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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.

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.

 

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.

10 Years of Commercial Saline - What Have We Learned?

 

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Commercial Saline Chlorination in Florida turned 10 years old this year, and we’ve been asked to reflect and compare notes on the positive and negative aspects of this controversial technology. Sure, residential saline chlorination has been around for many years prior 2006, and it has finally achieved continued success after failed product launches of past decades. But commercial installations, on the other hand, have until recently met with mixed success at best.

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In the eyes of many TRUE commercial saline wasn’t born the US until around 2006, when ChlorKing relocated to Atlanta from South Africa. Before that, commercial systems were made from individual residential cells – ganged together in a manifold. These early systems, as they are still configured today, have experienced an overwhelming percentage of failures. Not every one fails, but such a large percentage that the industry was never really able to gain traction.

CES joined forces with ChlorKing a few years after their US introduction, and have found great success in providing truly commercial installations. Sure, there have been quite a few bumps in the road, as with all technologies, (many say that it is the pioneers that get arrows in their backs), but we are proud to say that many of the issues over the years have been fully conquered, and there are proven solutions for many known maladies.

Here are a couple of observations:

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  • Many saline system installations were installed illegally.
    • Installing a saline system on a commercial pool constitutes a modification and as such requires pre-approval from Department of Health (DOH). Many systems we have found (and even replaced) were never registered, were illegal, and thus placed a huge liability on the facility. With CES, we register every new installation (and those re-do's that weren't already registered), as it is in the best long term interest of all involved. Thanks for your patience because it is often a drawn out administrative process.
  • Many saline installations can be self-funding:
    • In many installations, the saline system will pay its own way out of savings in labor, chemicals, liability, and maintenance. We now have the luxury of looking at 10 years of data, and seeing this pattern repeat itself over and over again. There are some times when pool or site-related hiccups have slowed down the payback, but these are part of the "process" described below. Overall, the track record has been great, and there has been little risk in going saline with CES, which CANNOT be said for Commercial Saline as a whole.

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  • Many customers get it right the 2nd time around:
    • CES has replaced hundreds of failed residential-type system that were installed on commercial pools. It appears that many of these clients KNEW they wanted saline, even though the first go-round wasn’t successful. Those that replaced with a true commercial system have enjoyed good success.
  • Buyers sometimes don’t check references:
    • Some condos and hotels made huge investments in saline systems that failed without first checking references. This probably led to some embarrassing moments for board members and managers. Checking references is a GOOD thing, and we invite customers to look around before investing in saline. It seems prudent not only to check recent installations, but to check with existing customers for long-time installation and to get a realistic idea of the type of long term care the system might require.

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  • Pool Bonding is very important:
    • Pools are required to be connected to an equipotential bond by code. This helps prevent stray currents and mitigate bad electrical stuff including electrocution. Saline increases the conductivity levels in pools – about as much as using a bleach system – and can increase corrosion to un-bonded equipment such as ladders, rails, pool lights, etc. Properly bonded items have not been affected. So if your ladders and rails are not bonded, they will probably get damaged. This is easy to check prior to installation, but some sites had to get their electrician back on site to get the pool back up to code.
  • Saline and ORP controls can sometimes be incompatible:
    • Poorly bonded pools can have high stray currents, much higher that the National Electrical Code’s threshold of 200 mV. When adding saline on some poorly bonded (and illegal) pools, the normally rock-solid ORP system (which is controlling via mV signals) can get confused with all the new voltage interferences. This form of Russian Roulette happens about once every 50 pools and is almost impossible to predict – although older unbonded pools are in the high risk group. Fixing this issue becomes a science project for CES, but we are glad to report that we have slayed every dragon we have encountered so far, some by reducing the stray current, and others by finding a different method of controls. Good thing that CES’s affordable direct reading PPM sensor works great in the most severe cases.

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  • Crazy Expectations from owners:
    • Some owners were given unrealistic expectations from the start and the systems were doomed for failure. “… I know what your neighbor’s pool company told you Mr. Jones, but NO, a 2-lb residential system WON’T handle 100% of a busy commercial pool – when DOH requires 14.4 lbs as a stand alone.” After interviewing many hundreds of managers and pool companies on their experience with Saline, it’s no wonder why many systems fail when they are totally undersized, and the owners are given unrealistic expectations.
  • Saline is still Chlorine:
    • What do you do when a customer’s first words are: “We want to go saline because we don’t want to use Chlorine.” Saline Chlorination is similar to setting up a Chlorine Factory in your equipment room, so you’re just making chlorine, not buying and storing it. Education is the key with many potential saline customers that were being led down the wrong path.
  • Controlling Salinity is very important:
    • Keeping track of the pool water salinity is a lot more difficult than many thought it would be…. and much more critical than originally thought. If the pool water salinity is low, the system doesn’t make as much (or any) Chlorine, and the cells self-destruct from the inside out. Rain, backwash water replacement, and leaks all contribute to loss of salinity, and your poor maintenance team has a little chance of staying on top of the readings, adding bags of salt, and brushing until dissolved. That is why EVERY CES system comes with automatic salinity control.

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  • Good cells are lasting 3-4 years on average:
    • We’re happy to report that while some cells last less, and some more, the average cell life has been just over 3 years or 15,000-hours. This is great especially compared that most residential cells were lasting 6-12 months according to their former owners. There are some items that increase cell run time (and decrease cell life), like chlorine demand and phosphates (more below), and unfortunately we can’t monitor these if we’re not on site periodically. Increasing cell stack life is one main reason we like to conduct annual PM services. 
  • Bad Site Power still can be detrimental:
    • Besides the periodic replacement of the reaction cell, the overall lifespan of the rest of the beefy electronic water cooled components has been as good as advertised. However, we have seen that bad site power, that wreaks havoc on pumps motors, VFD controls, etc. can occasionally have a bad effect on saline controls. Fortunately we now have the experience to predict sites where the power from the power company might be a problem, and to help the owner act more decisively before the power company beats the equipment into a state of disrepair.
  • Watch ALL water quality:
    • Some rookie pool companies have convinced customers that once they "go saline" that they don't need to monitor other water parameters. This is WRONG. A site must still maintain proper calcium and alkalinity levels and assure that the water is not scaling or corrosive, and it is also critical to take direct control of pH on a 24/7 basis. Finally, it is critical to monitor other sources of pool water pollution, such as phosphates, metals, and oils/organics as these can have an effect on overall water quality, and may affect your saline factory in various ways.

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  • Chlorine Demand is a huge enemy of saline:
    • Whenever water quality deteriorates, even for a day or two, it lowers the rate of oxidation (and ORP). The saline system will run longer to provide chlorine that will just be absorbed by the demand, not allowing the water to achieve a chlorine "residual". This longer run time means shorter cell life. BUT, if the site had been using regular chlorine (bleach or tablets) they would have been paying exponentially higher chlorine costs anyway so this really hasn't affected the economics of saline. The secret is to be able to react quickly when a "chlorine demand" situation affects your site. Fortunately we have the experience and the process to handle this quickly.

Conclusion:

What have we learned over the first 10 years? Saline is awesome, and customers seem to love it both in the beginning, and even 10 years later It will last many many years with relatively minor maintenance, but periodic review and maintenance is KEY to preventing premature cell loss. Saline may be blamed for some pool maladies like corrosion etc. but pools that are built and operated legally have few issues. Saline is not for everyone, but it has been used in many hundreds of varied situations with great results so really anyone can use it.

But proper use of saline is a process. It's not really complicated or difficult, but it's a process. It is many times tougher for CES, but easier for the customer, and as long as there is great communication, there are great successes.

Finally, as with all technologies, there are going to be issues. While many technologies fizzled out in a few years under the weight of these issues, we are happy to report that Commercial Saline is going strong in Florida and customers are visiting existing installations and deciding to Go Saline on their properties. We're glad to help, but we also know that behind some new installations lie new challenges and we are ready to continue to identify and resolve.

There is little risk with going Saline as long as you follow the time-tested CES process, and we're ready to assist when you're ready to jump into the world of self-funding mineral pools.

 

 

CES controllers get great new features for 2016, prices stay the same !

 

We are proud to announce that most CES control systems will receive two major upgrades for the 2016 pool season at the same price. Specifically they are: Lighted flow cell and GBit Ethernet Card with EZ Connect.

Both these have been in development for a couple of years and bring leading-edge tried and proven performance to your pool equipment room. So, effective immediately, all Precision Control MR3, BECSys3, BECSys5 and BECSys7 controllers will come equipped with the lighted flow cell, and all pertinent communicating controllers will be equipped with the GBit Card.

Here's more info on both of these great innovations: 

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Lighted Flow Cell:

A flow cell provides a stable environment for the sensors to read accurately, and to live a long life. Cheap flow cells can give lots of false readings, and can rob the life out of probes, both of which will cost you lots of money in the short and long term.

This new flow cell comes in two varieties... and here are the main features:

  • ORP/pH/Flow Switch chamber on the left which comes with EVERY CES control system, this is made of a solid machined composite with specially designed flow chambers to provide the most accurate readings ever.
  • New visual safety flow switch helps verify proper flow at a glance with no guesswork.
  • LED lighting system which tells you all is OK with a blue LED, or turns RED with any issues with flow, etc.
  • Optional CP-1 PPM Sensor chamber that connects to the right hand side of the flow cell. This give you ultra accurate and reliable direct PPM reading 24/7, and works seamlessly with the ORP sensor to provide a proprietary checks & balance system to water chemistry control. The CP-1 can be added during initial installation, or at any time in the future.
  • Flow indicator gauge, Temperature Sensor, pressure adjustment valve, isolation valves, and a labcock for your chemical readings. 

 

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Gigabit (GBit) Ethernet Board with EZ Connect.

OK, bear with us a minute while we go through the features.... but this is one of the most revolutionary innovations in today's IT world, and was featured in the 2016 IEEE conference on Cloud Engineering in Berlin. What is it ?

  • Fast internet connections of 1000mbps, compared to 10mbps for standard ethernet, or 100mbps for "fast" ethernet, so weeks of data downloads move in seconds.
  • Secure: it is the ONLY aquatic communications device with TLS encryption, controller access codes, manager controlled authentication, proprietary unpublished language, and custom designed applications. What does that mean. Your IT team will love the security and you know that common internet hackers don't stand a chance with your valuable data.
  • Hassle Free set up: No need to beg with the IT department for connections. You merely hook up to a wifi signal or Cat5 connection, and your controller seeks a proprietary secure network and connects you to your equipment room.
  • Works with BECSys for Windows, BECSysNOW for smart phone and tablet. Just load the apps, enter the authentication code and you're connected.
  • There's more: GBit has over 1  year of on-board data storage, USB port for easy authorized downloads and new firmware uploads, and great HTML graphics for alert notification messages.

 

Lighted flow cells and GBit Communications are awesome, and they're also yours with every new participating 2016 CES control system. They also can be upgraded to many of your existing CES control going all the way back to 1996.

Contact your CES Rep for more information on these great innovations, and we look forward to helping you provide "Excellence in Water Quality Control" for years to come.

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