Category Archives: April 2008

Going Green At The Pool

Swimming pool operators know pools can be hogs of both energy and water. Water is lost to evaporation, heat is lost to the surrounding environment, heaters and pumps can be inefficient, and pool chemicals are a toxic hazard. With the rising cost of fuel, wise pool operators are greening-up their operations–benefiting their pocketbooks, their employees and the environment. “Going green has always been good,” says Tom Lachocki, CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation. “With energy costs so high, going … Continue reading

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Diverting A Disaster

The City of York, Neb., was founded in 1870 by the South Platte Land Company primarily as a reference point for Oregon, California and Mormon trails. It grew steadily, in part because of the then booming railroad industry. “The community center was built in 1964 and included the museum,” said Paul Christensen, director of the YorkParks and Recreation Department. “A local businessman offered a challenge grant to expand the facility by adding a recreational center, thereby having everything in one … Continue reading

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Peroxolyte Power

A California company says its chemical products could change the way recreational pools tackle contaminant problems, such as black algae. Truox Inc. has developed several water treatment products based around its designer oxidizers known as peroxolytes, which it says can help even severely contaminated pools recover overnight. Roy Martin, Truox’s vice president for research and development, said some of the more powerful oxidizers that can be used are not easily stored and can be hazardous to handle. “We’ve designed the … Continue reading

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Safeguarding Aquatic Facilities

The protection and safety of guests at aquatic facilities has gained recent attention with the passing of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007 (H.R. 1721). President Bush signed this into law late in 2007 as the first federal pool and spa safety legislation. The legislation provides incentives for states to adopt comprehensive pool safety laws that will protect children from horrible, life-threatening injuries and deaths caused by dangerous pool and spa drains. Two publicized accidents … Continue reading

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Life-Saving Incentives

With the December 19 signing of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007, President Bush approved incentives for states to adopt comprehensive pool safety laws that will protect children from life-threatening injuries and death from pool and spa drains. Included as part of a comprehensive energy bill (H.R. 6), the legislation was named for Graeme Baker, the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. Graeme died at the age of seven in a … Continue reading

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