Author: Chris Perez

By Terry Arko As summer looms larger, the weather heats up and things start to get a lot dryer. Areas of California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas are seeing historically severe droughts. States, counties and cities are responding by implementing drought-reduction regulations. Many of these are restrictions on the draining and refilling of pools, as well as chemicals being used in the water. Below are some tips for pool professionals to help keep the water quality at its best and reduce the need for unnecessary or excessive pool draining. Reduce evaporation! According to the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), 50 percent…

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By Denise M. Roberts AQUA-MAN Water Conditioning 32545 Interstate 10 W.Boerne, TX 78006 Tel: (830) 816-2290 Fax: (830) 816-1839 www.aquamanwater.com Employees: 10 Vehicles: Six service trucks Kelly Parks got his start in the water treatment industry in 1987 on a bet. While playing tennis with a neighbor, he bet the neighbor he could do his job. The very next day, Parks went to work for Rayne of San Antonio. He and his friend, Paul Edwards, made something of a game of it. They would hit the streets and canvas, schedule appointments and sell equipment. They were friends competing to outsell…

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By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD Algal blooms in surface waters peak in the warmer months of late summer and fall. Many species produce harmful toxins, posing a risk to animals, recreational swimmers and drinking water supplies. Surprisingly little is known about the treatment and management of these transitory hazards but new US EPA guidelines provide evidence for broader health concerns. Toxic algae Algae are an indigenous part of the ecosystem, found in nearly every soil and water habitat on the planet. A healthy balance in the environment serves as nutrients for other animals and plants. Conflicts between nature and…

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By Marc DeBrum WC&P recently engaged Marc DeBrum in a conversation about ozone technology and its future in residential applications. These are his responses. The use of ozone has typically been associated with larger commercial and municipal water treatment markets. Is that changing, and if so, in what way? Over the years, the use of ozone in commercial applications has flourished and has become a vital and beneficial tool for many different applications, such as municipal water treatment, bottled water production, the commercial cleaning and packaging of fish,meat and poultry, commercial laundry and of course, swimming pools the world over.…

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By Blake Stark Everyone is familiar with chlorination of swimming pools. This is a long-standing practice that has been used for many years to help improve the safety of swimming pools and reduce the incidence of communicable diseases associated with swimming in them. In recent years, however, there has been a proliferation of new techniques to disinfect and treat swimming pool water to help make it safe and potentially use alternatives to chlorination in some cases. Some of these techniques include the use of chemical disinfectants and other types of chemicals to help treat the water. Have you ever wondered…

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Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher During the hottest month of the year, many people turn to swimming pools for relief. Whether it’s the local YMCA or community pool, or your own private swimming hole, there exists some measure of risk in this time-honored activity. Treatment of pool water to maximize the health and safety of swimmers is of paramount importance throughout the warmer season, but it shouldn’t end there. As time and technology advance, there are new products and methods to accomplish the goals of those who are engaged in pool water treatment. At the top of the list are chlorination…

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HydroNovation recently completed relocation of its headquarters to La Palma, CA. The company has resided in San Francisco, CA since its inception in 2008. Expansion of the company, as well as consolidation of business units, elicited the move. For more information about the La Palma location, visit www.hydronovation.com. North America IDE honored as ‘smart’ company IDE Technologies announced that it was ranked #18 on MIT Technology Review’s annual list of the 50 Smartest Companies. Each year, the magazine’s editors compile the list based on the companies that have displayed impressive innovations in the preceding year. IDE, the only water technology…

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FWQA Board members announced The Florida Water Quality Association named Amanda Moore, CWS (Atlantic Filter–OEM Section), Michael Lester (Eco Water-Plant City–Dealer Section) and Todd Mosteller (Charger Water– OEM Section) to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors at its annual convention, held June 12. They will serve one-year terms and join the existing board members: President Cindy Schieber, MWS (Stenner Pump, Manufacturer Section); VP Jeremy Greene (FSHS, Manufacturer Section); Treasurer: Bill Certain, CWS (Certain Water, Dealer Section); Secretary Kenny Gibson, CWS (Absolute Water, Dealer Section); Government Affairs Phil Fralix, MWS (Mavea, Manufacturer Section) and Immediate Past President Stephen Payne, MWS, CWR, CI…

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