Supplement Feature - February 2021
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Just Keep Swimming

The 2021 Aquatic Trends Report

By Emily Tipping

Slightly fewer respondents to this year's survey said they have strategies and tools in place to conserve resources. In 2019, we reported that 71% of respondents were conserving resources, a number that fell to 69.2% in 2020. More than half (53.8%) said they aim to conserve chemicals, while slightly fewer respondents said they have strategies and tools for conserving energy (47%, down from 53.6%) and water (45%, up from 43.4%).

Respondents from schools and camps were the most likely to report that they currently aim to conserve energy, chemicals or water. Some 84.4% of school respondents currently do so, up from 70.6% in 2019. Interestingly, camps were the least likely to take such actions in 2019, and the percentage of camp respondents who aim to conserve resources has grown dramatically over the past three years, from 46.9% in 2018 to 78.1% in 2020. Parks and Ys were the least likely to report that they have strategies and tools for conserving chemicals, energy and water in 2020—with 66.8% of parks and 69.5% of Ys indicating they employ such measures.

The most common tools used to conserve energy, chemicals and water at aquatic facilities included LED lighting (used by 46.1% of all respondents, up from 41.5% in 2018) and high-efficiency heaters (used by 29%, down from 31.1% in 2018). Another 21.8% rely on VFDs, up from 20.6%, and 20.5% use pool covers or blankets, virtually unchanged from 2018. (See Figure 16.)