28
Apr
2017
Pool Maintenance

Color-coded Tips for Treating Algae in the Swimming Pool


17
Mar
2017
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Sweet Evidence for an Unsavory Practice: Peeing in the Pool

People urinate in swimming pools. It’s been a widely discussed topic since we published the results of our 2009 survey concluding that one in five American adults admit to having “peed in the pool.” Now there is physical evidence for this unsavory act, and it appears in the form of an artificial sweetener, of all... Read More »

20
Jan
2017
Pool Maintenance
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Smells like Chlorine?

They say “the nose knows,” but I say the nose can be confused. Chlorine odors are a good example. Several different chlorine odors can arise from various chlorine-based substances and in different circumstances. They are not all simply due to “chlorine.” A prime example is the irritating smell commonly attributed to chlorine around some poorly... Read More »

06
Jan
2017
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Go Swimming This Winter!

Looking for a fun way to stay fit this winter? Consider swimming in an indoor pool. Swimming provides a great workout for the whole body-core (including abdomen), arms, legs, glutes and back, according to WebMD. It helps increase flexibility and strength without taxing the joints, a welcome advantage for people with arthritis. And feeling buoyant... Read More »

04
Nov
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Why Cryptosporidium is Responsible for over 80% of Swimming Pool Illness Outbreaks, and What Can be Done about It

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that is responsible for the majority of swimming pool illness outbreaks in the US with symptoms ranging from diarrhea to death.  An outbreak this summer in Ohio sickened hundreds of swimmers. With that level of notoriety, it should come as no surprise that “Crypto” was the subject of much discussion... Read More »

26
Aug
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Crypto Outbreaks in Aquatic Facilities

Over 250 people in central Ohio and over 100 in Arizona have been sickened in summer outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto.”   These parasites are found throughout the US and abroad, and settle in the intestines of infected humans and animals, making Crypto one of the most... Read More »

12
Aug
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Your Guide to Removing Swimming Pool Stains

The swimmers at the summer games inspired awe in all who viewed those exciting events, including the littlest backyard pool athlete who has dreams of winning gold.  Recently, the sparkling blue of the dive pool in Rio was transformed into a deep green, sparking fears of algae.  In fact, the color change was blamed on... Read More »

24
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Linda Golodner

How to Interpret Pool Chlorine Readings

Pool chlorine levels are easily measured by dipping a test strip in the pool for a few seconds and then matching the resulting color of the strip to a chart linked to “parts per million” chlorine levels. Here’s the rub: Some pool test kits measure “free chlorine,” whereas others measure both “free chlorine” and “total... Read More »