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PHTA grant commemorates Dr. R. Neil Lowry’s global contributions

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has created a $5,000 grant in honour of Dr. R. Neil Lowry, a well-known educator and consultant in the North American pool and spa industry, and a long-time member of PHTA and the Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC).
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has created a $5,000 grant in honour of Dr. R. Neil Lowry, a well-known educator and consultant in the North American pool and spa industry, and a long-time member of PHTA and the Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC).

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has created a $5,000 grant in honour of Dr. R. Neil Lowry, a well-known educator and consultant in the North American pool and spa industry, and a long-time member of PHTA and the Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC).

This $5,000 grant honors a public health official or department who has made outstanding contributions to advance the public’s health and safe use of recreational water in pools, spas, and waterparks through educational, safety, operational, and technical programs.

Dr. Lowry had a global impact while serving on the RWQC. He also served as a member of the Hot Tub Council of Canada, established Lowry & Associates in 1985, and was the original author of Pool & Spa Chemistry: A Testing & Treatment Guide. As chief educator and owner of the Lowry School of Pool & Spa Chemistry, he certified thousands of pool water technicians. His passion for health and safety will always be remembered by those who knew him.

“The core purpose of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is to promote safe and healthy pool and hot tub environments for people to share enjoyable aquatic experiences,” says Genevieve Lynn, PHTA Director of Standards and Technical Services. “The Lowry Grant shines a much-needed spotlight on the individuals and organizations who are committed to recreational water safety. Without their hard work and dedication, the pools and waterparks they serve would not be the same. The positive impact this grant has had on communities around the country honors the memory of Dr. Lowry.”

The grant is open for awardee nominations until August 12. To be considered for the Lowry Grant, the public health official or department must describe their planned or proposed program, the service provided and how it benefits public health and safety, the impact of the expected results, and how the grant funds will be used.

For the first time, the winner will be honored at the World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), presented by PHTA, taking place in Houston, TX, on October 12-14, 2022.

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