14
Jun
2013
Pool Maintenance

Is There Good Chemistry in Your Pool?


07
Jun
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Fred Reiff, PE

Facts and Tips for Salt Pool Owners

As salt pools gain popularity in many areas of the country, we think it is a good time to provide some handy facts and tips for salt pool owners and operators. Fact #1: Salt pools generate chlorine for sanitation. Salt pools obtain their chlorine residual by means of “chlorine generators” (electrolysis devices) that use electricity... Read More »

31
May
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

The Matter of Fecal Matter in Swimming Pool Filters

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent waves of disgust through the public when they learned that a 2012 study found the filters of Atlanta area public pools were teeming with fecal bacteria.  The CDC used the findings to underscore the importance of swimmer hygiene.  A pre-swim shower with... Read More »

22
May
2013
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Survey Shows Parents Are Worried Kids are Diving into Technology Instead of Pools

WASHINGTON DC -- With summer right around the corner, a new survey finds an overwhelming majority of parents are concerned that electronic devices are interfering with traditional family activities, including swimming, and see potential negative health and social consequences as a result.... Read More »

17
May
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Green Hair Caused by Copper, Not Chlorine — Myth Busted

Swimmers, especially blondes, may be surprised – and even horrified – to discover that frequent pool use imparts a greenish hue to their hair.  Typically chlorine in pool water is named as the culprit, sending the green-haired swimmer in search of products to remove the unwanted color or at least in search of a swim... Read More »

10
May
2013
Hygiene & Health
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

How can a Parent Help Maintain the Fun and Decrease the Risks Associated with Water Parks?

Interactive spray fountains, splash parks and splash pads are popular summertime venues where kids can cool off and have fun in “zero-depth” or very shallow water.  Many urban areas feature these venues; families discover they can beat the heat inexpensively without leaving the city.  They are also found in amusement parks and as part of... Read More »

19
Apr
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Fred Reiff, PE

Can Swimming Pools Go “Chemical-free”?

Pool manufacturers sometimes market their products as being “chemical free.” Chemistry 101 teaches us that claim cannot be true in a literal sense, as all matter–including pool tiles, concrete, plumbing and water–is composed of chemical compounds. But if we assume that the “chemical” of “chemical free” refers to treatment chemicals, such as chlorine and other... Read More »

05
Apr
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

The Chlorine Residual: A Public Health Safeguard

Chlorine and chlorine-based disinfectants are used worldwide to destroy germs in drinking water and swimming pools. One of the reasons for the widespread use of chlorine disinfectants is that they provide a “residual” level of protection against waterborne pathogens. A chlorine residual is a low level of chlorine remaining in water after its initial application.... Read More »