RECENT ARTICLES
  • Fighting the Global Spread of Cryptosporidium

    by AQUA Editors June 2018

    Cryptosporidium outbreaks have become big news, both globally and for the recreational aquatics industry in the United States.

    A recent report from the CDC revealed that from 2000 through 2014 there were 493 reported outbreaks of Cryptosporidiosis in public aquatic facilities, resulting in at least 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths. The report has generated countless, often sensational stories in news sources online, in print and on television.

    The disturbing numbers are...

  • Are You Checking Your Customers' Drain Covers?

    by APSP June 2018

    As you head into the pool and spa season, APSP wants to make sure that you replace your customers' expired drain covers or suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFA's). It's been many years since the Federal mandates in the Virginia Graeme Baker have been in effect, including the requirement that
        1.    All suction outlet fitting assemblies (SOFAs) or drain covers manufactured or sold comply with the referenced ANSI/APSP-16 Standard; and 


        2.    All commercial pool and spa...

  • Looking Beyond National Drowning Prevention Month

    by Eric Herman May 2018

    It’s no secret the pool and spa industry has long had a problematic relationship with safety issues. On one hand, professionals and organizations consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety, especially drowning prevention, by way of their rhetoric, promotion of layers of protection and often by donating to organizations such as the National Drowning Prevention Association and others. On the other hand, there’s often an aversion to talking about safety with consumers.

    It’s...

  • Commercial Firms Expecting Lifeguard Shortage, Delayed Openings

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals expressed concern this week that many commercial pools and spas will be delayed in opening this summer season along the East Coast, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region, due to an unprecedented number of visa denials. Pools that will be impacted are those that supplement their American Lifeguard workforce by recruiting lifeguards internationally through the Summer Work and Travel Exchange Visitor Program. The swimming pool industry’s...

  • Water Safety USA Announces 2018 Water Safety Message

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    Water Safety USA, a consortium of 14 national governmental and non-governmental organizations, announces the 2018 water safety message: “Become Water Competent." 

    Drowning is a major cause of accidental death and can be a surprisingly fast, silent event. The ability to help others is an important part of being water competent because rescues need to happen quickly. Drowning situations can be avoided with good planning and...

  • Aquatic Leaders Unite to Promote National Water Safety Month

    by AQUA Editors May 2018

    A coalition of water safety partners, including the American Red Cross, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association, the World Waterpark Association and several other water safety groups, will work together to promote May as National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is a campaign held during the month of May that raises awareness about water safety and highlights the importance pf public education regarding safer practices for...

  • 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...

  • Vote on MAHC Changes at Vote on the Code Conference

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code announces that CMAHC members will be voting on 179 proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code at the second Vote on the Code biennial conference, October 17 to 18 in Denver, Colo.

    The Model Aquatic Health Code is a voluntary guidance...

  • 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...

  • 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...