Keeping Pools Cool and Safe

When the pandemic brought a myriad of changes into our lives in 2020, one of those changes was a boom in home improvement. Driven by sheltering in place and a hot real estate market, owners made their homes into places they wanted to stay for the long term. More than three-quarters of all US homeowners said they had done some type of home improvement project during the pandemic, a survey by Porch.com revealed. One of the more popular projects was installing a pool. Bolstered by money saved from not traveling, eating out or commuting, captivating outdoor spaces were in high demand. Searches in 2020 for pool and spa professionals were three times what they were in 2019, according to Houzz.

Now with the pandemic slowly moving into the rear view, pool maintenance is no less important. We have gathered experts from across the pool and spa industry as well as ozone experts to provide you the best technical information and latest developments. Water treatment professionals will need to navigate spotty supply chains, shortages in chlorine, automatic controller requirements and more. Secondary disinfection systems are critical in certain applications and add another layer of safety using UV light or ozone treatments. Ozone as a method of purification is growing in use in waste-water, advances oxidation and PFAS removal applications.

Anthony Sacco, Managing Director of Spartan Environmental Technologies, goes into detail about the many uses of ozone in varied industries in his article on the state of the ozone water treatment industry. From aquaculture to pools to water reuse, ozone is a primary source treatment. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance explains their guidelines on maintenance, as well as secondary and supplemental disinfection systems and why they are required. Ozone is a common treatment option for both pools and spas but the regulatory requirements must be met. The same applies to using UV light for treatment. Terry Arko of HASA Pools explains the chlorine shortage that is ongoing and offers a workaround to ensure pools are kept at the highest possible standards. If chlorine is in short supply, borates may be the solution.

Dr. Brooke Meyer delves into the world AOPs and discusses the matter of efficiency. AOPs are gaining a larger audience in the water treatment industry as more emerging contaminants must be addressed, almost on a daily basis. Adrian Aspenson of NSF International gives us more insight into the standard that governs the use of automatic controllers, a highly complex technology. Amanda Crangle asks you to take a look at what you have been doing to improve your business and what more you could do to ensure you are known as the water treatment expert consumers and businesses will be looking to when they need help.

As things begin to open up, the conference/convention schedule is building back upas well. Many events have been postponed multiple times, for months or even a year. Now it appears things are about to get back on track so get your best shoes ready to traverse the convention floor. The lack of in-person contact has taken a toll on every-one, business as well as personal. Now is the time to prepare to get back into the swing of things, meet with current customers and new prospects, gain an educational ad-vantage over your competitors and expand your network in the industry. We hope to see you at more than one upcoming event. Until then, don’t forget to let us know how we are doing and what you want to see more of in WC&P International. Send us your original technical material and throw your name in the hat to be featured in our pro-files. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Deborah Stadtler, Publisher

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