The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance announced this week that a supplement to the ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC-12 2016...
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When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.
More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's done. It was the high road in an industry that has taken many low ones.
It spoke to the professionals in this industry, people of character who do things they don't really have to do — just because they're the right things — and encouraged them. It said you're not just a fine example, this is who we are.
What a shame it all fell apart. Some people say it was a bridge too far. The obstacles were too many and too high.
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Indeed, the logistical challenges were steep. First of all, there was the matter of merging two different types of organizations, as APSP is a 501(c)(6), an association nonprofit, and NSPF is a 501(c)(3), a foundation nonprofit.
And with APSP’s headquarters in the D.C. area and NSPF’s in Colorado Springs, Colo., where would the new organization call home? And with two separate teams come staffing duplicities — who would keep their job, and how would that be determined?
Finally, how would these two organizations reconcile their programs and standards, which in some ways complement each other, and in other ways compete?
It was a venture only for the strong and bold.
All along, I was fascinated by the approach of publicly promising everyone they'd clear these immense obstacles, which put everyone's pride on the line. I actually thought that was a good idea because of the motivation it provided. When things got tough, I'm sure everyone at the table was thinking, "After all the vows and congratulations and eight months of building anticipation, we can't walk this back."
But in the end, it wasn't enough. And they did.
The good news? We're no worse off than we were before. The bad news? This was a very public failure of leadership at our associations.
My take: There will be other opportunities for this industry to shine.
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...