02
Mar
2012
Pool Maintenance

Pool Chlorine Hypothesis Remains Unproven


17
Feb
2012
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Super Bowl Commercial Highlights Pee in the Pool Taboo

Oh, the power of suggestion of running water…the overwhelming sense of urgency elicited. The little boy in this year’s TaxACT Super Bowl XLVI commercial is in the family swimming pool when he realizes he has to go! He tries to do the right thing: He leaves the pool and dashes through the house in search... Read More »

04
Nov
2011
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Summer Campaign Findings: Better Pool Management Needed

“Swimmers shouldn’t have to flip a coin to determine if the pool they are swimming in is healthy”. These words, from Chris Wiant, PhD, Chair of the Water Quality and Health Council, reflect the results of the Council’s 2011 Healthy Pools Campaign in which swimmers tested their pool waters for pH and free chlorine values.... Read More »

01
Sep
2011
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

A Rose is a Rose, and Chlorine is Chlorine

As summer draws to a close, a recent Wall Street Journal article examines the popularity, costs and sales of various swimming pool disinfection technologies. The article compares traditional swimming pool chlorination with alternative germ-destruction technologies, including “saltwater pools,” ozone gas and ultraviolet radiation. Some swimmers interviewed for the article expressed a preference for pools that... Read More »

15
Aug
2011
Hygiene & Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

“Doggy”- Paddle to Health

Aquatic rehab: Not just for the dogs. How cute is that? Little Jake over there is undergoing aquatic rehabilitation in an underwater treadmill after paralyzing his rear limbs in an unfortunate accident. One veterinarian’s initial prognosis was that Jake would not be able to walk again. But after physical therapy and the underwater treadmill, Jake... Read More »

01
Aug
2011
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Swimming in the News

With high temperatures plaguing much of the country, the pool seems like the best bet to beat the heat. This blog highlights two interesting and entertaining resources recently found in the media that can help keep swimming healthy and enjoyable. 1. CDC’s Healthy Swimming 2011 Video Contest Winner’s Video! This summer, the Centers for Disease... Read More »

25
Jul
2011
Pool Maintenance
by Fred Reiff, PE

Understanding Swimming Pool Chemistry

It’s no secret that swimming pools, although fun and refreshing, are essentially communal bath tubs. To help keep water clean and safe, pool operators must adjust pool chemical levels. Maintaining proper pool chemistry can be a challenging task, especially in community pools where the number of swimmers fluctuates wildly from hour to hour.  Add to... Read More »

01
Jul
2011
Hygiene & Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Teach Your Children Well: Shower before Swimming

You are heading off to your community pool. The mental check list goes… Sunscreen?  Yes. Bathing suit?  Of course. Shower?  Probably not. Although the “shower before you swim” rule is consistently posted at community pools, a new University of Michigan report shows parents of young children do not appreciate the role showering plays in keeping... Read More »