Viewpoint: Splish splash, I was takin’ a bath!
Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher
Yes, a swimming pool can seem like a huge bathtub when summer heat threatens to ruin your day. August brings some of the hottest temperatures in the country and pool/spa use skyrockets. Anyone who listens to us (and to the news) knows that it can be, unfortunately, less than optimum summer fun when water quality issues intrude. There are several options for maintaining pools and spas, with new technologies beginning to take their place in the treatment professional’s tool kit. The first order of business, however, is to to keep people safe when they are enjoying a summer cool-down.
Be it municipal or private pools, ozone is quickly becoming a more viable option for the residential pool and spa market. In this issue, Kelly Johnson, MWS, Quality Water Services, covers our two main topics in one article, examining the efficacy of using ozone treatment for pools and spas. NSF International’s David Nance covers the evaluation and certification of equipment to NSF 50, Equipment for Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Other Recreational Water Facilities. These include non-chemical water conditioning devices that are becoming more popular with both consumers and dealers, and which require inclusion in the certification standards as well.
Virtual versus real…this is an issue many encounter when dealing with modern technology. Jennifer Smith of Moti-Vitality takes a closer look at virtual sales appointments. As we embrace the era of better products and systems with advanced technology, the less technical/digital savvy may feel left behind. Not everyone is a tech or gadget junkie. Some may feel excluded merely because they do not or cannot grasp new technology. As time marches on, the need to adapt and accept virtual reality in the water treatment industry is evolving. It’s an interesting read, even if not everyone is ready for it.
The risk of waterborne illness is heightened during the summer, if only because the contaminants in water are given a boost by warmer weather. Of note are recent reports on people acquiring flesh-eating bacterial infections that have killed two (quickly) in the past month. The local swimming hole, like the local pool, still can be risky. Public Health Editor Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds, takes a much closer look at some of the illness vectors, water treatment options and the basics of healthy swimming.
There’s no silver bullet in water treatment and every advance that makes water safer should be considered. Though some may not be popular with everyone, we learn every day and not everything we learn now will be appropriate in the future. Even if you may not readily accept some of the treatment options available, the prospective client may want you to help find what they believe best fits their lifestyle. Keep an open mind to what works and how, and think in terms of what makes you a better water treatment specialist.
The WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference is right around the corner and will be held in San Antonio, TX. This is a wonderful venue and the Hill Country makes for a great place to meet. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as quickly as possible. The event will take place September 9-11, so you have to act quickly. We hope to see you there!