CPO® in Indio

Our first CPO® certification class in Indio was held on May 16-17 at PoolCorp’s Superior Pool Products on 83-925 Fir Ave. The classroom venue in Indio was outstanding, and the hospitality of all the Indio SPP staff made us feel very welcome! A tremendous thank you goes to Dave Barfuss, Branch Manager, and to Betty Gonzalez, Regional Event Coordinator, for making our Indio premier a […]

CPO® in Indio

Flow Rate and Water Velocity

  We finished out the year of 2011 at PoolCorp’s Superior Pool Products building in Anaheim this past Thursday and Friday (December 8-9).  The CPO students were energetic and ready to learn about swimming  pool operation, and did quite well on the exam.  Thanks again, to PoolCorp and to the staff in Anaheim for all your hospitality and support throughout the year.  And a BIG “thanks” goes […]

Flow Rate and Water Velocity

TriChlor and DiChlor — What do they have in common?

Chlorine is an element of nature – it is number 17 in group 17 (Halogens) on the Periodic Chart of the Elements.   It is a gas in its elemental form.  Using various processes,  different chlorine compounds are manufactured which we use in the swimming pool industry: Sodium Hypochlorite (Liquid Chlorine) Calcium Hypochlorite (Cal Hypo) Lithium Hypochlorite TriChlor (trichloro-s-triazinetrione) DiChlor (sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione) To protect chlorine […]

TriChlor and DiChlor -- What do they have in common?

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?

Legionnaires’ Disease at the Playboy Mansion

Let’s discuss the “infamous” Chapter Four of the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. When we study this chapter in our CPO class, we go over all the known pathogens found in swimming pools and their associated illnesses and diseases.  We categorize these pathogens as “enteric” (intestinal) or “nonenteric,” and we discuss how humans contract them.   One of the nonenteric diseases found […]

Legionnaires' Disease at the Playboy Mansion

General Chemical Dosage Formulas

As we were going through the chemical dosage exercises in our CPO class this past Thursday and Friday at Superior Pool Products in Anaheim, the question was asked, “Is there a general formula that we can use to add chemicals to the pool?”   In class we use a worksheet (developed by the Foundation) that simplifies the elementary algebra — and reduces it to simple […]

General Chemical Dosage Formulas