RECENT ARTICLES
  • Murky Water Concerns Close Five Providence Pools

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Safety concerns prompted city officials in Providence, R.I. to close the city’s five public pools on Friday, the day before a four-day heat wave struck the city.

    The Providence Journal reports that Evan England, the mayor’s press secretary, said that heavy rains during the week offset the chemical balance of the pool water. This caused calcium in the water to crystalize into a substance called scale. Scale crystals are too small for pool filters to remove, and lingered in the pool making the water cloudy.

  • Plastic Fiber in Toronto Pool May Be Public Health Risk

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Plastic fibers from a fraying pool liner found floating in the popular Alex Duff outdoor swimming pools at Toronto’s Christie Pits could pose a risk public safety.

  • Six Steps to Creating an Aquatic Preventive Maintenance Plan

    by Emily Attwood July 2015

    As summer temperatures climb across the country, so too does attendance at recreational pools. Especially for seasonal-use pools, the apex of summer presents a peak in revenues. It's also about the worst possible time to have to shut down for unexpected repairs. But for facilities with a preventive-maintenance plan in place, it's nothing to sweat over.

  • First Naturally Filtered Pool in U.S. Opens in Minnesota

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Following months of delays and years of planning, the Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool, the first naturally filtered swimming pool in the U.S., opened to the public in Minneapolis. Planning for the project started 10 years ago and construction on the $6 million facility began in 2013. 

  • Incidents at Pools Draw Attention to Breastfeeding Laws

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Two mothers in different parts of the country hope that their experiences while breastfeeding at public pools will help educate others about breastfeeding laws.

  • Pool Management Company in Trouble After Near Drowning

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A pool management company is under scrutiny following the near-drowning of a 14-year-old boy at a Georgia pool where witnesses say lifeguards didn’t help rescue the boy from the pool or perform CPR.

  • Children Sickened by Excess Chlorine at Water Park

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    About 25 children became sick at White Lake Water Park in North Carolina after a pool employee didn’t turn off the chlorine system, resulting in a small amount of concentrated chlorine being pumped into a wave pool.

  • The AB Extra: July 10

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    This week's AB Extra features the world's first sliding field at a new stadium in London, a high school that's getting creative in solving a rodent problem and a Texas-shaped pool that's fighting to become a historical landmark.

  • Roll-Up Doors Flood Wellness Center Pool with Fresh Air

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    In recreation centers, roll-up doors made of metal are typically used to allow for easy transport of equipment between indoor and outdoor activity spaces, or to close off storage areas or point-of-sale operations.

  • Can You Match This Lifeguard's Level of Awareness?

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A lifeguard’s quick reaction to a child struggling to swim in a crowded wave pool potentially saved the child’s life when no one else seemed to see him unable to stay above the water.