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How Splash Pad Design Can Encourage and Promote Inclusive Play Image

How Splash Pad Design Can Encourage and Promote Inclusive Play

10.20.2021

Aquatics International | Chris Thomas | June 2021

In recent years, our industry has placed a premium on creating inclusive play areas not only in parks but also for aquatics facilities. We now are seeing many recreation departments, homeowner’s associations and community centers installing splash pads designed to welcome users with a wide range of developmental, cognitive and physical abilities. This also is meant to accommodate differe…

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Keep Power in Check: How to Perform Electrical Inspections

10.20.2021

Pool & Spa News | Rebecca Robledo | July 2021

Electrical safety never stops being a concern. However, some believe the industry should pay more attention to it. Whether you want to perform a dedicated electrical inspection, or just continuously stay on the lookout for red flags, follow these tips for assessing projects for electrical safety. Of course, when examining a system, don’t operate outside your qualifications. If your loca…

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Learn About Solutions to This Sand Filter Issue

10.20.2021

Aquatics International | John Watt | September 2021

To help ensure the best water quality in a commercial swimming pool, aquatics facility managers need to ensure that the filters are operating in their peak condition. Many facilities utilize sand filters because they are highly effective when they are backwashed properly and the flow rate is kept on target. Unfortunately, improper backwashing and flow can lead to poor water quality or worse, a…

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Making the Most of Filters

10.20.2021

Pool & Spa News | John Watt | June 2021

When it comes to keeping pool water cleaner and clearer, the filter is key. Even chemical manufacturers agree that chemicals can’t provide cleaner and clearer water without a properly functioning filter. In fact, with sanitizers in high demand and low supply this season, it has become more important than ever to maximize the abilities of filters, whether sand, DE or cartridge. Understand…

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About Using Pool Water to Disinfect Objects and Surfaces Against COVID-19

06.29.2021

Aquatics International | Rebecca Robledo | May 2020

While it is believed that properly treated water is safe from coronavirus transmission, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is suitable to disinfect other things. In a series of webinars featuring representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they were asked if, in public settings, pool water was enough to disinfect shared items such as toys and equipment. The officia…

Anti-Carbon Movement Spreads, Sees Backlash Image

Anti-Carbon Movement Spreads, Sees Backlash

06.29.2021

Pool and Spa Newsl | Rebecca Robledo | May 2021

As certain states increase the pressure to impose laws meant to help reduce carbon emissions, others are taking note — but taking their efforts in a different direction. California, in particular, has seen a number of counties and cities pass regulations banning the use of natural gas and propane in favor of electrically powered appliances or alternative energy sources. So far, 30 to 40 …

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The Clean Solution

06.29.2021

Aquatics International | Sigura – Pulsar Systems

Efficiency, cost, effectiveness and safety top the list of considerations for keeping pools sanitized. And calcium hypochlorite and liquid bleach rank as the most popular options to reach sanitation goals. But while some people perceive liquid bleach to be simpler and more cost-effective, in reality, calcium hypochlorite provides a number of key advantages. Liquid beach is the familiar househo…

Why Swim Coaches and Instructors Should Never Also Serve Simultaneously as Lifeguards Image

Why Swim Coaches and Instructors Should Never Also Serve Simultaneously as Lifeguards

06.29.2021

Aquatics International | Jeff Fryer | April 2021

On February 18, 2014, a 19-year-old North Dakota student in a required “Fit for Life” physical education class was found unresponsive in the deep end of the school pool. He died eighteen days later. On November 14, 2018, a 14-year-old high-school competitive swimmer was found unresponsive during an “open gym” swim practice. He was pronounced dead two days later. On Nov…

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Corrosion Mitigation and Control in Swimming Pools

04.20.2021

Aquatics International | By Ray Engelhardt | March 2021

This is the third installment of a three-part series on corrosion. In the first part, I presented a basic overview of the corrosion process from a physics viewpoint. The second column defined the specific types of corrosion attack. In this article, I will provide some insight into how to prevent or slow down the corrosion process. But, before we discuss how pool technicians and builders can m…

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How to Get the Most from Your Chlorine

04.20.2021

Pool and Spa News | Emily Johnson | February 2021

In order to protect customers from harmful microorganisms, pool-care experts and pool owners alike should have an understanding of sanitization. Sanitizers protect swimmers by killing pathogens introduced from sources such as rain, source water, swimmers, and nearby vegetation. Chlorine is the most commonly preferred among these products. Demand for granular and tableted types will likely rema…

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