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National Spotlight on Crypto - What Can you do to protect yourself.

  

Quick, name the largest documented Crypto outbreak in US History.

It was the Milwaukee (drinking water) outbreak of 1993. There were over 400,000 people affected (25% of Milwaukee's population). Sadly 69 people lost their lives (they had weakened immune systems per Milwaukee DOH), and many others became severely ill and/or had their immune systems compromised as a result of the parasite.

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What about pools? In 2007 a large outbreak in Utah affected over 1,000 patrons over a two month period. While it originated in a few main pools, it quickly spread to other pools and sections of the state. Subsequent outbreaks in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and other states affected hundreds of unsuspecting patrons who were out for a good time.

While many of us have always been aware of the dangers of Crypto it seems like ALL of America is fully aware now, thanks to a recent media blitz by The Sun Sentinal, USA Today, CNN, Good Morning America and just about every newspaper and TV station in the land. 

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Why the sudden attention? It turns out the the Centers for Disease Control released a May report that the number of "outbreaks" had doubled between 2014 and 2016. That's doubled! Outbreaks doesn't mean number of people affected, it means a regional event where people are infected in a pool, go to another facility and spread the parasite. This process is assisted because it takes up to 2-weeks for the symptoms to show up, allowing plenty of time for spread of disease.

Each outbreak can have far reaching effects. Arizona brass identified 352 people sick with Crypto for July-October 2016 (a 460% increase over any one YEAR in their history), while Ohio identified 1,940 cases (a 240% increase over any one year in 2012-2015). This is not trending correctly, as the CDC and many Health Departments are working hard to REDUCE the number of outbreaks.

What the CDC notes as the "Best Way to Protect Yourself" as a bather or parent.....

  • Don’t swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea.
    • If diarrhea is caused by Crypto, wait until two weeks after diarrhea has stopped to go swimming.
  • Don’t swallow the water in which you swim.
  • Rinse off in the shower before getting in the water to help remove any germs on your body that could contaminate the water.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks often, and check diapers in a diaper-changing area and not right next to the pool. 

But what about protecting yourself as an owner or operator of a pool?

Here are a few guidelines as established by CES and customer experiences, or from industry best practices.

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  • Take Control: Many CES customers have found it most important to take direct control over all the major parameters that could affect bather welfare and safety. Chemistry control is an obvious starting point and is a delicate minute-by-minute balance that changes with each bather, each click of the chemical feeder, and each unintended discharge of from human skin and organs. Manual introduction of chemicals, a fixed rate feed system, found in many facilities, or a 3-day a week pool service contract cannot possibly keep pace with the demands.
    • Solution: Any of the affordable CES programs, starting at $69 per month, provides precise and reliable second by second control of all major water parameters so that you can be assured that the water is safe and code compliant.

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  • Stay Connected: Daily or periodic mechanical room supervision is a key component of pool operation, but it is not enough to protect the owner against mechanical mishaps that may cause the facility to stray out of compliance. Leading facilities have gravitated toward staying continually connected to their mechanical systems using CES’s Open Architecture Communications (OAC). It provides continual monitoring of all major mechanical parameters, permanent storage of pool readings, and a powerful alert notification program for any out-of-range parameter, so that the operators can resolve problems before they becomes a big customer satisfaction or liability issue. Low chlorine levels, left unchecked can cause unhealthy water, but can be quickly and easily resolved with OAC. Many CES operators stay in touch via email and text messages using smart phone app, tablets, or PC connections.
    • Solution: CES’s no-cost monitoring programs are available on all control systems that have been installed since 2006 and while first viewed as a "nicety", it has evolved into an important cornerstone to a responsible pool operation, and has proven to help resolve countless issues over the past 12 years.

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  • Circulation and Drinking Water Filtration: At the heart of every successful pool application is a properly sized and balanced circulation and filtration system that can filter up to drinking water–grade specifications and that turns over the water in relation to the bathing load. The suction and discharge piping, distribution system, filter manifold and internals, and backwash systems are carefully engineered on a project-by-project basis.
    • Solution: The proper acceleration of filtration rates is a standard feature in all CES-designed mechanical packages, often being maximized to the limits of the underground piping. Sizing is based on estimated (current and future) bathers per week, and this CES formula has experienced an 100% success rate over the past 30 years.

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  • UV or advanced oxidation treatment: Chlorine is a key component of any code-approved treatment package, but is quite limited in oxidation power. It cannot carry the full load of the tremendous oxidation requirements of a busy facility, and cannot provide relief against skin irritation and crypto issues. CES implements a wide array of advanced oxidation technologies, which are custom-designed for each swim school application. These can consist of ozone, UV, Amalgam UV, Saline, Peroxolytes, and other solutions.
    • Solution: A properly sized medium pressure UV system is EPA-validated to inactivate 99.9% of all Crypto in a single pass. Does it absolutely prevent a sick person from infecting others in your pool? No! But it is a proactive strategy that provides a strong layer of protection by continually inactivating Crypto and other pathogens, in the full recirculation flow, every minute of every day. It is supported by CES service techs, and requires only periodic on-site maintenance. 

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  • Follow new CDC guidelines: New 2016 CDC guidelines for treatment of fecal releases helped shine new light on a what was already the best practice for Florida-based operators -- where DOH mandated compliance to CDC guidelines years ago. What's new from CDC? For starters, the new guidelines recommend a maximum stabilizer level of 15 PPM - about 1/6th of the typical stabilizer level for many residential/commercial pool service companies. Why the low (15 PPM) level? CDC research uncovered that at higher levels, it would take many days of high (20+ PPM) treatment to properly (if at all) deactivate Crypto.  

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  • Other Measures:
    • New CRS™ additive targets Crypto: The popular Pulsar System, already the largest solid chlorination system in the industry, added a new wrinkle when it introduced the CRS (Crypto Remediation System). This is a filtration-based treatment that is an integral part of the new Pulsar 45, 140 and 500 feeder systems. It automatically doses a proven Crypto-capturing filter aid after each backwash, to put the filter in a 24/7 Crypto-capturing mode. In the event of a Crypto accident, the operator merely presses the "Code Brown" button on the controller face panel, and the system follows a proven regimen to help filter out the crypto remaining in the pool. Please contact us for more info on this great package.
    • Enduro keep your bottom clean: The Enduro-TurboClean robotic vacuum is gaining National attention as a reliable and powerful pool cleaning system that NEVER really leaves the pool deck. Why? All repairs, maintenance, and adjustments are made on the pool deck, so it's always on duty. But recent studies from overseas indicate that the Enduro does much more than keep your bottom clean, Danish studies show a significant removal of stubborn biofilm not captured with manual vacuuming or normal brushing. This means less bacteria and less chance of the harboring of bacteria and diseases. Is it proven to kill Crypto (heck no), but it is just another proactive step to help keep your pool operation running at peak performance. Every bit helps.

 Conclusion:

All the media hoopla on Crypto will surely fade away in the near future, but the importance of developing a winning strategy to bulletproof your facility against this potential liability should not. 

While water could look clear, inviting, and relatively harmless, it could possibly contain a host of dangerous bacteria and pathogens that can make a whole lot of people sick.... or even kill them. The added scrutiny of Crypto and other dangerous pathogens hopefully will shine a bright light on the need for facilities to invest in bather safety.

For years pool owners and operators have invested in fancy landscaping, a nice bar & restaurant, and nice deck chairs while many shunned investing in their antiquated mechanical systems. Soon adherence to the new MAHC (Model Aquatic Health Code) will encourage pool owners to update all "critical water" (including wading pools, IWF's, plunge pools, spas, and kiddie pools) with UV sterilization, and other proactive treatment devices, in order to provide better protection for their patrons and single pass inactivation of Crypto. Other facilities are adding UV on a proactive basis to help them protect their staff and patrons against the spread of disease "on their watch".

In any event, customers can follow each others' great examples by providing enhanced training, CDC protocol compliance, and eventual equipment upgrades in order to help stay out of the limelight. 

Subconsciously many might want to become famous.... just not as the owner/operator of the epicenter of a large Crypto outbreak.

Barron Swim School opens state-of-the art facility !

 

So, suppose you are a leader in the Gymnastics industry for 38+ years, and you want to offer a learn-to-swim program for your customers and beyond? What would you do? 

If you are the Barron Family, you would dive in (no pun intended) headfirst, learn from the best in the industry, and build the best possible swim school for your clients. Here is a quick recap of the process, the story, and the results.

Read on.

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The Journey - Knowing what you don't know.

Step 1, assemble a team.

The Barron Family had 38 years of leading edge experience with gymnastics, but quite frankly knew nothing about pools. They said so during our first meeting. But they weren't really starting from scratch, as building a top-flight gymnastics school requires many of the same processes and procedures with staff and customers alike -- so they knew how to build a kid-centric business, but not a pool.

They had high goals, and knew they were starting from the bottom. But Joe and Diane Barron, and their kids Scott and Julie would not take no for an answer.... especially when one swim school owner told them that "they would never make it". Later, pool veteran Jack Young joined the Barrons to help round out a winning team.

They took some quick steps toward success, and adopted a team concept. The team included:

  • Third Level Design, Frank Sahlein, President
    • Versatile business coaches that provide complete feasibility studies, demographic analysis, etc,
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  • SwimConsultant.com Andy Broido, President
    • 35-year Swim School industry veteran in operations, curriculum, teacher training, etc.
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  • CES, Alvaro Mendoza, President
  • Westport Pools, Jim Bastian, Preisdent
    • Engineering, Pool Construction, on-site service center support for major mechanical components
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  • Leading Swim School owners
    • Provided guidance and answered hundreds of questions
    • Miren Oca - Ocaquatics Miami, ocaquatics.com
    • Dave Tonnesen - SwimKids, VA swimkids.us
    • Many others

This type of collaboration gave the Barrons the answers they needed from folks that they trusted, and allowed them to develop a good game plan right out of the gate.

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The process: Hit the Road Jack.

Step 2: Formulate a game plan

It took 3 years.... but the Barron Family paid their dues and did their research. All in all, they visited over 50 swim schools and attended 5 swim professional conferences all over the US and even travelled to Australia. They consulted with their primary consultants above and worked with other experts in the field to develop their facility, curriculum, procedures, class management and teaching techniques. 

Then there were thousands of questions and emails, and as many phone calls and meetings.

The result? The best of the best.

The state of the art facility was designed to teach from 6 months and up, from beginners to swim teams. It was designed to get young children comfortable with the water at an early age, and guide them all the way through to adult life and even competitive swimming. They can take swimming as far as they want to go. But no matter what, they will be safe, and will enjoy and respect the water.

According to the Barrons: "Our end goal for students who complete all of our levels is for them to be able to safely and fully participate in water activities for the rest of their life. They will be able to go on a family vacation and swim in the ocean, to surf or ski, to scuba or snorkel, to join a competitive swim team, or to go to the pool with friends and be able to swim in the deep end and jump off the diving board."

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Step 3: Put on your hard hat

Built for comfort - for the long term

Sure it looks great now, but converting a former grocery store to a top flight swim school was no easy task, and filled with tremendous challenges. Some say that "construction" is a short name for "are you kidding me??", and Scott mentioned that one of the valuable lessons they learned was that (even with a great team) the pool owner NEEDS to be at the construction site on a consistent basis, keeping an eye on the progress, and resolving any issues. This hands-on approach saved the Barrons time and money 

The pool is definitely the focal point of the facility and it looks great. It is fully surrounded by full glass walls that helps keep children and spectators safely off of the deck but fully engaged in the action. The pool area air is a perfect 86-87F with 58% relative humidity, and water is a warm 91F with special care to remove any irritants.

This allows students to be comfortable in and out of the water; and there's no shivering at Barrons Swim School. The 30’x60’ pool is 4’ deep to maximize teaching area, but deep enough that students can swim without touching the bottom.

Similar schools have built great facilities but didn't have the space for creature comforts. The Barrons' oversized locker room was made for families so adults can assist children of any gender at all times. Within the locker room are fully enclosed toilets, showers and changing rooms to protect privacy when needed. The common area has baby changing counters, cubbies for storing clothing and towels, plugs for hairdryers and benches.

There is even a row of on-deck showers between the pool and locker room so students can rinse off after their class while still in their swimsuits. A glass wall protects the parents who want to stay dry when the children get out of the pool.

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Step 4: Provide the best atmosphere for learning

Water and air quality is important for the health and safety of students and teachers. 

Under the hood, there is a lot of substance behind the pretty face.

The perfect pool environment, pleasing to the kids and parents alike, was no accident. The perfect pool air environment and temperature is the result of a state of the art dehumidification system - literally the size of a freight train -- which was a major investment in the facility, but an easy decision according to Joe.

The crystal clear irritant free water was no accident as the CES permanent media drinking water-grade filtration system completely processes ALL of the pool water every 90-min so that patrons, teachers, and guests are always swimming in perfectly pure fresh water. The system has some redundancy to plan for any eventuality, and backwashes in only 3 minutes with a simple throw of a lever, so there is little down time.

The Barrons chose a traditional Pulsar tablet chlorinations system -- but you hardly know it is there, as there are no offensive chlorine odors, and they are protecting both facility and bathers with perfect water balance of calcium, alkalinity, and pH. 

The pool is equipped with a high-power UV system that not only kills germs, but provides drinking quality water helps remove eye and skin irritation. This system is validated by the EPA to inactivate 99.9% of Cryptosporidium in a single pass, another way to help ensure the safety of bathers and teachers alike.

The CES control system takes direct control of all major parameters, and monitors all vital signs.

  • It monitors and controls Chlorine, ORP, and pH to precise levels to avoid irritation.
  • It monitors the filter system and alerts operators as to the perfect time to backwash
  • It monitors and controls the circulation pump to assure rapid turnover, while saving energy
  • It maintains water level and counts how much water is being used, to save valuable resources
  • It monitors all chemistry and water quality mechanical parameters and instantaneously alerts the team if any parameter falls outside an ideal level.

The pool is monitored 24/7 by CES and the Barrons, both from our PC's, but also from our smart phones and tablets. In case of an out of range condition. the system literally blows up phones with texts and emails until the issue is corrected -- well before it even becomes an issue.

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Conclusion

Sure, the Barrons were told they would "never make it", but we knew all knew differently. While the fun formally began when Joe called and said "let's do this thing", the preparation extended years before.

This degree of preparation, not only detailed above, even included them renting a pool many months in advance to fully train their instructors and fine tune their swimming curriculum before opening the doors. Sure that was an added expense, but a no-brainer for the Barrons.

The Barrons learned on the fly but they are pool novices no more. Diane and Julie were both invited to speak at the 2016 United States Swim School Association (USSSA) national swim conference and were able to share and teach other swim experts about staff hiring and training as well as office procedures and customer service. 

They have been open for a few months now, and are rapidly gaining a following, and are on a collision course with great success. If you're ever in St. Louis, make sure you take a look for yourself.

According  to the Roman philosopher Seneca, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity", and you can bet on the Barrons being lucky for years to come.

It couldn't happen to a nicer family.

Positives and negatives of making your own Chlorine on site.

 

For years we have been asking customers who decided to "make their own" Chlorine about their experiences, and we have heard a wide variety of responses. We heard about the financial benefits, going green, and many more. We also heard about all the negative press about Saline, the many hundreds of failed saline installations, and other issues. But they forged ahead and installed systems that manufactured chlorine on site.

How much Chlorine has this group of customers banded together to make? Are you ready for this?

Between '06 and Dec '16, CES customers have installed systems capable of making over 

7,669,155 lbs of Chlorine.

 AND, each and every day, CES systems are making up to

4,628 lbs of Chlorine.

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Why did they do it? Let's look at the positives and negatives of making your own and then you can decide if it's for you or not. Read on! 

 

Different ways to make your own chlorine?

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As a quick review, there are two proven ways to make you own chlorine. The first is by adding salt to the pool, and converting that saline solution into chlorine when it passes the "reaction chamber". The other is by installing a skid mounted OSEC (on-site electrolytic chlorinator) which is a skid mounted machine that makes Chlorine out of recycled pool water. The difference between the two is whether the salt goes IN the pool, or IN the process.

Negatives of Making Your Own:

Let's first look at the known negatives or roadblocks that customers encountered while setting up to make your own chlorine. 

  • Money: Literally customers were installing a Chlorine FACTORY on their sites and that costs money, sometimes LOTS of it, and this requires approval from managers, boards, and residents. That can be a real pain.
  • Risk: There are thousands of successful residential systems, but there are SO many failed commercial systems out there, so making your own chlorine on a commercial pool is considered to be a risky proposition. Consider it like open heart surgery (more on this later).

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  • Permits: Changing your DOH-permitted chlorination system normally has required engineered drawings, and pre-approval from the Department of Health. Many contractors hadn't and don't ever plan on doing this, and that places the owners' facility in violation of the law. Not good.
  • Not a complete solution: Most of the time it does not make financial sense to install a saline system large enough to handle 100% of your legal workload. So you really need to have a redundant Chlorine feeder, but HOW do you integrate the two? Do you leave the backup plugged in, do you wait for a chemical issue and then plug the backup system in? There are issues with both these strategies.

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  • One of Five: Chlorine not the only chemical that you pool needs, in fact it is only ONE of FIVE major chemical additions that need to be made. So if someone has convinced your staff that saline chlorination resolves all... they are full of guano.
  • Susceptible to issues: Saline system are reported to struggle against Equipment Corrosion as well as Phosphates and Organics, common forms of pollution that are introduced into the pool by city water, bathers, etc.
  • Adding salt and other difficulties: Adding salt to a pool manually is a real pain, especially if the pool leaks. You had to lug sometimes hundred of bags of Chlorine, add to the pool and brush until dissolved. The overall conversion to making your own can be difficult and painstaking. Especially if you partnered with the wrong company. It is much easier to keep doing what you're doing, especially since store-bought chlorine is not exorbitant.

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Yes, there were many negatives and they should be looked at first, but through a lot of hard work from CES and a handful of manufacturers, many of these have been and can be easily overcome. So let's now look at the positives.

Positives of Making Your Own Chlorine:

Here are a few positives along with innovative ways that our customers handled some of the negatives.

  • Soft Silky Water: Over and over again, we hear patrons sing praises of soft and silky water, lack of irritation, lack of chlorine odor, and much more. There is something about providing a "mineral pool' feeling that entices customer to go saline.
  • Green Technology: Some organizations are looking to integrate proven and green modernizations, and given the right program, making your own chlorine can can give you both.

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  • Less Chemical Storage: Some facilities had looked like nuclear waste dump sites, with many empty chemical containers cluttering their open spaces. Saline reduces storage requirements by over 95%, and significantly reduces liability and improves workplace safety.
  • Less Chemical Handling: Some sites require operators to transfer large amounts of chemicals from tanker to tank to jug to pool. This is TOO MUCH handling. Many customers have cut their chemical handling by the same 95%, and only handle basic salt and a small amounts of "backup" Chlorine.

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  • Proven: Flying against the grain, CES saline systems have 99% success rate. Sure there have been issues with poor electronic bonding, heavy phosphate pollution from the environment, and poor maintenance along the way, but (with the help of our customers) we have powered through all of these, and CES Saline systems are fully functional and making lots of chlorine.
  • Self Funding: Sure, a great saline system can cost lots of money, but it will save EVEN MORE. Many hundreds of CES customers have installed systems on a "self funding" program that help save more than it costs on a monthly basis. Not a couple of customers, but many hundreds. 
  • Be Legal: Contrary to the negative issues above, a complete legal solution is possible. That includes the proper DOH pre-engineering and permitting, and proper training and support. CES integrates the entire conversion into one cohesive package and handles every step of the way. 

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  • Seamless integration: The CES saline package includes a control system that provides seamless integration between the saline chlorinator and the DOH-recommended (or required) redundant feeder. The saline behaves as primary and switch back and forth to provide perfect pool water seamlessly in the event of any excessive bather load or weather event.
  • Automatic Salt addition: Along the way, we resolved that painful task of adding salt. New systems automatically monitor salinity levels, and dispense "liquid salt" to maintain the proper levels. You merely load salt into a vat, like in your home water softener.

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  • No Risk: There is really NO risk in making your own chlorine, as the systems are proven, legal, and they make lots of chlorine while being "green". 

 

Conclusion:

Making your own chlorine is a "Process" that require certain steps to be taken. Leaning from everyone's mistakes over the years, we have taken all the steps and have put them in a comprehensive and affordable program that makes it easier for customers to have long term success.

One customer noted that installing saline was similar to getting open heart surgery. Sure in the early years there were surely lots of failed attempts with unprepared doctors and poor results, but there are also organizations that have a highly structured and 99% successful heart surgery program with hundreds of  thousands of success stories and happy customers. You follow their program, you have great results. Not that pool are like heart surgery, but we liked his analogy! 

So, there are now more than 7,669,155 great reasons to make your own chlorine, and you can do so with complete confidence that you too will be successful.

 

CES Customers Share Energy-Saving Success Stories !

 

Many CES customers took significant steps to modernize their facilities in 2016, and worked closely with their CES team to assure that their new systems would provide a step forward. Instead of a "like for like" replacement of a mechanical item, many found it better to upgrade to newer technologies -- often providing great savings.

The most dramatic savings seemed to come from three major categories:

  • Electrical savings via taking direct control of GPM Filtration Rates
  • Chemical savings from on-site manufacturing of chemicals
  • Water savings from monitoring and controlling new "fill" water introduction

Here's a recap of a few of the success stories, directly from the customers that planned and executed the modernizations, along with a couple of observations and tricks that we jointly learned along the way.  

Hope it helps.

Customer Energy-Saving Success Stories

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Villages of Palm Beach Lakes, Shiloh Pool
Ron Wise, Executive Director
Updated Chemistry Controls, Saline Conversion, Direct Control of GPM 

  • Electrical Savings: $700/month
  • Chlorine Savings: 100% of chlorine provided by saline system

A CES customer since 1991, Ron Wise worked to upgrade these popular facilities and make them more efficient and easier to operate. The BECSys5 Controller and CES Motor Controls with VFD (MCC-VFD) automatically maintain precise DOH flow 24/7 by simply dialing in the desired flow rate. When his filters are clean, the system operates at 27% of normal power (wow), and the 25-lb ChlorKing Saline system is providing 100% of the facility chlorination needs. To promote the affordability of the conversion, Ron opted for a 3-year "self-funding" program instead of dipping into his maintenance funds, and the system is paying its own way out of savings. Ron was not aware that his twin 7.5 HP circulating pumps used to cost so much to operate until the conversion, and he's looking forward to tackling their other neighborhood 15HP pool pump next. The residents are very happy, and love the silky saline water feel. Ron worked closely with his board of directors to promote the affordability of the modernizations and planned a few years ahead, so it went very smoothly.

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Waterford Lakes, Orlando, Clubhouse Pool
Ken Zook, General Manager
DE to Sand Filter Upgrade, Interactive Chemistry Controls, Saline Conversion, Direct Control of GPM

  • Electrical Savings: 25-30% since the installation
  • Chemical Savings: "Virtually NO chemical costs"
  • Labor Savings: Labor to clean the pool decreased by 60%

Ken's team used to struggle with hand-to-hand combat on their previous DE filters for 4-hours, several times a week, but they now throw a backwash lever for 3-minutes a every 2-4 weeks. This helped save them 60% of their labor costs. They also used to lug jugs of chemicals and fiddle with chemical feeders, but the saline system has taken nearly 100% control of all in-house chemical production. The single 25-lb ChlorKing saline replaced a previous more residential-grade saline system (with a bunch of cells), but that didn't contribute much per the staff. This is the real thing, they say. Ken and his staff are constantly in contact with their pool via their PC, smart phones, and tablets, and receive instant alerts of any out of range conditions, allowing them to resolve the issue before it ever becomes one. Ken and the board used a very innovated approach to evaluate the alternatives, a very thorough job of researching the economics of the modernization and it led them to the team of CES (equipment & monitoring), Aquaworx (pre-plumbed packs), and expert construction by TC Water Features. Read more about this modernization.

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San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville
Chase Chenoweth, Director of Fitness & Aquatics
Interactive Chemistry Controls, Direct Control of GPM

  • Pumps savings: 30% (peak) 70% off peak
  • Electrical Savings: 13% over the entire fitness facility

Chase keeps very close tabs on his 243,000 outdoor pool, equipped with an earlier CES Hi-Rate sand filtration system and a 15 HP motor. San Jose CC has a thriving energy conservation program, and Chase wanted to contribute by trimming costs in his area without trimming amenities for patrons. They opted to take control over the entire equipment area with a BECSys5 with MCC-VFD and taking direct control of GPM. They kept meticulous bills, and even though the filtration system was not "overbuilt by much", the savings have been dramatic. Chase reports the during operational hours he dialed-in flow rate leading to a 30% reduction in pumping costs, and "off peak" he dialed in a DOH-approved flow rate which yields a 70% savings in normal pumping costs. He uses a detailed spreadsheet to show an overall "pool/fitness center" electrical savings of 13% (over the entire facility) which is very impressive as the air conditioning costs, number of days billed, and cost of power all increased significantly during the same time period. This is possible in part because the MCC-VFD reduces "demand charges" which in turn provides a lower cost of electricity applied to the entire organization. He used this very unique approach to get the system approved, and "advocates the installation of a MCC-VFD to all his peers".

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Century Village, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton
Dan Cruz, Regional Maintenance Director
Interactive Chemistry Controls, Direct Control of GPM, Digital Water Level Control & Consumption Monitoring

  • Electrical Savings: Most Pumps are operating between 27-48% of normal power
  • Water Savings: Immediately discovered and repaired several large pool leaks.
  • Labor Savings: Developed top flight pool operation while reducing staffing requirements
  • Chemical Savings: Upgrade to all-in-one Pulsar has trimmed overall chemical costs

A pioneering and highly publicized energy modernization, promoted in FCAP condominium industry journal article, was conducted by the forward thinking Cenville management company and progressive property Vice Presidents and Board of Directors in 3 different properties over the past few years. Electrical consumption has been reduced to as low as 27% of normal power with clean filters, water level is automatically maintained to precise levels, and water consumption is monitored. A flat screen in the maintenance office continually monitors and displays all parameters and alarms in real time, and staff is alerted of any out-of-range conditions via text & email alerts, so they can immediately handle. A while ago the staff was instantly alerted to a large and sudden pool leak that according to them: "would have cost them many thousands of dollars on a future water bill", and immediately corrected the situation. The all-in-one Pulsar chemical conversion helped reduce chemical handling and liability of large storage tanks, and has also helped streamline the chemical handling and operations.

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Other Customer Success Stories:

  • Phantom Energy Usage with large pump: 
    • This is a head scratcher, but a South Florida municipal pool installed a large 40HP MCC-VFD in tandem with a BECSys7 (which also automatically backwashed their sand filter-saving them about 16 labor hours a month). When starting up the MCC-VFD we noticed that the pump motor had a "nuance" and had been "over-amping" by 40 AMPS over it's rated load (probably for years). The facility electric bills were immediately reduced by well over $1,200 a month (which is way more than we had anticipated) but now it makes sense. Using industry-accepted electric calculations, we found that the "over amping" alone was costing them about $700 a month, and no one would have ever caught it without the continual AMP and kW display on the CES MCC-VFD. In only 5 years, this would have cost the municipality over $42,000 in unnecessary electric bills.
  • The Leak that Never Was:
    • A recent West Florida municipal modernization included a large 1,000 GPM DE to Sand filter upgrade, and a CES BECSys5 control system and MCC-VFD with water level control & consumption monitoring, along with direct control of the pool pump. They experienced the same savings detailed with the CES customers above, but something wasn't right. They had problems keeping chemicals in the pool, and complained. It looked like a leak to us, but were told that "we don't have a leak, period". Since the IT department wasn't planned to hook up communications for months, CES provided a PCD (Precision Communication Device) and implemented remote control, electronic log keeping, and alert notification that same day. The CES water meter sent an alarm that details the facility was going through 10,000 gallons a DAY !! or was getting a new 300,000 gallon pool every month. A leak detection company was called, and they repaired the leak for $1,200. Yikes.

Conclusion

CES Customers work hard at continually improving their facilities, and it's great to see them get accolades from their peers, boards of directors, industry magazines, and patrons for a job well done. Together we have competed thousands of highly successful DE to sand filtration systems, controls and saline conversions, heating and pool cover conversions, and more. Heck, we've even make Chlorine out of recycled pool water together. By talking with their peers and researching previous modernizations it has given customers the CONFIDENCE to promote these energy modernizations within their organizations WITHOUT RISK of failing. 

By using innovative "self-funding" plans, they can provide a (sometimes badly needed) upgrade to the mechanical package and let the power company, the gas company, and the water company pay for it. 

But, not every modernization works out as planned as the pool industry still has WAY TOO MANY failed residential-grade saline installations, bogus electrical savings that never occur for multiple reasons, and control system installation that promise the world but never deliver.... but it is good to know that this will NOT happen with our customers, and NOT on our watch.

Please join us in congratulating the customers above for a job well done, and we look forward to assisting in your long term modernization plans for years to come.

Top 10 Water Quality Control Trends Entering 2017

 

2016 was a wild and crazy year, and many are happy to see it gone. But it was a great year for the swimming pool industry, and here were some very solid new trends that developed, while some previous trends kept gaining momentum. Some trends and technologies dropped off the radar as well. Here is a quick look at the Top 10 Water Quality Control Trends entering 2017.

Self-funding Energy Modernizations:

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A strong #1 for last year, this gained even more momentum during 2016, mostly fueled by rising energy prices and the desire to "go green". Many major aquatic operations completed substantial self-funding energy modernizations in 2016. These are defined as mechanical improvements that save more money (in energy, labor, chemicals, water, and liability) on a monthly basis, than the monthly COST of the modernization based on borrowed money. Thus they earn the CES designation of being self-funding. Examples of successful implementations include:

  • Control & pumping conversions that are operating on major pools at an average of 42-65% power,
  • Packaged pool heating & pool cover conversions using Geothermal or 97% efficient Aquas heaters,
  • Saline modernizations with either CES ChlorKing "Chlor" units (pool is turned saline) or Nex-Gen (makes chlorine out of recycled pool water),
  • LED lighting conversions,
  • Hi-rate sand filtration conversion

Direct Sensing of PPM Levels in pool water

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Here is a technology that wasn't even on the radar several years ago, and now it's taking front stage. Before last year, PPM sensing was too expensive, way too flow dependent, and (in our eyes) too complicated (requiring annual changing of probe fluid, probe tips, etc.). As a result, not many of these were installed. Then came the new CES CP-1 sensor, housed in a new "lighted flow cell". The combination of these two not only made PPM sensing more accurate and forgiving, but also popular in larger installations. It also drove CES to come up with a very competitive MR3 PPM package for smaller pools and spas. 

When you monitor both ORP and PPM, a whole new world of water quality control becomes available, both on site and remotely. You can quickly predict pools that are going to have clarity issues, are going to gobble up chlorine, and are going to be unsafe very shortly. You can also activate our proprietary "bracketing" regimen that removes two nuances in ORP technology.

Remote control & Communications:

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Once again showing a huge increase in popularity, the technology that appeared to some as a gimmick when introduced in 1996 has emerged as the backbone of some of the biggest, smallest, highest profile, and lowest profile operations in Florida and the Caribbean. New for 2016 was an easier way to connect (through EZ Connect feature), 10-100 times faster speed, and a whole new list of alerts and reports at  your fingertips. All you need is access to a local Wifi signal or wired ethernet connection and you can seamlessly connect your equipment room via an ultra secure TLS protocol.

Customers are able to monitor and/or control chemistry, pumping systems, filtration, water consumption, heaters, saline, UV, and more from their PC, tablet, or smart phone. They're also keeping continuous electronic records of pool vital signs for the ultimate in liability avoidance. Finally, managers and their staff are receiving programmable and scripted text and email alerts in the event any major mechanical parameter falls outside their acceptable parameters.

The feedback from customers has been terrific. The cost savings and liability avoidance savings are huge. There are no monthly communication fees, and CES offers award-winning CyberSupport to help pinpoint and rapidly resolve previously-lingering nuances. If your IT department is too busy or hesitant to join the leading facilities in the region, then we can offer the PCD (Precision Communication Device) solution. This off-network wireless communications device, contracted on a temporary or permanent basis, is set up in minutes and funded via a nominal monthly access fee.

Taking more internal control over aquatic operations:

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A really strong showing over the past 3 years. We are seeing a marked reversal of the trends of the last decade, where some pool owners literally "handed the keys" to their pool operations to pool service or chemical companies. This is good news! As corporate control of the pool (with selective subcontracting) has proven to provide the best results over the past 35 years. Corporate control means that the overall game plan, DOH compliance, DOH-required record keeping, and ADA/VGB/OSHA/DLES certifications are being spearheaded in-house. These items pose a high liability and high exposure for your organization, and cannot or should not be subcontracted. CES supports your in-house programs with on-site operating training and technical support, DOH-required operator certification, monthly site assessments, and affordable PM programs for any mechanical equipment.

Monitoring, Controlling, and Saving Water -- Sensibly

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This technology received a bunch of new features for 2017. A growing trend over the past few years is to implement precise digital water level control, monitoring of auto-fill functions, and monitoring of overall water consumption on your pools and spas. These parameters can be monitored remotely, and when extreme water losses occur, your team will receive email and text alerts. So far these systems have uncovered several previously-undetected but severe leaks that would normally not have been discovered until a future multi-thousand dollar water bill is received. This feature is also a popular retrofit with existing BECSys5 and BECSys7 control systems. Our ultimate goal is to utilize only best practice use of water in pools and to avoid any excessive consumption.

New for 2017, you can now tell "how much" excess water is in your pool, how many inches need to be added, and there are terrific new interlocks with your filtration, UV, chemical feed systems and more.... one great reason why integrated control of water level and consumption makes the most sense. 

Direct control of circulating pumps via MCC-VFD

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New for 2017, Precision Control PFD packages now go all the way up to 100 HP. This technology, taking direct control of the pump flow (in GPM) via your CES control system, has become one of the more popular self funding modernizations with customers. Many customers are AVERAGING 42% of normal power by maintaining precise flow rate required by the DOH (Department of Health). Additional DOH-approved off-peak savings mode provides pumping cost of only 12.5% of normal power. The standard CES package also includes phase protection, surge protection, and a integral bypass switch so there is no down time and no risk. These devices definitely have help extend the life of pool and feature pumps.

The CES VFD solution for inexpensive pumps of 5 HP or less grew tremendously during 2016. The Precision PFD (Precision Flow Device) that provides an industrial grade UL-listed VFD in a water tight cabinet. It takes direct control of GPM, and displays volts, amps, KW, and electrical faults (like its big brother), but is provided without some of the additional features meant to protect larger and more expensive motors. The PFD comes in 2, 3 and 5 HP configurations and converts single phase power to highly efficient 3-phase motors.

Making your own Chlorine on Site:

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Once considered a fad, there are many examples of poorly-installed saline "wall ornaments" in the field making saline more suspect than ever in the eyes of many. But, CES industrial grade saline modernizations are over 10 years old and providing between 85-95% of our customers' annual chlorine needs depending on sizing and bathing load. New for 2016 - smaller, more efficient saline systems that costs less! That a trend! These systems maintain the salinity level in the pool water and make chlorine on demand from that saline solution. Many of the installations have been self-funding, and the average life of the replacement electrodes have averaged over 3 years, or 3-6 times the life of some residential-grade electrodes. Many systems were installed as the customer wanted soft and silky pool water, so the extreme chemical savings have been a great bonus!

For sites that do not want to add salt to the pool water, the skid-mounted Nex-Gen system uses the same basic technology to manufacture chlorine out of pool water. It is basically a small pre-plumbed Chlorine factory on a skid.

On-line inventory and order programs:

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We're all busy in our daily jobs, and sometimes you don't have time to call your CES rep during working hours. Also sometimes it's kind of a "science project" to remember which little parts go to each of your chlorinators, feeders, pumps, filters, etc. So the extremely popular CES web store combined the simplicity of 24/7 online ordering, with an inventory and order program that lets you know exactly the correct parts foe each of the devices on your pool site.

Simple log in (we'll link your web store to your CES account), click on the device you want to order parts for, and you'll see the list of recommended parts, with prices and (most) photos. Grab a pop and browse your inventory needs from the comfort of your home, anytime day or night. .

Is the CES store perfect/ Heck no!, but we're launching v2.0 that integrated some of your suggestions.

Clean your pool effortlessly for less than $10/day.

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2016 saw great new features for the Enduro-TurboClean system and lots of momentum. The value of robotically vacuuming your pool cannot be questioned, as manual vacuuming is a pain in the neck and expensive too. The problem had been finding a reliable robot that you can keep on the pool deck, and keep out of the shop. The Enduro-Turbo Clean has been gaining popularity since its introduction a 4 years ago. The on-site bumper to bumper preventive maintenance and warranty administration plan is UNIQUE in the pool industry, as the vacuum literally NEVER leaves your pool deck. We are improving our service program on a daily basis as we conquer new challenges one at a time, and there is a bright future for hassle-free pool cleaning. New "Pay-as-you-Clean" plans allow you a guaranteed pool cleaning solution starting at under $300 a month, and customers have told us that there is no way to clean a pool manually for that amount.

UV and Ozone - New tools to fight Legionella and Crypto Scares:

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New for 2016, many hotels are now acknowledging Legionella as a persistent hot tub issue and have installed UV to help protect themselves. Although both Ozone and UV systems have been around for a long time, they are gaining popularity as supplemental treatment for chlorinated pools. UV provides full flow single pass treatment for chloramines, and some models are EPA certified for single pass remove of Crypto, but are not designed to save a lot of money on Chlorine. Ozone provides tremendous oxidation on overloaded pools, along with more substantial Chlorine savings, and is also gaining popularity on high end residential "chlorine free" pools. Both Ozone and UV require systematic maintenance, so do not consider installing unless you are going to make a commitment to maintain on an semi-annual or annual basis.

What's ahead in 2017?:

We have a few surprises in store for you in 2017, and they include great new tools to keep you in touch with your pool, new pool cleaning options, great new filtration options, and more. . We will also be implementing advances in preventive maintenance, on-site service, remote monitoring, electronic water testing, robotic vacuums, and more.

Stay tuned.

Thanks again for your business in 2016. 2017 is going to be a lot of fun.

New Pulsar CRS additive helps remove 99% of Crypto

 

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Hot off the press!

New 2106 upgrades to Pulsar CRS™ Crypto Removal System helps make Pulsar the only chemical feed system that combines reliable all-in-one chlorination*, with proven Crypto Removal Regimen. Actually this is quite cool when you think about it.... a chlorinator system that addresses Crypto issues.

*(Pulsar provides the Chlorine, Calcium, Bicarb, and stain prevention in one simple-to-use tablet, while using about 1/10 the muriatic acid of a normal bleach system). Easier, cheaper, better.

What is CRS™ ?

Pulsar CRS™ is a safe, easy to ship & store, and easy-to-apply specialty chemical that helps fine-tune a filter system filtration all the way down to 2-microns. It is an integral part of the Pulsar Chemical Treatment System -- a customer favorite at CES for over 20 years. An independent study shows that CRS™ treatment helps trap up to 99% of the cryptosporidium-sized particles on the sand bed. At the same time it helps clarify the water to improve overall water quality.

But, do we really need to be concerned with Crypto? The answer is YES. Here is a chart of Recreational Waterborne outbreaks (also known as RWI - Recreational Water Illnesses) in Florida from 1994 to 2015.  It shows that 2014 was the worst year on record with 141 cases.

Think it couldn't happen to you? Think again. In reality, your pool could be one little Code Brown accident away from a nasty outbreak. But there are steps that  you can take to protect yourself, read on.

 

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How to put CRS to work for you!

Putting CRS to work for you is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3. While you could always simply pick up a 5-gallon pail of CRS™ and manually dose the chemical, our experience has been that manual treatments are inefficient and most often get overlooked. The best way to upgrade to the safety and spectacular water quality of a CRS™ system is to feed it automatically... only at the specific times, and only in the specific doses to give the maximum effect.

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  • Step 1: Upgrade your chemical treatment system to a new-style Pulsar Feeder: The Pulsar models 45, 140, and 500 were introduced a few years ago and are different from the feeders we've used for over 20 years. These are equipped with a Pulsar Control System that operates the feed cycles, wash down cycles, booster pump programming (for energy savings), and now... much more. The CRS™ system becomes an integral part of the Pulsar system with some minor enhancements.
    • Can't afford a new chlorinator... don't worry. New CES programs allow you to pay for the upgrade out of a few dollars per pail, with NO money out of pocket. This has become a very popular alternative in today's turbulent budgeting times. 
  • Step 2: Install the CRS™ upgrade package: This affordable package (Part # BN 79620) connects directly to the Pulsar Controller and monitors when and how much CRS™ to feed in order to comply with protocol that provides 99% results. It knows when you backwash, knows how much CRS™ to add, how long to add it for, and controls the entire operation for predictable results.
  • Step 3: Activate CRS™ during a Code Brown event: Anytime you get a Code Brown event, you merely need to press a single (Code Brown) button on the face panel of the Pulsar Controller and it takes over. It will instantly calculate how much CRS™ to feed, and will dispense accordingly. (Note: you still need to follow the CDC guidelines for treating RWI's whether or not you use the CRS™ program.

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New developments make CRS™ very easy to install and apply.

The new CRS™ kit, which is easily installed by CES technicians, handles all aspect of a successful CRS™ application without any risk. It provides two separate connections between the controller and feeder, and requires some simple programming to assure that the proper pool parameters are in place. That's it. Please feel free to contact your CES rep for more information or technical assistance. As mentioned above, this seamless CRS™ interface is only currently available with the new line of Pulsar Feeders.

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Conclusions

Crypto is a serious issue in the operation of a modern pool, spa, or water park. It is not to be taken lightly. To think that adding a relatively inexpensive CRS additive to the filter bed is your 100% answer is a complete oversimplification of the overall answer to this complex issue.

That being said, CRS is an affordable step forward for the many thousands of facilities that are currently not taking ANY additional steps toward addressing the Crypto issue. In case of a Crypto incident the CRS user would be able to demonstrate that they took additional steps to assure that the pool or spa was as safe as possible.

Please contact your CES rep with any questions or comments.   

Additional Notes & Reference info:

About Crypto
Cryptosporidium (Crypto) is a germ (chlorine-resistant protozoan parasite) that causes diarrhea, serious illnesses, or can even be fatal to those with weakened immune systems. It is responsible for over 80% of the waterbourne disease outbreaks in US swimming pools. It has a tough outer shell, and recent research has shown that it can live up to 10 days in a properly chlorinated (code-approved) pool with 1 PPM of free chlorine.

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Casual Crypto ?? Potential for widespread outbreaks
While it can take up to 10 days to inactivate 99.9% of the Crypto oocysts in chlorinated pool water, the problem is that many people can swim in the infected pool during those 10 days. Detection is not instantaneous as the symptoms generally begin between 2-10 days after getting infected, and can last for two weeks. During that time, these bathers could even visit other facilities and spread the disease to other unsuspecting patrons. An individual may still pass the organism for up to two months after infection. There was a 2007 (swimming pool related) Crypto outbreak in Utah that resulted in over 1,900 confirmed cases. We are told that it was spread from facility to facility by unknowingly infected bathers.

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Can you tell when Crypto is introduced into your pool? Think again.
While some fecal accidents (Code Browns) can mark an obvious potential source of crypto, introduction of crypto oocysts into pool water can be occurring in your pool on a daily basis relatively unnoticed. Many people remember the pool-clearing fecal accident in the movie “Caddyshack”, and some facilities deal with similar accidents occasionally...but minor diarrhea discharges can be less obvious and difficult to detect. Those minor discharges can be infinitely more dangerous than the “Caddyshack” version, since the loose stool condition often could be due to one of the infectious germs. Some authorities refer to potential for almost daily introduction of low levels of oocysts from “bad paperwork” from patrons -- young and old alike.

 

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Filtration of Crypto-size particles.
Filtration alternatives for Crypto have been around for years. Since the late 1980’s CES has worked with with EPD Drinking Water filters that were tested and were EPA-approved in the field for single pass removal of Crypto-size particles under the Surface Water Treatment Rule (SWTR). These systems required special media in approved filters, effluent turbidity monitors, and an EPA-approved polymer additive. While in use in quite a few pools in Florida, needless to say, these system were more costly than standard sand filters in new construction....and quite costly on a retrofit basis.

Some other technologies (DE filters, etc.) claim to capture Crypto but their claims are completely unsubstantiated as a filter in the field, or after a filter bump, and operating conditions are much different than a laboratory claim or paragraph on a brochure. In the field, a DE filter is only as good as the barest spot on the DE grid, so any claims without the backing of certified test results are nothing more that hot air.

Additional notes on Prevention
The CDC, Florida DOH, and others have prepared great outlines for prevention of contamination following a fecal accident. These excerpts are considered “best practices” for all Florida facilities:

Good Hygiene: Require all bathers to shower (warm water and soap) before using the pool. Have adults wash hands with soap and water after changing diapers or going to the bathroom.
Have a written fecal accident policy: All employees should be trained and should sign off on this training. Encourage frequent bathroom breaks, and make bathrooms clean and accessible.
Give staff specialty training: Train staff to observe and report signs of illnesses (abdominal cramps, diarrhea) that could lead to Crypto outbreaks.
Use proper swim diapers: Have all diaper-aged children have high-quality swim diaper with elastic around waist and legs.
Monitor Treatment System: Make sure that the circulation flow is per DOH standards, and that the treatment system is maintaining proper levels (1-3 PPM Pools, 2-4 PPM Spas & wading pools),
Encourage “do not swallow pool water” policy: Teach toddlers and children not to swallow pool water. Reinforce with signage and staff training.

Special Offer
Take advantage of a special manufacturer’s promotion. Sign up for any CRS program by January 31st and receive a special discount, and a “Crypto Happens” T-Shirt.

Remember, implementing a CRS program in your facility makes a statement that you and your staff are taking extra precautions to protect your patrons from undue risks.

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