Effective Water Quality Management through Preventing Future Problems (Not Reacting to Them)

One of the key distinctions of professional water quality management is that it’s based on preventive planning instead of reactive crisis response. When applied correctly, the science and the art of water quality management are ultimately about avoiding problems before they happen, not after the fact. Or at least they should be. Sounds simple [...]

By | 2018-11-21T11:30:37+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Effective Water Quality Management through Preventing Future Problems (Not Reacting to Them)

The Role of Skimmers

There’s a yin and a yang to the art of building and maintaining pools and spas. On one hand, the water chemistry can be fairly complex. I realize that there are many people who make the case that water quality maintenance is not rocket science, which of course is true, but that should not [...]

By | 2018-09-26T11:02:52+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Water|Comments Off on The Role of Skimmers

The Art of Service

Pool and spa service may not be the most glamorous job, but for those of us who’ve made it our profession, it can be nothing short of an art form. The work involves a variety of interrelated tasks and goals that require consistent and careful attention. There’s chemistry, hydraulics, mechanics, problem solving, customer relations, [...]

By | 2018-09-18T14:37:44+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on The Art of Service

Why Use Advanced Oxidation Processes?

For the past few years, the aquatics industry has adopted a new concept known as advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). The term, which was first coined in 1987 by research scientist William Glaze, refers to a set of chemical reactions that produce a chemical species known as hydroxyl radicals (OH) or sometimes incorrectly referred to [...]

By | 2018-09-05T12:57:36+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Why Use Advanced Oxidation Processes?

Answering the Future of Aquatics

I’d like to ask a provocative question: have swimming pools become obsolete? That might seem surprising coming from an aquatic professional who earns his living in the pool/spa/aquatics industry, and it’s a question I’ve never heard from any other professional, or consumer for that matter. Yet, I think it’s something worth considering as we [...]

By | 2018-08-21T11:53:52+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Answering the Future of Aquatics

Finding the Balance

Within the profession of water-quality management, there are several subcategories of expertise needed in order to be effective. One of the most important is how to manage and maintain mineral balance in water. “Balanced water” means water that is in a state of equilibrium. All water contains minerals, chiefly calcium, but many others as [...]

By | 2018-08-21T10:52:38+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Finding the Balance

Recreational Water Quality Management: An Interview with Steve Kenny

NOTE: The following is a transcript from an interview that re-aired on August 15, 2018, between John Christopher, host of National Public Radio’s “Real Life,” and Steve Kenny. John Christopher: Welcome back to Real Life and this is your host John Christopher, and today I have as my guest Steve Kenny, the owner of [...]

By | 2018-08-24T14:24:42+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Recreational Water Quality Management: An Interview with Steve Kenny

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

It’s one of the truly unfortunate traits of human nature — we tend to ignore what we cannot see. We’re an extremely visual species, and when something is invisible, there’s a strong tendency for us to think that it’s simply not there. What disturbs me the most about this characteristic is that it’s true [...]

By | 2018-07-16T17:10:30+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Service, Water|Comments Off on Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Relieving Parents’ Aquatic Concerns

All parents worry about their kids, it’s what we do. I fret every day over every aspect of my three kids’ lives. So much so, I’ve grown to accept that worry as a kind of life sentence, the price we pay for the greatest love we’ll ever experience. In fact, my impassioned journey into [...]

By | 2018-07-16T12:41:05+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Residential Pools, Water|Comments Off on Relieving Parents’ Aquatic Concerns

Fighting the Fear of Infection with the Power of Information

It’s become a rite of spring. Every year, for at least the last three years running, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases information about the spread of waterborne illnesses through contaminated water in pools, spas, and splash pads. The reports mainly focus on the risk of infection from Cryptosporidium and [...]

By | 2018-07-16T19:22:54+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Commercial Pools, Health, Water|Comments Off on Fighting the Fear of Infection with the Power of Information