Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC): An Introduction

As pool service professionals for public swimming pools, we have the duty and responsibility to know and understand the operational guidelines and regulatory requirements set forth by the governing authority in which we provide our service.  Usually this governing authority is the local county Environmental Health department. While some counties do a pretty good job establishing and making available these swimming pool operational guidelines and […]

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC): An Introduction

NSPF Educational Opportunities

We start the second day of our CPO class with the homework review.    Did somebody say, “Homework? Ugh!”  Well, yes, it IS school — AND there is HOMEWORK!–sorry….you’ve got to practice those math problems to do well on the exam–it’s a fact! After the homework review, we spend some time online showing the students the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s website. We also introduce our […]

NSPF Educational Opportunities

What changes the pH of pool water?

Just about everything that is added to the pool water will change the pH.  And anything that exits or is carried out of the water changes the pH.  Even the type of pool wall surface will affect the pH. Our Pool & Spa Operator Handbook lists a few things that affect the pH: the bathers the disinfectants we use the source water air-borne debris the water balance […]

What changes the pH of pool water?

Know Your Test Kit (AND It’s Limitations)!

The main “tool of the trade” that we use as pool operators is our test kit and testing instruments. In our CPO certification class, we talk about and thoroughly explain, the four different methods of chemical testing that we perform in the field:  colorimetric, titrimetric, turbidimetric, and electronic.   There are many different brands, models, and combinations of test kits and instruments available to us.  And every […]

Know Your Test Kit (AND It's Limitations)!

Total Dynamic Head and the Pump Curve

It’s already July, 2011 — and this year is more than half over.  Time is just FLYING by as we have fun teaching CPO classes! Last Monday was July 4, and we celebrated our country’s Independence Day with family and friends with picnics and fireworks.  As a nation, we have declared ourselves to be independent and sovereign now for 235 years…..but that freedom has not […]

Total Dynamic Head and the Pump Curve

Incompatible Pool Chemicals

We had a full house in our CPO Certification class at SCP/PoolCorp in Riverside this past Thursday and Friday, June 23-24.  We purchased more tables to accommodate everyone and are now better prepared to include more students at this location.  We appreciate SCP allowing us to store the tables there between classes, too. When we talk about pool water problems in our classes, the topic […]

Incompatible Pool Chemicals