14 May 2021

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Have you heard of Active Catalytic Oxidation?

Have you heard of Active Catalytic Oxidation?


Could outdoor pools eliminate cyanuric acid? The chemists at Dryden Aqua say yes, and their answer is Active Catalytic Oxidation, or ACO, a relatively new chemical for the pool and spa industry. According to the company’s website, ACO is a chemical product consisting of metal oxides and poly silicates that converts short-wavelength, energyintensive ultraviolet rays from the sun into longer wavelengths.

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Trichlor shortage is real, chlorine supply ok

Trichlor shortage is real, chlorine supply ok


By Terry Arko All the pool trades and social media have been buzzing with blogs and articles on the current chlorine shortage. Some of these articles make it look as if every pool in the U.S. is threatened to become an algae cesspool—and the service trade is due to dry up and blow away like a tumbleweed. I have news for the pool service trade to offset the gloom prophecies. The fact is that there

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PHTA donates $500K to ‘Step Into Swim’

PHTA donates $500K to ‘Step Into Swim’


The Pool & Hot TubAlliance (PHTA) Board of Directors recently committed to donating $500,000 to Step Into Swim, PHTA's drowning prevention initiative. One hundred percent of these funds will go straight to learn-to-swim programs who have applied for Step Into Swim grants in recent years. The Board of Directors unanimously agreed to make this donation, as part of PHTA's broader commitment

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Check out our latest ‘Horror File’ entry

Check out our latest ‘Horror File’ entry


Welcome to the latest edition of our popular “Can You Top This?” column, featuring the newest entry in the Service Industry News “Horror File. ” This issue’s entry comes to us from Rod Hansen of Pine Ridge Pool Care in Auberry, California. “This is a picture of a 2” suction line in a beach entry about 8” deep. We got a call from a current service client (who was getting ready

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Getting to know industry professionals

Getting to know industry professionals


If you’ve been active in the pool and spa industry for a length of time, you’ve probably met or heard of Terry Arko. Perhaps you’ve attended one of the hundreds of seminars that he’s given at nationwide tradeshows over the course of his 40-year career in the pool industry. Maybe you’ve read one of dozens of articles he’s written on water chemistry. You might have even obtained your CPO

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