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Pool and Spa News | Rebecca Robledo | October 10, 2014
The rivalry between the National Plasterers Council and onBalance doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Here is a look at their science.
Aquatics International | By Stephanie Mills | June 2014
When a student drowns, is a school criminally liable?
Pool and Spa News | Nate Traylor | April 2014
A commission of industry experts and officials with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission are in the early stages of establishing ASTM standards for gravity fed drainage systems.
Aquatics International | Nate Traylor | May 2014
Preparing a pool for the summer can sometimes feel like it's simply a matter of checking off a list of to-dos. You could almost do it on autopilot.
Pool and Spa News | Nate Traylor | July 2014
How is the industry faring in the battle against RWIs? Is it complying with local and federal health laws? Soon-to-be published findings from a research project that polled health officials nationwide should provide some answers.
Aquatics International | By Stephanie Mills | May 2014
Preventing water illnesses and injuries takes more than just one invested party.
Aquatics International | By Gregory A. Anderson | March 2014
Why are we seeing federal aquatic codes from the CDC?
Aquatics International | By Rebecca Robledo | March 2014
The first pool- and spa-related model code to be written by the federal government is about to enter its final phase, and the public will be given its last chance to present feedback.
Aquatics International | By Tommy Berretz | March 2014
One aquatics management firm executes a simple system to save lives
Pool and Spa News | By Nate Traylor | October 2013
Texas officials are investigating the death of a man who saved his brother and mother from a Houston swimming pool that allegedly had undergone shoddy electrical work.
Aquatics International | By Mike Fowler | January 2014
Reducing monthly operating expenses by employing energy-smart equipment starts by examining pump and filter efficiency
World Waterpark Magazine | By Mike Fowler | January 2014
OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, waterpark facility managers have learned that going ‘green’ can significantly lower an aquatic facility’s operating costs.
Aquatics International | By Tracynda Davis | May 2012
A look at 2012 laws, regulations and guidelines. What you need to know to operate an aquatics facility this season.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | August 2013
Most dead animals in pools do not pose a health risk to swimmers. If you find a dead animal in the pool, following the simple removal and disinfection steps below will help ensure healthy swimming in the pool.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | May 2011
Many types of birds are attracted to swimming pools. As a result, swimmers might come in contact with bird droppings (poop) while in the pool. If you find bird droppings in the pool, there are a few simple steps you can take to disinfect the water and keep birds away from the pool.
Aquatics International | By Gregory A. Anderson | October 2013
How aquatics facilities can limit liability
Aquatics International | By John Weber | October 2013
Phosphate reducers and enzymes can be an important part of pool maintenance
Aquatics International | By David Conrads | September 2013
A look at the most useful and exciting waterpark products, selected by the people who know them best
Aquatics International | By Rebecca Robledo | July 2013
Many suction outlet covers that were installed to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act soon will be in need of replacement.
Aquatics International | By Steve Straehley | May 2013
Here’s what you need to know to get ready for the busy season.
Aquatics International | By Kent Williams, Rich Young | May 2013
RE: Aquatics International, April 2013, article titled, “Is CYA Out on the Inside?’
Pool and Spa News | By Brian Trenck | May 2011
These chemicals can offer a targeted solution to some common pool problems – but a grasp of their composition is crucial.
Pool and Spa News | By Rebecca Robledo | June 2013
A disabled veteran is suing three hotel chains claiming they failed to bring pools and spas into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Aquatics International | By Steve Straehley | April 2013
Experts disagree on stabilizer’s use in indoor pools
Pool and Spa News | By Rebecca Robledo | January 2013
Comments made by two Olympic swimmers stating that urinating in pools is acceptable has caused more debate in the aquatics and pool industries.
Pool and Spa News | By Steve Straehley | February 2013
In an unusual turn of events, a Nebraska jury recently found an Omaha hotel not liable in the case of a drowning in the facility’s swimming pool.
Pool and Spa News | By Rebecca Robledo | April 2013
The deadline has passed for public pools and spas to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the lawsuits have begun.
Aquatics International | By Don Jackson | March 2013
Crypto emerges as the pathogen to beat, and changes the industry.
Aquatics International | By Carl Nylander | Nov./Dec. 2012
The MAHC Facility Design & Construction Module aims to fill holes other codes don’t address and provide scientifically based best practices. See where the recommendations have the largest impact.
Aquatics International | By Mark H. Caldwell, Pool Services Corp. | Oct. 2012
Variable-frequency drives can dramatically lower energy bills, and utility companies will even help foot the bill for the new equipment.
Aquatics International | By Kendra Kozen | Nov./Dec. 2012
In the past five years aquatics has spent an estimated $3 billion complying with federal regulations. Our investigation reveals who’s been writing these costly codes and why operators have been left out of the process.
Aquatics International | By Jessy Goodman | Sept. 2012
The latest ADA regulations apply to all aquatics facilities, but waterpark compliance is somewhat more complicated.
Aquatics International | By Neal Broverman | Oct. 2012
Operators are holding facilities together with the barest resources. It’s time to rebuild, renew and redefine aquatics for the new economy.
Aquatics International | By Rebecca Robledo | May 2012
The VGB drain cover recalls and recants have left operators exhausted. Aquatics International's special report will refresh your understanding of this complicated safety issue.
KARE 11 News | By Laura Betker | June 7 2012
Some pools in the metro may be smelling a little different this summer. Instead of using chemicals like chlorine to keep the water clean, public pools are turning to a natural alternative.
Aquatics International | By Kendra Kozen | June 2012
Operators now have more answers regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance requirements.
5 Eyewittnes News | By: Tim Sherno | 6.17.12
A Minnesota company is using all natural moss to help reduce the use of chemicals in pool water.
Aquatics International | By Michael Beatty, Disney's Caribbean Beach and Pop Century Resorts | June
What does it take to keep your facility running on a healthy track? The MAHC Facility Maintenance and Operation Module offers up some best practice ideas.
Aquatics International | By Kendra Kozen | 2.2012
As drowning becomes a bigger focus nationwide, prevention efforts are beginning to stretch outside the bounds of aquatics.
Water Blogged | By David Knighton MD | 12.1.11
What are DBP's, how do they effect swimmers and their performance and what can facilities do to combat DBP's.
Aquatics International | By Franceen Gonzales, Great Wolf Lodge | Winter 2011
A mysterious outbreak is linked to air quality at an indoor waterpark. Find out what the incident taught this operator, and what you can do to avoid similar problems.
Dennis Lien | Pioneer Press | September 2009
By letting nature lend a hand at several St. Paul city pools, a new process using an age-old germ fighter that gives swimmers ‘great water’ with much less eye-burning chlorination.
Rebecca Robledo | Aquatics International | May 2011
Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines that govern aquatics facilities have been given the new force of law. Experts explain what you need to know to keep your facility in compliance.
Franceen Gonzales | Aquatics International | June 2011
The head of the MAHC Ventilation Technical Committee explains how her group addressed the thorny issue of air quality — and how you can get involved.
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | August 2011
Michelle Hlavsa | Aquatics International | April 2011
The CDC lays out steps every operator needs to take this swim season to prevent RWIs.
Judy S. LaKind & Ernest “Chip” R. Blatchley III | Aquatics International | February 2011
As awareness and media attention about potential health risks associated with disinfection byproducts increases, top researchers reveal the information you need to answer patron questions — and your own.
Terry LeBeau | Aquatics International | Jan 2011
Comparing and contrasting diatomaceous earth filtration media with an alternative reveals that DE is still the better choice for crypto removal.
Scott Webb | Aqua Magazine | March 2011
Ever find little white flakes on the bottom of the pool near the return?
An article regarding the update to the Standards for Accessible Design and Americans with Disabilities Act swimming pool guidelines that will become effective in April 2011.
Doug Sackett | Aquatics International | October 2010
The director of the Model Aquatic Health Code Project dispels common myths about the process and the outcome.
Rebecca Robledo | Aquatics International | July 2010
Officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission have responded to accusations from Congress that their interpretation of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act is dangerous for children.
Nate Thorne | Aquatics International | September 2010
As facilities add more shallow-water amenities, operators are discovering that drowning risks aren’t just in deep water. Here’s how to deal with this emerging threat.
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | July 2010
Karen Rigsby | Aquatics International | October 2010
Understanding the interactions between hypochlorous acid and contaminants is critical for proper chlorine dosing.
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | October 2010
A massive new aquatic code with the potential to revolutionize the industry is in the works. Here’s a sneak peek at the code – and how to prepare for what’s coming.
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | May 2010
The new economy has companies looking toward environmental friendly changes to help stay on top economically. ** To learn more about how your facility can save on energy please contact us for a free consultation.
The Conroe Independent School District (CISD) Natatorium is a world-class indoor competitive swimming and diving facility located in Shenandoah, Texas, that conducted a study on how DuPont™ Oxone® affects water and air quality. DuPont™ Oxone® is an oxygen-based oxidizer that eliminates bather waste and other organic contaminants without raising chlorine levels. It will not produce irritating combined chlorine compounds, which are known as chloramines. The result is enhanced sanitizer efficiencies; clear, sparkling water; and better indoor air quality. **Horizon offers this product under the name of Horizon Non-Chlorine Shock.
Ron George | Aquatics International | May 2010
Many operators are looking to UV sanitation to combat RWIs and chloramines. But are all UV systems created equal?
Amy Hamaker | Aquatics International | June 2010
Mobile smartphone technology has redefined how we live and work, with Apple’s iPod and iPhone leading the way.
Becoming an A+ aquatics facility professional takes a lot of dedication. From pumps to pool decks, there’s a lot to know, whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned veteran. Where do you start? The smart answer: Aquatics International University.
Tom Griffiths and Matthew Griffith | Aquatics International | November/December 2008
Should you close your indoor pool when lightning approaches? The answer may surprise you.
Rebecca Robledo and Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | April 2010
Han Tunggal | Aquatics International | March 2010
Thermal pool covers save energy, water and chemicals. They’re easier to use and fit than ever before. So why aren’t you using them?
Rebecca Robledo | Aquatics International | January 2010
Josh Ploch | Aquatics International | January 2010
Today’s social networks offer useful tools to help facilities stay connected with peers, employees and the public. So why aren’t you using them?
Austin Looper, PPG | Aquatics International | January 2010
Run a hotel, motel or association aquatics facility? Chances are, you’re in violation of water quality codes. Knowing why will help reduce RWIs.
Kevin Potucek, Hayward Pool Products | Aquatics International | November 2009
Advances in aquatic equipment promise to reduce costs and increase operators’ peace of mind. And that's just the beginning.
Aleatha Ezra, Director of Park Member Development | World Waterpark | January 2010
Que Hales | Ultimate Tech Manual | 2009 Edition
How to use a chemical method to determine the volume of free-form pools.
John Miles and Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | October 2009
One of the biggest factors has been the cost of raw materials.
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | Nov/Dec 2009
Randy Mendioroz | Aquatic Design Group| October 2009
As the economy lags, rising energy costs threaten to sink the aquatics industry. Take steps now to save yourself and your facility.
Mathew Griffith | Aquatics International | April 2009
Tech Talk: The Real CSI The Calcium Saturation Index is one of the most misunderstood concepts in aquatics. Find out how your understanding stacks up.
Linda G. Green | October 2009 | Aquatics International
Featured in CAT Controller Courier - March 2009 - Issue #30
Rin-rin Yu | Aquatics International | April 2006
As energy prices rise, so-called green design not only helps save the planet, but also a lot of cash. We show you practical applications for aquatics facilities — and how much they can save.
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | September 2009
Some pools being shutdown; agency doesn’t rule out fines.
Kendra Kozen Article | Aquatics International | July/August 2009
Interest in aquatics appears to be on the rise, according to an annual survey from the National Sporting Goods Association.
Rebecca Robledo | Aquatics International | June 2009
Rin-rin Yu | Aquatics International | March 2005
A growing number of indoor facility operators are hailing UV sanitizing technology as the ultimate cure for chloramines. Here’s what it can - and can’t - do.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases swimming pool chemical handling guidelines for safe handling of potentially hazardous pool chemicals.
Troy McGinty | CAT Controllers Courier | March 2009
Kendra Kozen | Aquatics International | February 2009
This update is to inform you of the latest news regarding the new Federal and Minnesota laws that were recently passed regarding swimming pool suction safety.
Terry Arko | Recreation Management Magazine | 2008
Technicians must wage a constant battle to keep algae out of their aquatic facilities. Doing so means keeping a close eye on phosphate levels.
Recently the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a notice that they have distributed misinformation regarding the new federal main drain suction safety laws (Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act).
New Product Notice Option for Spa Compliance with Minnesota and Federal Drain Safety Laws Custom Grated Spa Floor
The new laws affect every property and facility with a swimming pool, spa, kiddy pool, water feature or any other body of water that is considered a commercial or public pool.
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It’s that time of year again... Just when the warmest part of the summer arrives, we start thinking of winterizing outdoor swimming pools.
Germs on and in swimmers’ bodies can make people sick; action steps can help prevent illness
Minnesota Department of Health survey of all MN commercial & public swimming pools. Must be completed by July 1, 2008.
Summary of the Minnesota and Federal swimming pool main drain and suction safety laws and applicable compliance dates.
Links to resources, laws, proposed laws, codes, safety and information regarding swimming pool main drain and suction safety
Questions and Answers to some of the most common questions regarding the current status of swimming pool main drain and suction safety laws in Minnesota.
April 9, 2008 Health officials call for closer attention to swimming pool safety Illnesses, injuries occur each year that can be prevented with better practices.
Jason Gillet, CEO, Horizon Pool Supply
Are you ready for your next swimming pool season? Planning ahead may make all of the difference.
Jason Gillet, CEO, Horizon Pool Supply
Choosing a swimming pool heater can be an enormous task due to the shear volume of heater types and manufacturers. This article will help explain general heater types and information.
Jason Gillet, CEO, Horizon Pool Supply
There are several factors to consider when choosing what kind of swimming pool cover to install. This article will help you make an educated decision.
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Following these guidelines will ensure your pool gets up and running as trouble free as possible.
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Following a regular maintenance program not only helps to prevent problems but also keeps the water sparkling clean, clear and inviting. Following the steps detailed here will help make maintenance easy and the pool will always be ready for use.
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Follow these guidelines to ensure your pool is properly winterized. Opening the pool the following season will be much easier.
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