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  • Couple Survives CA Wildfires in Swimming Pool

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Northern California’s wildfires have been both devastating and deadly — 41 people have died as a result so far. Jan and John Pascoe of Santa Rosa were almost among them. As fires closed in around their home, with no way out, they sought refuge in the only place they could find: their neighbor’s swimming pool.

    With t-shirts over their faces to protect themselves from falling embers, the Pascoes stayed in the pool for six hours before it was safe to leave. 

    The Los...

  • Dichlor: The Sanitizing Stalwart

    by APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) October 2017

    {bglink 3750}It’s one of the most familiar and trusted products in the pool industry, yet few people who use dichlor (sodium dichloro-S-triazinetrione) know much beyond the fact that it will kill algae, oxidize waste and provide an acceptable chlorine residual. This month’s Tech Notes provides some helpful detail.

    Dichlor is typically sold in granular form, providing a simple and convenient way to chlorinate pools and spas. Dichlor is completely soluble in water and does not...

  • Pools by the Hour

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    The sharing economy has expanded into the pool industry with the launch of Pool For U, a service where pool owners can rent their pools to swimmers on an hourly basis. In other words, it's Airbnb for pools.

    "Our slogan is bringing summer closer to home," Bunim Laskin, Pool For U CEO, told App.com. "We...

  • 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...

  • APC Installation: Outsource or In-House?

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    {bglink 4626}Automatic pool covers were always destined to go mainstream. They offer a rare combination of dominant market drivers — safety, automation, convenience and conservation — all in one package.

    So it's been no surprise they've enjoyed admirable growth. Even in the recession, automatic pool cover sales held up well. And now that pool builders are experiencing a sustained period of demand, automatic pool covers are reveling in that same salutary market.

    APC arguments...

  • Toddler’s Brain Damage Reversed 162 Days After Drowning

    by Kathryn Howard September 2017

    On February 29, 2016, two-year-old Eden Carlson almost drowned in her family pool in Fayetteville, Ark. While mother Kristal Carlson was in the shower, Eden climbed past a baby gate and got through the heavy door to the pool. She was in the water for ten minutes when Kristal found her and immediately started CPR.

    Shortly afterward, EMTs arrived at the scene, taking over CPR efforts and rushing Eden to the emergency room. Two hours after drowning, Eden’s heart started to beat on its...

  • Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It's a Spool!

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    It's a term that begs a question. Is it a really small swimming pool? Or is it a reference to vessels that combine small pool compactness with the ability to function like a spa?

    Then there's the other moniker for these diminutive hybrids, "cocktail pools" — does that mean a pleasure-inducing mixture of pool and spa functions? Or is it something else?

    According to Robert Blanda, the New York designer/builder credited with coining the phrase, "A

  • Swim Like a Navy SEAL

    by Kathryn Howard August 2017

    You've probably heard of most of the competitive swim strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and dragonfly. Then there's the sidestroke, which is used in recreational swimming, and the doggie-paddle, just about...

  • Ozone Vs. Cryptosporidium: Fighting a Wave of Outbreaks

    by Eric Herman August 2017

    Despite widespread efforts to eradicate water-related illnesses, outbreaks of cryptosporidium in public pools, splash pads and waterparks doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to a recent report from the U.S....

  • Life is Sweet in a Pool of Sprinkles

    by Kathryn Howard August 2017

    Children love to share their...