As part of a season reminder and update on keeping pools clean and open, the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) has issued a public service message to positively influence bather behaviour and improve water and air quality in and around pools by preventing pee in the pool.
The knowledge of what natatoriums require for a successful design has been upgraded dramatically in the last quarter century. Recent technological advancements and state-of-the-art engineering standards have not only made these improvements possible, but have also made significant improvements in indoor pools for spectators and swimmers.
Imagine the following scenario: an aquatic facility manager is vacationing with their family in Europe and suddenly receives an e-mail alert on his/her smartphone regarding a problem with the indoor air quality at the commercial pool he/she manages. Unfortunately, the on-duty maintenance staffers are not able to diagnose or respond, but the problem needs to be fixed immediately. Thanks to today’s dehumidification system technology, this scenario might unfold (chronologically) as such:
An increasing number of natatoriums have problems with indoor air quality. When the air in an indoor aquatic facility smells like chlorine, this is the first indicator that something is wrong. The odour is often worse at water level, but can be extremely irritating at deck level or in the viewing area as well. In many cases, the trademark ‘chlorine’ odour is not the only problem, eye irritation and difficulty breathing may also be experienced. The second indicator is rusting on metal fittings in and around the pool.
Many indoor pool managers will inevitably face the challenge of replacing the dehumidification system at their facility. There are hundreds of commercial aquatic facilities in North America; YMCA Canada, which is one of the country’s largest pool owning organizations, has more than 40 indoor pools.
An indoor pool environment has greater requirements than a commercial building because of the higher humidity. If not controlled, the corrosive condensate that forms will destroy structural components, sometimes with…