26
Jul
2013
Pool Maintenance

A New Pool Chemical Safety Video


14
Jun
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Linda Golodner

Is There Good Chemistry in Your Pool?

This summer many of us will spend some “down time” cooling off in a pool. Whether the pool is in your backyard, your community, or your vacation spot, chemistry is at your service to help ensure that your pool experience is a healthy one. Within seconds of application, chlorine-based pool sanitizers destroy most of the... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

03
Aug
2012
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Great Water Quality: Gold for Olympian Swimmers

Swimming is one of the most refreshingly beautiful Olympic events to watch. Thanks to modern communications technology, this summer we are treated to crystal-clear underwater images of the world’s elite swimmers as they vie for the Olympic gold.... Read More »

06
Jul
2012
Pool Maintenance
by Michele Hlavsa

Reducing the Risk of Pool Chemical Accidents

The summer swim season is here, and unfortunately so are the pool chemical-related health events. One event made national headlines in late June when about 70 people were taken to local hospitals and eight were hospitalized. However, many more of these events never make the headlines. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More »