safe pools.
"Any time a child dies it's a horrible event, but this is a particularly horrific way to die," said Korn.
Kyle Gassiott is a 2008 Carnegie Fellow at ABC News. He is currently a graduate student in journalism at the University of Iowa.