03
Aug
2012
Pool Maintenance

Great Water Quality: Gold for Olympian Swimmers


27
Jul
2012
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Busting a Chlorine Swimming Pool Urban Myth

Last week, musician, composer and radio talk show host John Tesh tweeted the finding from a recent Water Quality & Health Council survey that one in five swimmers admit to “peeing in the pool”. Tesh warns, “If you smell chlorine, stay out”. I appreciate the fact that Tesh raised this subject and respectfully submit that his tweet needs a tiny tweak.... Read More »

06
Jul
2012
Pool Maintenance
by Michele Hlavsa

Reducing the Risk of Pool Chemical Accidents

The summer swim season is here, and unfortunately so are the pool chemical related health events. One event made national headlines in late June when about 70 people were taken to local hospitals and eight were hospitalized. However, many more of these events never make the headlines. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and... Read More »

29
Jun
2012
Hygiene & Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Add Water for a Fun 4th of July

A patriotic parade in the community, outdoor gatherings with family and friends, time on a lake or a dip in the pool and awesome fireworks: Does that capture some of your plans for the 4th of July? To help keep the fun in your hot weather holiday, here are some quick tips for staying hydrated... Read More »

01
Jun
2012
Hygiene & Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

A Brief History of Municipal Swimming Pools

Municipal swimming pools have evolved for more than 150 years from little more than public baths for the urban poor to the well-designed and scientifically operated facilities we know today. Author Jeff Wiltse documents the evolution of the public swimming pool in America in his 2007 book, Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools... Read More »

25
May
2012
Pool Maintenance
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Color Me Safe at the Pool

It’s time to dig out the swim suits, sunscreen and beach towels and head to the pool. Swimming lessons, swim team, frolicking in the pool with friends, lap swimming and leisurely poolside chats are hallmarks of summer for families all over the country. As this fun season begins, we have some safety tips to offer.... Read More »

21
May
2012
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality Health Council

Before Swimming, Be Sure to Shower

As the weather heats up and thoughts turn to swimming and cooling off in the pool, the Water Quality & Health Council is highlighting a contradictory finding from our recent swimmer hygiene survey. We discovered that although the vast majority of American adults (93 percent) would never reuse someone else’s bath water, over 40 percent... Read More »

02
Mar
2012
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Pool Chlorine Hypothesis Remains Unproven

Can pool swimming promote the development of asthma in children or help alleviate its symptoms? This question has been debated among researchers ever since Belgian Professor Alfred Bernard published a 2006 study supporting the “pool chlorine hypothesis”. That hypothesis suggests that the increasing exposure of children to pool chlorine could be contributing to the rise... Read More »