27
May
2016
Pool Maintenance

The Truth about Chlorine in Swimming Pools


23
May
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

That “Chemical Smell” at the Pool Isn’t What You Think It Is

For America’s Most Fun Form of Summer Exercise, Experts Urge Swimmers to Use Senses to Stay Healthy at the Pool As Americans jump into another fun-filled summer of swimming, a new survey finds that most don’t know the real reason why some pools have a strong chemical smell. A survey conducted on behalf of the... Read More »

18
Sep
2015
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

How to Drain a Residential Swimming Pool

Summer’s nearly over and many backyard swimming pool owners will soon undertake their annual “pool draining ritual.” Draining the water helps prevent damage to pools in geographic areas subject to freeze-thaw cycles. This article provides information to help you drain your pool responsibly. What’s the Big Deal? It’s easy enough to fill your pool with... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

16
May
2014
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

A “How to” Video on Pool Chemical Safety

A new report1 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features statistics on pool chemical incidents during the period 2003-2012.  The highlights include: An estimated 4,247 people2 per year went to emergency departments for injuries associated with pool chemicals; nearly half of these were younger than 18. The most frequent diagnosis was poisoning... Read More »

13
Sep
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Chlorinated Pools and Eye Health

The recent Wall Street Journal article “Does Chlorine Affect Your Vision?” provides excellent advice to swimmers on avoiding inflammation and infections of the eye known as conjunctivitis. To elaborate a bit, conjunctivitis, also called “pink eye” can be caused by three main conditions:  infections, allergies, and exposures to chemicals. Chlorinating swimming pool water goes a... Read More »

06
Sep
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Fred Reiff, PE

Mineral Ionizers: Don’t Forget the Chlorine

Mineral ionizers treat swimming pool water by releasing metals such as copper and silver into the water. These metals are known to have germ-destroying properties, but do they do the job adequately? While some marketers claim that their technology results in a chlorine-free pool, research suggests that mineral ionizers should, in fact, be used in... Read More »

22
Aug
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Swimming Pool and Spa Safety and Maintenance Resources

Are you a backyard swimming pool owner looking to “bookmark” some online resources on pool and spa safety and maintenance? We searched the Internet and found the following sites that we hope will prove helpful: Pools and Hot Tubs (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website):  What would you do if you found... Read More »