19
May
2015
Hygiene & Health

Experts Clear the Water on the Colorful Myths Associated With Peeing in the Pool


27
Mar
2015
Pool Maintenance
by Bob G. Vincent

Storing and Handling Pool Chemicals Safely

What’s more refreshing than swimming in crystal-clear pool water?  It takes chemistry to achieve “crystal clear”—the appropriate use of disinfectants, pH adjusters and algaecides.  Pool water would quickly become a cloudy, hazardous “microbial soup” without pool chemicals, but as with all chemicals, the ones we use in the pool must be treated with a heaping... Read More »

13
Feb
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent

Good Chemistry for Swimmers

Swimming pools are amazing venues for recreation and exercise.  They are also reservoirs of all the substances swimmers introduce into them.  In addition to the substances that swimmers apply to themselves while at the pool, the average swimmer adds low levels of personal care products like deodorant, skin lotions, sprays and makeup, especially if they... Read More »

17
Oct
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Linda Golodner

Introducing the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code

This summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of the first edition of its Model Aquatic Health Code. “The MAHC,” as it is known, provides free guidance on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of public swimming pools and spas. Why is such a document needed? As CDC notes... Read More »

05
Sep
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Why is it OK to Pee in the Ocean, But Not in the POOL????

A short video produced recently by the American Chemical Society answers the question, “Is it OK to Pee in the Ocean?” with a resounding “yes!” Ocean swimmers, relax, and know that your, eh, “contribution” is processed by the marine environment. Pool swimmers, you are not off the hook. When nature calls, swim to the nearest... Read More »

25
Jul
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Be a Swimming Pool Myth-Buster

After the record cold winter of 2013-14, lots of folks are enjoying summertime by swimming in the pool. As you cool off, dazzle your fellow swimmers with the truth about these common swimming pool myths: Myth #1:  The heavy chemical smell around the pool is a reminder that chlorine is present in the water for... Read More »

18
Jul
2014
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Creating Swimmers This Summer

Learning to swim is an investment that can pay dividends in health, enjoyment and living a long life. Knowing how to swim can mean the difference between life and death, and opens up a world of other activities, like sailing, canoeing, fishing and water skiing, making them safer and more fun. This summer, the National... Read More »

03
Jul
2014
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Expert Advice for Backyard Pool Owners

Are you a backyard pool owner? Do you sometimes wish you could have free expert advice on pool maintenance? Your wish just came true: check out the Water Quality & Health Council’s popular online “Ask a Pool Operator” feature. The “Ask a Pool Operator” web page includes an extensive archive of questions and answers organized... Read More »