Facility Management

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    Film School

    Most bacteria thrive in an aqueous environment. Combine people, heat and a nearly stagnant body of water and you have the ideal conditions for bacteria to grow.

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    Regaining Balance

    Getting your water quality up to snuff after a winter shutdown takes quite a bit more than unlocking the gate and throwing the switch

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    Lost in Translation

    Finding qualified lifeguards is one of the biggest challenges to running a safe facility

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    The Real CSI

    Since the early 1960s, the pool industry has been using a familiar concept called the Calcium Saturation Index to predict water’s tendency to be corrosive or scale-forming

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    Good Circulation

    Dirt, leaves and algae in a pool?s corners will create persistent problems. Eliminating these ?dead spots? requires a properly functioning circulation system that redistributes debris between the strainer and the filter.

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    A Tale of Two Markets

    I entered the aquatics industry more than 18 years ago, and the majority of my experience has taken place in the commercial pool market.

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    Advances in aquatic equipment promise to reduce costs and increase operators’ peace of mind.

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    New Material

    One of the fastest-growing trends in indoor pool ventilation is fabric air dispersion, or ductwork, as an alternative to conventional metal.

  • Crypto Proof?

    Cryptosporidium, or crypto as it is often called, has become the leading cause of recreational water illnesses in the United States, according to surveillance reports published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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    Ready for Your Close Up?

    When it comes to marketing ideas, most aquatics professionals are the equivalent of a fish out of water: They’d rather be in the water than talk about it.

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    Radical Treatment

    Breakpoint chlorination is the established method taught in operator certification courses for removing combined chlorine in recreational water

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    Bug Zappers

    Recreational water illnesses are a major concern for facility operators, with outbreaks up significantly last year.

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    Warning Signs

    In 1999, a large flower and consumer show was held in the Netherlands. One vendor set up several display spas.

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    Maintaining Control

    Electronic controllers have found a home in the aquatics industry.

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    Shower Power

    Consider this: Standard commercial buildings in the United States pour through an average of 9.5 billion gallons of water every day, according to GreenBiz.com, a leading environmental responsibility information resource.

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    Breaking Point

    The practice of overapplying chlorine is a serious problem that is leading to negative media coverage for the aquatics industry.

  • Photo illustration by Denise Baker; Waterpark photo courtesy Wet 'n Wild

    Variable frequency drives can save your facility thousands — not to mention the planet.

    Would you like to save thousands of dollars in electric utility costs and protect vital equipment while at the same time reducing your aquatics facility’s carbon footprint?

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    Put it to the Test

    You may think you’re using the most accurate water-test kit available, but it still can read incorrectly or differently than expected.

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    Smooth Operations

    For all the specialization in the field of aquatics facility design, it’s clear the firms that design and build commercial aquatics facilities generally don’t use or operate them.

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    Comparison Shopping

    Then it comes to operator certification, aquatics professionals have three main choices: • NRPA’s Aquatic Facility Operator.


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