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  • Ozone Mixing Key to Disinfection

    by Jim Lauria September 2017

    With the spa industry's growing emphasis on the health benefits of hot tubs and swim spas, minimizing the chances of health concerns is vital. From Legionella to chloramines, spa manufacturers and retailers must constantly be on the offensive against threats to user health.

    Sanitizing systems are obviously at the heart of the issue. The operative word is "systems" — just relying on chlorine or bromine disinfectants is not enough.

    A 2005 article in "Water Conditioning and...

  • CMP Acquires DEL Ozone

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Custom Molded Products is broadening its product portfolio by acquiring DEL Ozone, a move that pushes CMP into the ozone and UV categories.

    According to a statement released by CMP, the acquisition will allow CMP — which specializes in spa jets, water features, LED products, VGB drains and more — to leverage combined resources for a broader, more innovative product selection and better customer service.

    “This will be a great benefit for both CMP and DEL Ozone customers,”...

  • Pool Cleanup After a Hurricane

    by Terry Arko September 2017

    Massive and highly destructive hurricanes have dominated the news recently, and while our first concern after the storm should always be the safety of our families and neighbors, at some point we will need to deal with our pools. When that time comes, here's what to keep in mind:

    Use caution

    Bombing a flooded pool with chemicals may be a pool pro's first reaction, but proceed with caution — it's important to understand what floodwaters may contain. The recent floodwaters...

  • CPSA Ends Affiliation with APSP

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    The California Pool and Spa Association has announced it is terminating its affiliation agreement with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The two organizations began their affiliation in the drought and subsequent water crisis of 2016 in California.
     
    “When California faced a historic, five-year drought, CPSA led the effort to defend our industry and members against unwarranted regulations proposed in cities and districts throughout California that would have destroyed...

  • What Would You Do: The Lazy Employee

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    A service technician is having trouble with a staffer who has put in notice. Should he fire him now or let him wrap up his notice period? Industry pros share their thoughts:

    The Question

    Ryan Johnson
    Suburban Pool Service | El Dorado Hills, Calif.

    "Ok, I screwed up big time and it's costing me a lot of money and grief. I have an employee who's been with me eight months. He's actually been one of my better employees. However he...

  • How to Decontaminate Spas and Kiddie Pools

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) September 2017

    Contamination of small vessels of water can take many forms, including slime, cloudy water, musty odors, vomit, and feces among others. Buildup of contaminants can result in threats to bather health, which can include rashes, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, respiratory distress or worse. Therefore, a water replacement strategy enabling the complete decontamination of the vessel should be part of the preventative maintenance schedule. Water replacement is more viable due to the small scale of...

  • Southeast Pool & Spa Show Changes 2018 Show Dates

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To prevent a conflict with Orlando’s Everything Under the Sun Expo, the Southeast Pool & Spa Show is moving it 2018 show dates. Per the announcement:

    “It was recently brought to our attention that the Florida Show had to move their show dates to one week earlier for 2018. By doing this, the show overlapped with the Southeast Show in Nashville. While we don't feel it would affect the attendees, we do recognize that it could affect some vendors. After reaching out to a number of...

  • FSPA Offers Assistance to Texas Pool Pros

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas pool pros now face the tall task of repairing and restoring thousands of damaged swimming pools — a challenge some new pool pros there have never faced. To help, the Florida Swimming Pool Association is opening access to FSPAConnect, an online community for Florida pool pros, to their counterparts from Texas, providing a forum for Texas pool pros to ask questions and gather advice from industry peers.

    “All parts of Florida have been...

  • Texas Strong

    by Merry Wise September 2017

    It’s hard to watch helplessly as rain pours in sheets outside your window, and the TV is showing homes of strangers, family, friends and customers threatened by massive destruction and floods.  Yet all of us in the pool industry in Texas have experienced the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, some of us personally experiencing heartbreaking loss, others blessed with little or no damage but hurting for our fellow Texans and for our neighbors in Florida and other states as well.

    Most of...

  • September 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Itching to try new products? Take a look at the newest industry products below, including a new vinyl liner pattern, a refillable chemical dispensing system, a heater and more.

    Cordelia
    Cordelia's Premium Pool Shock is designed to work in tandem with Cordelia's full line of saltwater pool...