Supplement Feature - February 2013
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Aquatic Trends Corner

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If you're looking to lower your operating costs and make your facility more sustainable—both economically and environmentally—there are several steps you can take, touted by aquatics industry experts.

  • Upgrade your heater. Pool heaters grow less efficient over time, and newer heater models are much more efficient than the old ones. What's more, they have much lower emissions and take up a smaller footprint.
  • Re-use your splashpad water. There are several kinds of water management systems available for splash play areas. If you want to go green and need to conserve water, look for a system that recirculates water, or alternately, one that holds the water that drains away from the splashpad in an underground tank, where you can later draw on it to irrigate the surrounding area.
  • Turn it off sometimes. Your splash play area needn't be running all the time. Use controllers and activators to ensure water's not being wasted when no one's there to play in it.
  • Talk to your manufacturer. There are many ways to green up your pool. Talk to your pool supplier to find out other things you can do to streamline your use of water and energy.

Other News

  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) launched its Step Into Swim campaign this year, which aims to encourage the private and public sector to sponsor and support existing and exceptional programs that help people learn to swim. Learn more at www.stepintoswim.org.
  • The deadline for compliance with new ADA requirements was extended, but only until January 2013. According to the 2012 State of the Industry Report (June 2012), more than three-quarters (75.9 percent) of respondents were already in compliance with the guidelines, which require accessible means of entry to swimming pools.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NSPF and other volunteers continue to work toward a Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), meant to streamline regulations and "transform the typical health department pool program into a data-driven, knowledge-based risk reduction effort to prevent disease and injuries and promote healthy recreational water experiences." The MAHC aims to apply best practices and standards for protecting public health, and states and local agencies will be able to use the code to bring about more uniform guidelines for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of swimming pools. Learn more at: www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/.