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CES PPM Sensing 3-years later Revolutionizing the Industry

Don't get us wrong, we love ORP. CES teaches approved ORP classes to Health Departments, Pool Companies, and Building Managers, but the pool industry had long been searching for reliable Chlorine Readings (in direct PPM) too. PPM sensors had been around for years, but they were expensive and somewhat quirky.

3 years ago we started implementing the new CP-1 sensor, which reads direct Chlorine levels, and NOT the kill power of Chlorine (AKA ORP). It was a lot more affordable than previous alternatives, not quirky, and the results were great. It’s really a simple wire with a twist - literally. We installed in Cruise Ships with rave reviews from operators and regulators - replacing competitive sensors with not-so-rave reviews. Then we launched to all CES customers in June 2015.

Besides being simple, accurate, and easier to install, the CP1 also does not need periodic replacement of membrane and/or gel. It also maintains more accurate Chlorine readings across a wider range of flows and pressures. The new flow cell includes a great new flow switch and the LED package changes color in the event of a flow-related issue.

Then we launched the MR3 in 2016, which brought affordable PPM sensing to smaller pools. All MR3’s were equipped with the new flow cell so that the CP-1 sensor could be added at any time.

The CP-1 sensor has already lasted 3 times longer than traditional PPM sensors, and we are very happy to announce that they don’t appear to be wearing out anytime soon.

Contact your CES rep for more information on the CP-1 sensor, and find out if it can assist you in providing water quality control for patrons and guests.

DSBM™ Feature turns 10-years old, could it work for you?

10 years ago we developed a special program in ALL of our control systems that changed the way that treatment systems are handled. It is in every CES controller including the one on your site, but may not be being used. Should it? Dual Setpoint Booster Mode (DSBM™) is a unique program that seamlessly switches back and forth between a primary feeder, and a back-up or redundant feeder.

What are some of the applications? The most common one is on saline systems, where the saline chlorinator can be placed on a primary role to hold the required ORP in the pool, but will switch to a redundant feeder as the bather load exceeds the capacity of the system. This assures that the pool NEVER drops below the DOH-required 700 mV ORP requirement, or that the Chlorine never goes low. Other good applications include having a chlorine or bromine feeder backing up an ozone or UV system to make the pool as “non-chlorine” as possible while still adhering to the DOH requirements. Others have even used DSBM to have a redundant bleach feeder kick in whenever the bathing load gets too crazy for their normal feeder. All this is done to avoid issues and to provide better compliance with DOH codes.

But DSBM™ is just one of the many features that can be used to help you save time and money, or reduce liability. In any event, maybe its time to take a quick look at your CES control system to see if you are taking advantage of all the available features. Maybe a quick “chip change”, simple programming, or addition of a communication device or sensor can open up a whole new world of benefits.

Contact your CES rep to get more information or to schedule a quick site review to see if DSBM™ or other features can help you improve your operations.

Pool is getting a bit tired? Quick tips that can help.

6 weeks since Memorial Day opening? By this time many pools are suffering from the mid-summer blues. Here are a few warning signs and some quick tips to help you along.

#1 Chemical Consumption too high? A lot of summertime rain can quickly dilute your stabilizer levels leaving your pool chlorine exposed to the hot summer sun. Your pool consumption could grow exponentially up to double or triple of normal levels.
Tip #1: Perform stabilizer testing weekly (normally monthly) and make minor corrections to protect your chlorine investment. Tip #2: To get the stabilizer in the water quicker and assure that it won’t be vacuumed to waste (waiting to dissolve), use the CES quick dissolve stabilizer.

#2 Water Clarity Suffering? If the water is looking tired or hazy, and the ORP is dropping it might be time for quick help. Tip #1: If it takes more than 2.5 PPM to achieve 700 mV it’s time to shock the pool. Instead of using chlorine, use the Purolyte high-powered non-chlorine shock. Call your CES rep for a quick “true shock” dosage chart, and follow the directions. You’ll save lots of chlorine and see the ORP rise again. Tip #2: Check for pollution from phosphates and organics. Take a phosphate test and treat if you are over 1,000 PPB using our ultra concentrated CPR formula. If you have an oily feel or smelly water consider using an Amino Acid Digester to lower the organics. Remember Chlorine is necessary, but very limited in its ability to handle the entire work load - no matter how well you run the pool.

#3 Algae starting to bloom? If your ORP runs too low, algae can get a foothold. A quick TrueShock will help remove black or green algae, and keeping the phosphate and organics under control are key as well. Make sure that your service company doesn’t raise stabilizer too HIGH, and follow the new CDC guidelines for proper stabilization.

Contact your CES rep for more information or Contact CES Service for a proactive tune up at the first sign of trouble.

DOH Clarification on Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and pool fences.

We recently taught a pool management class for a group of terrific property managers, and they had some questions we couldn’t answer, and we promised to get back them with more information, so here goes.

Are ADA Service Animals allowed on the deck of a Public Swimming Pool, how about in the water? The new July 20, 2016 code set the record straight on service animals and stated that: Individuals with a disability and service animal trainers may be accompanied by a service animal, but the service animal is not allowed to enter the pool, or the drained area of an interactive water feature.

How about ESA “Emotional Support Animals”? The DOH code views ESA’s as plain animals and are not allowed on the pool deck or in the water.

There are several pools that do not have fences, gates, or any protection for children entering the pool or pool area. Are these allowed? If yes, why? The 2004 state code for public pools first required fences for all new pool applications starting on May 27, 2004. So every one of those pools is required to have a proper barrier. Pools built before 2004 are grandfathered in, unless the city or county had an ordinance before those dates.

Please let us know if we can provide any additional information or assistance in any way. If your organization would like formal training on a wide variety of pool topicss (along with CE Credits, please check out the available courses, and contact us to discuss or schedule.

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!

Good things come to those who work hard and in this case… work smart.

Read how the Barron family researched some of the most successful swim schools in the US, went to the drawing board and designed a ground-up school using the best of the best, and built one of the most modern swim school operations in the US. Who says good things don’t happen to good people.

Contact your CES rep for more information on putting together a successful swim school.

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