• Design Details: Auto Garage Salvaged as Swim School

    by Paul Steinbach April 2014

    Adaptive reuse is viewed as a key factor in the rejuvenation of historic or older structures and land. But there's another "green" aspect of the process that makes adaptive reuse resonate even more with facility owners: It can save money. Case in point is Splash Swim School in Walnut Creek, Calif., which was constructed for a cool $1 million.

  • After 133 Closures in 2013, City Steps Up Pool Testing

    by Nick Daniels April 2014

    When many people go to the local pool for a swim, they don’t think twice about the delicate chemical balance required for the water to be safe for swimmers — they assume there are people responsible for checking that — and they’d be right. 

    But according to the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, city inspectors worry those tasked with checking the pool's chlorine and pH levels may not be doing so correctly.

    In 2013, Lincoln closed 133 pools after inspections revealed that the water did not meet quality standards — which may indicate that water testers are making errors during testing.

    Under current regulations, lifeguards at a pool can handle pool tests with little training in the correct testing processes.

    Pool water is tested by adding a chemical to a small sample of pool water and stirring the sample to turn the water pink. Then another chemical is added to return the water to its original color.

    “It’s like a chemistry test,” Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health Division manager for the local department, told the Journal Star. “You have to add the correct number of drops. You have to swirl and not shake.”

    Under proposed changes to the outdated pool-testing rules, only certified pool operators or pool testers would be allowed to do quality checks. In order to become certified, candidates would be required to take a short class and be tested to make sure they know how to test the water. The certification class would cost $20 dollars and would make a tester certified for two years.

    Testing water correctly plays a large role in helping maintain healthy pool users. When the water has the right pH and chlorine balance, it can reduce the transfer of certain types of diseases and infections.

    In 2001, Lincoln suffered an outbreak of cryptosporidium, a diarrheal illness, after it is estimated that it originally spread through public swimming pools. At its peak, there were more than 133 cases of cryptosporidium that had been acquired through public swimming pools. 

  • Private Swim Club's Facility Gifted to Park District

    by Susan Sarkauskas April 2014

    The owner of the private Mill Creek Swim Club is giving the facility to the Geneva Park District. Details are still being worked out between the district and the Shodeen family, according to a news release. Transfer would be completed by early May, and it would open the second week of June.

  • Dehumidifiers Help Maintain Air Quality in Natatoriums

    by Eric Herman April 2014

    Anyone who has spent time around indoor pool facilities can likely relate to the challenge of maintaining desired air quality within those spaces. All too often, the humidity is too high, the air smells bad and the temperatures are either too high or too low. In some extreme cases, the air quality is so degraded it can present health hazards and/or create conditions that keep people away.

  • Weather Seen as Key to Aquatic Center's Rebound

    by Steven Matthews March 2014

    The Kroger Aquatic Center at The Heights is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend. In 2013, the aquatic center had a net loss of $35,158.72 and drew 29,282 people. In its opening season in 2012, the aquatic center generated a profit of $172,863.17 and attracted 86,977 visitors. HUBER HEIGHTS - The Kroger Aquatic Center at The Heights is looking to rebound in its third season of operation after last year's attendance and revenue numbers declined sharply, which city offi cials said was primarily due to the weather.

  • Residents Pool Ideas for Proposed Aquatic Center

    by BEN JACOBSON TH staff writer * March 2014

    After more than a half-hour of debating and prioritizing, Fred Bounds' group had whittled dozens of possible aquatic center features down to about 15 preferences.

  • After 'No' Vote on Pool, HS Officials Ponder Next Move

    by Marie Wilson March 2014

    For now, though, the most pressing pool-related concern has shifted to finding a place for next year's swimming and diving teams to practice and compete.

  • Peeing in Public Pools Common and Harmful, Say Studies

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    It might not come as a huge shock, but now there's actually proof to back it up: peeing in the pool is harmful to swimmers' health. And that's bad news considering the Los Angeles Times reports one in five Americans admits to peeing in a public swimming pool.

  • Voters Growing Weary of Another HS Pool Referendum

    by Marie Wilson February 2014

    Some Roselle-area taxpayers feel like it's "deja pool" all over again.

  • City's $126K Pool Rehab to Fix $1K-Per-Month Leaks

    by Schuyler Kropf; February 2014

    The city of Charleston's Martin Luther King Jr. Pool is scheduled to re-open in mid-March after undergoing a resurfacing and the installation of a new water heating system.