25
May
2012
Pool Maintenance

Color Me Safe at the Pool


02
Mar
2012
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Pool Chlorine Hypothesis Remains Unproven

Can pool swimming promote the development of asthma in children or help alleviate its symptoms? This question has been debated among researchers ever since Belgian Professor Alfred Bernard published a 2006 study supporting the “pool chlorine hypothesis”. That hypothesis suggests that the increasing exposure of children to pool chlorine could be contributing to the rise... Read More »

04
Nov
2011
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Summer Campaign Findings: Better Pool Management Needed

“Swimmers shouldn’t have to flip a coin to determine if the pool they are swimming in is healthy”. These words, from Chris Wiant, PhD, Chair of the Water Quality and Health Council, reflect the results of the Council’s 2011 Healthy Pools Campaign in which swimmers tested their pool waters for pH and free chlorine values.... Read More »

01
Sep
2011
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

A Rose is a Rose, and Chlorine is Chlorine

As summer draws to a close, a recent Wall Street Journal article examines the popularity, costs and sales of various swimming pool disinfection technologies. The article compares traditional swimming pool chlorination with alternative germ-destruction technologies, including “saltwater pools,” ozone gas and ultraviolet radiation. Some swimmers interviewed for the article expressed a preference for pools that... Read More »

25
Jul
2011
Pool Maintenance
by Fred Reiff, PE

Understanding Swimming Pool Chemistry

It’s no secret that swimming pools, although fun and refreshing, are essentially communal bath tubs. To help keep water clean and safe, pool operators must adjust pool chemical levels. Maintaining proper pool chemistry can be a challenging task, especially in community pools where the number of swimmers fluctuates wildly from hour to hour.  Add to... Read More »

30
Aug
2010
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Saline Pools: Myths and Misconceptions

Swimming is a fun and healthy activity for people of all ages. However, improperly chlorinated water puts swimmers at risk for recreational water illnesses like diarrhea and ear and skin infections. Misleading claims about saline pool systems can lead to confusion and potential public health risk...... Read More »

24
Aug
2010
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Biohazard! Everyone Out of the Water!

So here I am sitting at the pool this past Saturday, enjoying a few hours (and by hours I mean maybe 1 hour and 15 minutes) away from the baby, and all of a sudden I hear the pool manager yell “Biohazard in the water, everybody out! Biohazard in the water, everybody out!” Now, you... Read More »

05
Aug
2010
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Pool Water Genotoxicity Study in Perspective

A new pool water study is being misrepresented in some media reports as linking swimming in treated pools to a potential cancer risk. This suggested link is not backed by the research, according to an evaluation by the U.K. National Health Service (NHS).... Read More »

28
Apr
2010
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

Searching for a solution to a deadly pathogen

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic pathogen that finds its way into various water sources like swimming pools, water parks, and drinking water supplies due to fecal contamination from humans and animals. Discovered in 1976, Cryptosporidium, also known as “crypto,” contaminates these water sources and is one of the leading causes of diarrhea and malnutrition worldwide. In the largest... Read More »

29
Jun
2009
Pool Maintenance
by Michele Hlavsa

Pool Chemical Safety: Protect Yourself from Injuries

A number of pool chemical-related health events have made headlines in recent months, including a chemical leak at a Las Vegas hotel-casino and a filter pump malfunction at an Indiana water park that sent two dozen people to the hospital. However, many more incidents never make the headlines. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control... Read More »