14 August 2021

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Protecting against chlorine gas exposure

Protecting against chlorine gas exposure


Each year dozens of visitors to aquatic facilities are accidentally exposed to chlorine gas due to a failure of the electrical interlock between the water circulation pump and chemical feed equipment. For that reason, the American Chemistry Council Chlorine Division prepared an instructional YouTube video that outlines the proper steps aquatic staff can take to reduce the risk of unintended exposure

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Spring,Texas—SixFlagschemicalexposure

Spring,Texas—SixFlagschemicalexposure


Thirty-one people were hospitalized following a chemical exposure incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, Texas. The incident occurred on July 17, affecting over 100 people, 55 of whom refused transport to area hospitals. Officials said that those affected were decontaminated prior to being allowed to leave the park. Authorities evacuated the park that afternoon, and one person

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PHTA invites public review on PHTA 10

PHTA invites public review on PHTA 10


The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is inviting public review and comments on a new PHTA/ICC-10 Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure. The purpose of the PHTA/ICC10 standard is to establish minimum standards to provide a reasonable level of safety and protection to the structure into which the elevated pool is integrated. Safety

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Neil Lowry grant to North Richland Hills, TX

Neil Lowry grant to North Richland Hills, TX


The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has awarded the 2021 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to the City of North Richland Hills in Texas. The winner was announced during the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) 2021 Virtual Annual Education Conference (AEC) awards ceremony. Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and the Recreational

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A new era:  Department of energy pool pump regulations in effect

A new era: Department of energy pool pump regulations in effect


New Department of Energy (DOE) pool pump regulations went into effect on July 19, 2021, meaning more pool owners will soon be switching to variable speed (VS) pumps on their next replacement as their single-speed pool pumps fall out of compliance. While some single speed pumps meet the DOE regulation, they may not have the performance needed. With the new regulations in hand and performance needs

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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 Sally Smith & Renee Marier of Mango Pool & Spa Maintenance, in Lake Elsinore, California. “Tracy Simmons from Acme Pool Care in Riverside, CA sent us this picture,” writes Sally. “I

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Meeting industry professionals around us …

Meeting industry professionals around us …


If Jennifer Hatfield had her way, state and federal pool and spa regulations would reflect rational, sciencebased reasoning, so she spends her time as a consultant for the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance advocating on behalf of the industry at every level of government. With a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary, and law degree from the University of Florida, she’s