EXPERT ADVICE

A systematic approach to handling recreational water illness outbreaks

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are always a hot topic of discussion towards the end of summer, when filters at aquatic facilities work overtime to keep pool water clean and clear thanks to higher bather loads. Unfortunately, there are always outbreaks—some bigger than others. The more severe the occurrence, the more likely it is to capture the attention of mainstream media. This article is not about the graphic descriptors of...
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CASE STUDIES

Common facility operational issues are often blamed on the dehumidifier

Canada has thousands of indoor swimming pools. Unfortunately, many of them are more problematic than facility operators would like to admit. Too often, the pool’s dehumidifier is blamed and the real cause of a natatorium problem is never discovered nor addressed. Chlorine odours, mould, condensation, or poor indoor air comfort, generally have causes unrelated to the dehumidifier. Instead, they may be due to building pressurization imbalances, improper vapour barrier, poor ventilation design, unbalanced water chemistry, or unsuitable architectural materials. They can also be related to inadequate maintenance, or perhaps just a slow, unnoticed degradation of operating parameters. Additionally, a...
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CASE STUDIES

Environmentally friendly decking

Demand for wood-plastic composite lumber is projected to increase 9.2 per cent in each of the coming years, reaching $5.3 billion US by 2013, says a recent study by The Freedonia Group. It also predicts deck boards will be...
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TECHNOLOGY

Mobile technology revolutionizes pool/spa operation

The number of things people can do with a smartphone is rapidly increasing and there are no signs of it slowing down. Today, more consumers are using their mobile phones not only to stay in touch with friends and family, but to also pay bills, make travel/entertainment plans, check...+ Read More
REPORTS

Annual poll takes industry’s pulse

Pool & Spa Marketing recently conducted its sixth annual salary survey of the Canadian aquatics industry and according to your input, provided anonymously, the majority of respondents are working between 35 and 50 hours per week, which is 10 per cent lower than in 2013 and may be attributed...
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