Periodic 2013 inspections of public pools, hot tubs, and spas in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas revealed over 80 % had at least one health or safety violation. One of every eight of those venues had to be closed immediately because of a serious threat to public health. Kiddie pools had the highest proportion of violations that led to closures and shut down immediately following an inspection.
The most common violations were related to improper pH and faulty disinfectant concentrations. When pool water’s pH is too high, the disinfecting power of chlorine diminishes, allowing germs to proliferate. Chlorine also loses effectiveness as a sanitizing agent in higher temperatures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends swimmers be proactive and bring their own test strips and test for common parameters before entering the water. Test strips offer a quick and easy screening method that everyone can use.
Is the water safe in public schools? The water crisis in Michigan has drawn national attention to water quality and safety. Many public school districts still question their water purity. Experts say that schools nationwide have issues with lead contamination.
According to The New York Times, federal regulations on water safety apply on narrow issues. Regulations apply only to suppliers of water in case of regulating drinking water. When it comes to lead, it is difficult to assign responsibility. School districts, state city regulators, and the federal E.P.A. have all failed at every level. Michael Wines, Patrick McGeehan and John Schwartz, who cover water safety for The New York Times, reflect on their reporting. For more on the conversation – click here
A new report blames coal plants for China’s water shortage
In China, coal-fired power plants consume 7.4 billion cubic meters of water each year, enough to meet the basic needs of about 30 percent of the nation’s population. The growth of the coal-to-chemicals industry has exacerbated its water crisis. In much of northern China, people are using water faster than it will be regenerated. [Read more]
A Virginia brewery is making an effort to make residents aware of a stream that needs a cleanup. Good water quality is essential to any brewery and that is why the owners of Brothers Craft Brewing are getting the word out about the bad water quality of a local stream used to draw water for craft beer. [Story]
We’ll be exhibiting at the following 2016 tradeshows. Stop by and visit for demonstrations on our unique line of water quality testing products and learn why we are the innovators of water quality testing.
Pool and Spa tradeshows:
- Mid America Pool & Spa – Indianapolis, IN Jan.20-21 Booth #512
- Southwest Pool & Spa Show, San Antonio, TX Jan 22-23 Booth #418
- Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show – Atlantic City, NJ Jan. 26-28 Booth #2454
- Spatex 2016 – Brighton, UK Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 exhibiting as ITS Europe, LTD Stand #F22
- IPPE 2016 – Atlanta, GA Jan. 26-28 Stand #6707
- Orlando Pool & Spa Show – Orlando, FL Feb. 12-13, Booth #732
- Western Pool & Spa Show – Long Beach, CA March 10-12 Booth #323
Water Quality tradeshows:
- PITTCON 2016 – Atlanta, GA Mar. 7-10 Booth #838
- WQA Aquatech USA – Nashville, TN March 15-16, 2013 Booth #829
- Beer X – Sheffield, UK March 16-18 exhibiting as ITS Europe, LTD Stand #113
The eastern majority of the United States is preparing for an epic winter storm. While stocking up on bread and milk, be proactive and use these helpful tips before the storm. [Lifehacker]