06
Sep
2013
Pool Maintenance

Mineral Ionizers: Don’t Forget the Chlorine


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 »

26
Jul
2013
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

A New Pool Chemical Safety Video

Cooling off in the swimming pool is one of the great joys of summer. A well-maintained pool provides a healthy venue for exercise and fun for the entire family. Yet, each summer we hear news reports of illness and injury from the misuse of pool chemicals. According to a report from the US Centers for... Read More »

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 »