Problem Solver - August 2015
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Maintain Consistent Water Quality

Ensuring consistent water quality in aquatic facilities is crucial to ensure the safety and health of swimmers, as well as the life of your pool's equipment. By following suggested maintenance practices for your pool and its filtration and chlorination systems, as well as keeping regular tabs on water quality and maintaining accurate records, you'll be able to anticipate and adjust to potential changes before they become a problem.

Q: What is the best method to maintain consistent water quality?

A: The answer to that question will vary depending on your specific pool's needs and uses, including the size of the pool itself to the number of visitors you get on a daily basis.

Develop a comprehensive water maintenance program designed specifically for your pool that uses either chlorination or bromination as a primary sanitization method. Then, make sure you understand how the system works, and what you need to do to keep it working at an optimal level.

Automated systems work with chemical feeders to adjust sanitizer residual and pH on a continual basis to any changes in your pool, but you still need to regularly check in to be sure everything is running properly.

Q: What should we do to ensure water quality is consistent?

A: Regular testing of your pool's water and routine inspection of pool equipment is the focus of every water maintenance program and should reveal any potential trouble before it threatens your day-to-day operations. Most areas have regulations set by the local health department or another agency that define parameters for how often you should be testing the water. In most cases, you should be checking the water every couple of hours, but during periods of heavy use, you might need to test more often. Be sure to keep a written record of all results. This should be part of your regular record-keeping, which should also make note of any other regular maintenance activities.

Changes in water quality can be anticipated if you know what to look for. But first, you need to make sure you're following the program you put in place for your pool and its systems. These practices will vary on a case-by-case basis, so be sure you understand the manufacturers' instructions for working with the water filtration and chlorination system that are located at your facility.

In addition to the regular maintenance regime required for your filtration and sanitization systems, you also need to keep your pool's surface clean by vacuuming and brushing it regularly.

Be sure you are providing up-to-date training for your staff on how the pool's systems work, as well as how to perform all the recommended maintenance tasks.

Q: What are some of the signs that there are problems with our pool's water?

A: Testing the water and daily checks of other equipment should reveal any trouble right away. But some other signs to look out for include problems maintaining a chlorine residual, water that is cloudy, or the presence of algae. Cloudy water is often the sign of a filtration issue, while the presence of algae likely indicates chlorination issues.

If you do have a problem with your pool's water clarity, there are clarifiers and coagulants that can help remove undesirable compounds before they create problems.


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