Manually Adding Chemicals to the Pool

  Chapter 9 of our Pool & Spa Operator™Handbook is all about adding chemicals to the swimming pool; using automated controllers/feeders or adding them manually. Before you even approach a pool with chemicals, you need to know what each and every one  is going to do to the pool water balance.  And you need to know the potential hazards and what to do when an accident occurs; the […]

Manually Adding Chemicals to the Pool

El Monte Aquatic Center

We held our first CPO® Certification Class at the El Monte Aquatic Center in El Monte, California this past Thursday and Friday, April 19-20. You can check out a short YouTube video about this wonderful facility here. Everything is BIG there: big 40 hp main circulation pump, big 12″ plumbing, big 2,000,000 BTU heater and BIG Pool – 640,000 gallons!  It was quite a treat for us and […]

El Monte Aquatic Center

National Water Safety Month – 2012

The month of May is National Water Safety Month: “an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals with support from the National Recreation & Parks Association, the American Red Cross, and the World Waterpark Association.” Chapter 14 of our Pool & Spa Operator Handbook is entitled, “Facility Safety.”  Many safety topics are covered:  Training, Access, Entrapment, The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa […]

National Water Safety Month - 2012

Available Chlorine Content

On page 50 of our Pool & Spa Operator Handbook in chapter 5, there is an excellent chart that lists all the chlorine compounds and their respective characteristics/properties.  One of the properties listed is “Available Chlorine Content.”  You should remember that all chlorine compounds — namely, liquid chlorine, Trichor, Dichlor and such — are NOT created equal! The term “Available Chlorine Content” (ACC) was established to compare the potential […]

Available Chlorine Content

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

We started off the new year of 2012 with our Certified Pool/Spa Operator® Certification class in Anaheim this past Thursday and Friday, January 12-13.  When we rolled in on Wednesday afternoon to set-up  — we were  immediately greeted by Steve and Brian — our heroes!!  Thanks, guys!!  — it is such a great help to us when you carry our equipment and supplies up the stairs! […]

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Total Alkalinity – What is it exactly?

There are several phrases and terms used to describe Total Alkalinity (TA): The buffering capacity of water Water’s ability to neutralize acid The pH stabilizer The ability of water to resist a change in pH A measure of the total of hydroxide ions (OH–), carbonate ions (CO3–) and bicarbonate ions (HCO3–) in water The pH anchor These are all correct.  As you know, TA is […]

Total Alkalinity - What is it exactly?