The temperatures have gotten a lot warmer in the past few weeks and swimming pool operators now must meet the public’s demand for a place to ‘cool off’. Swimming pool season has arrived!
Problem: Some pools just don’t pass muster.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s the right season to take a dip in the neighborhood pool, but WCNC found almost half the pools in Mecklenburg County fail their first inspection.
The problems were serious enough at 15 percent of Mecklenburg County pools that inspectors shut them down immediately. (source: 6/25/2008 article by Stuart Watson WCNC)
An ‘open’ pool does not necessarily mean a safe pool. Visitors of public swimming facilities, especially those which have privatized maintenance, as in the case of an apartment complex, may want to test the pool water for basic parameters before going for a swim.
Taking a few minutes to use one of the Pool CheckTM brand or Aquachek brand of test strips will tell you right away if the pool contains the right amount of necessary chemicals. Properly maintained pool water will have a perfect balance of pH, Total Alkalinity, Hardness, and Sanitizer(s). Too much or too little of each parameter may result in potentially unsafe swimming conditions.
Pool service companies and/or maintenance technicians reading this entry may want to take a look at the FAS DPD Service Kit and/or the Taylor Pool Service Test Kit since those kits use more traditional (liquid test kit) testing methods.
Most local health inspectors do not allow pool operators to rely solely upon test strips and require that public swimming facility operators use either liquid test kits like the ones just mentioned or more sophisticated meters.
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