Although many commercial pools and splash pads have been forced to close during the pandemic, savvy facilities have been using this time as an opportunity to do much needed maintenance or even embark on renovation projects.
Pool safety is not something to be taken lightly. Water recreation provides a lot of fun, exercise, and social interaction, but it also holds hazards. Pool chemicals, including chlorine and acid, are unstable substances that can be lethal when not handled properly. Chlorine is necessary to keep water clean and sanitary. There needs to be at least 1 part per million (ppm) of chlorine in pools and 3 ppm in hot tubs to maintain a safe environment. Acid serves to balance pH levels.
This article will look deeper into the mechanisms of testing water quality parameters and help to anticipate and remove interferences and errors when conducting water tests. The water parameters under review will include pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, cyanuric acid, and free and total chlorine.
Every aquatic facility operator wants an environment that is not only healthy for patrons and staff, but also enjoyable for spectators. Accomplishing this requires a lot of work to maintain the water chemistry and air quality.
Headlines from various news outlets across Canada and the U.S. this year have summed up what this author heard from aquatic facility operators on a weekly basis—a shortage of lifeguards exists within the aquatics industry. However, is this really the case?
To ensure parks are hitting the mark when it comes to inclusion (i.e. maximum participation), one must examine the motivating impulse driving people to participate. This article takes a closer look at how to unleash the fun factor in a community splash pad when choosing products, organizing space, and knowing the audience.