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July 2015 Edition
Focus Topic: Sanitation

Scott & Todd on Flow Valves

What Flint’s Water Decision Means to Pool Operators

Click here to read the Free Press article Scott is referencing

Cyanuric Acid in Swimming Pools

Let’s Talk About Diapers

The Damp Defender, the Soggy Superhero, our very own Captain Aquatic has been in a funk again. Yes, he’s upset about not being featured on the pages of Michigan Pool News for several months, but his problems cut even deeper. We thought a short chat might help him work through his issues. Be warned. The curmudgeonly Captain can make Lewis Black seem happy-go-lucky.

Captain Aquatic: I guess July is just a depressing month. The sun is out, the days are long, the weather is perfect for taking the family to the pool.

Michigan Pool News: I see… No, I don’t see. Why is that depressing? It sounds lovely.

CA: Accidents! And Disease!! Kids diving in the shallow end of the pool, people mixing chemicals before they pour them in the pool, folks forgetting to shower before swimming, algae, cryptosporidium, and, um, yeah, you know, that other thing…

MPN: What is it Captain? What is your greatest fear? I thought cryptosporidium was your kryptonite? But it’s something else isn’t it?

CA: It’s all there in the MAHC. Section

MPN: [thumbing through the Model Aquatic Health Code] Ah, I see. “Deck areas shall be cleaned daily and kept free of debris, vermin, and vermin harborage.” The fear of rats is very common – Read the rest of this entry »

Neptune Benson – Company Overview

Watch the following video to learn about the Defender filter from Neptune Benson

Help Prevent the Shutdown of Your Pool

If you’re a pool manager, safety and cleanliness are probably right at the top of your job description. But pool operators are also tasked with keeping the pool running and in business, period. Health inspectors play a large role in determining whether a facility must be shut down due to non-compliance or serious safety issues. Often, there is a disconnect between facility managers and the inspectors who work year-round to protect the public from water quality issues. That’s why the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) teamed up with Axiall Corporation’s Water Treatment Products  business to conduct an extensive survey on the protocols and experiences of local health departments in recreational water facility inspection. (Click here to read the “Looking for Trouble” report in full.)


Several takeaways for pool managers came out of this study. In particular, the survey offered some specific areas for pool managers to focus to help avoid a shutdown. Think it couldn’t happen to you?  Consider this: 75 percent of health inspectors responded that they’ve had at least one shutdown in the past two years. Read the rest of this entry »

Fire at Taiwan Water Park

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June 27, 2015: Emergency rescue workers and concert spectators tend to injured victims from an explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

More than 500 people were injured after a fire broke out on a music stage and spread into a crowd of spectators Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, authorities said Sunday.

The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people, the fire agency and local media said. The powder for the event called “Color Play Asia” ignited along the ground, mainly burning people’s lower bodies, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center.

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Swimming Pool + Bear = ????

How would you like to have to clean this pool!!!

Lively Debate in Tucson Regarding Chlorine

There is a lively debate going on in Tucson Arizona regarding the use of chlorine gas in the community pools. Here’s an article that was recently published in the Tucson Citizen.

Chlorine gas at city pools poses lethal risk, TFD says

by Michael Lafleur

In the worst-case scenario, hundreds of Tucsonans would die a horrible choking death as a cloud of greenish-yellow poisonous gas rolled over their neighborhood.

But even a relatively small leak of the chlorine gas used as a disinfectant at 17 city swimming pools could result in serious injuries to those closest to the source, according to a report from Tucson Fire Department obtained by the Tucson Citizen.

Tucson fire officials want the city to switch to another disinfectant method in order to eliminate the risk of a leak.

A “total release” from one of the 150-pound chlorine gas cylinders found at the pools could cause serious injury or death in an area more than a half-mile long and a quarter-mile wide, according to the report, by the Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit.

And as the gas diffuses, it could endanger public health in an area up to twice that size, the report says.

City officials say the Fire Department has misrepresented the dangers Read the rest of this entry »