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For many years, CEO Miguel Mercado and the people at Dorian Construction Group, an El Paso-based custom pool builder, enjoyed the reputation as a premium pool construction firm known for bold, creative designs.
In 2013, Mercado and company grew even bolder by launching cable TV's first-ever paid programming reality show about water. "Extreme Waterworks: The Element of H20" is a half-hour program that airs Saturday mornings on a local FOX affiliate and across the border in Juarez, Mexico, where it's broadcast in Spanish. No subtitles or translation is necessary, Mercado explains.
"We're all fluent Spanish speakers, so when we do a scene, we do takes both in English and Spanish."
Similar in some respects to other successful reality shows, such as "Pond Stars" or "The Pool Master," "Extreme Waterworks" features Mercado, his family and staff working with clients as they create a wide spectrum of aquatic projects. Along the way, there's banter and the kind of often-humorous interplay audiences love.
"We have a lot of fun," Mercado says. "We enjoy sharing the stories that happen in the course of our work, not to mention the daily antics and fun we have as a family doing what we love. Every day brings something new."
Not only has the show developed a strong following in El Paso, Juarez and much of eastern New Mexico, as well as online via its website and social media, it's also caught the eye of cable TV producers.
"Invisible Jet Media and BSTV Entertainment just recently signed us to be their lead presentation project for a Hispanic family-based custom water feature reality show," Mercado explains. "HGTV and Discovery have taken interest and we are scheduled for another sizzle reel and a pilot episode."
Since the program has been airing in its current paid-programing format, Mercado reports that his business has increased by 40 percent. "That's a big number, but just as important to us, we've met so many wonderful people and it's been so much fun," he says. "All I can say is we've truly been blessed."
Many of us may have had the unfortunate experience of adding soda ash "wrong" to pool water, resulting in a pool that looks like it is filled with milk. In fact, we refer to it as "milking" a pool. Why does that happen?
When we decide, for example, to raise the pH of a pool from 7.2 to 7.6, we calculate how much soda ash is required for that size pool to achieve a 0.4 pH unit increase. A solution of soda ash (sodium carbonate) has a pH of above 11, so when added to pool water the pH...
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced this week that a supplement to the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas was approved by the American National Standards Institute on May 10. The new supplement impacts the way that industry professionals plaster pools and spas.
"We are excited that our PHTA Standard Writing Committee for the Plastering of Pools and Spas was able to address plastering applications in cold temperatures and further...
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The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has awarded the 2019 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment at the National Environmental Health Association’s 2019 Annual Education Conference & Exhibition awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.
Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a...