James Amburgey has always loved water, but he also knows how dangerous it can be without proper water quality management.
understand a lot about treating drinking water, but we need to
apply this knowledge selectively in the aquatics industry to
develop better standard operating procedures and set higher goals
for treating recreational water and preventing the rising number of
documented waterborne disease outbreaks,” says Amburgey,
assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and
founder of Water Treatment Research Inc.
doing his part with groundbreaking research on how different
filtration systems and filter aids can reduce the danger of
waterborne pathogens such as cryptosporidium. So far, he has
analyzed the effectiveness of various chemical polymers
(clarifiers) used in combination with standard sand filtration
systems in removing crypto.
that with a single pass through a sand filter without any
clarifier, 25 percent of the crypto oocysts were removed,
but by adding a clarifier, pool operators can remove significantly
more, greater than 99 percent,” Amburgey says. “A
common idea of the past is that if you keep the pool chlorinated,
everything will be fine. But [based on our findings], I don’t
think you can rely on that. You need a second barrier —
filtration plus a chemical clarifier — to provide an adequate
shield against waterborne disease