31
May
2013
Pool Maintenance

The Matter of Fecal Matter in Swimming Pool Filters


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 »

15
Feb
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Winter Swimming with Healthier Indoor Air

Indoor pools can provide a wonderful venue for exercise during cold winter months. Swimming is a full-body, aerobic workout that is easy on the joints while building muscle strength and tone. Yet, poor indoor air quality may be a deterrent to winter swimming. What causes poor indoor pool air quality, and what can be done... Read More »

07
Sep
2012
Disinfect for Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Perspectives: Meet the Water Quality & Health Council

Who We Are: The WQ&HC is a multidisciplinary group of independent experts sponsored by the American Chemistry Council’s Chlorine Chemistry Division. The group’s knowledge and experience span science and medicine, public health policy, consumer advocacy, environmental engineering, risk assessment and emergency response. In 2011, the American Chemistry Council and the WQ&HC celebrated the 20th anniversary... Read More »