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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.

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.

Special CES variance streamlines installation of supplemental UV

Many organizations are turning to UV (Ultraviolet) treatment systems to remove chloramine odors, or give them an extra layer of protection against nasty organisms like legionella. These systems offer a strong non-Chlorine treatment of the full flow of pool water, thus making it an effective solution. They require very little maintenance with periodic cleaning along with a simple lamp change every 13,000 hours. They are also quite affordable.

What is the problem? Currently the DOH code requires that all supplemental UV systems receive a special variance from the Governor’s Variance Board which meets in Orlando every other month. The application process takes paperwork, time, and money.

We are proud to announce that CES recently received a special statewide variance by DOH to install any one of our 9 Sentry UV units as supplemental treatment in pools and spas WITHOUT requiring a variance. Good Stuff, huh?

Learn more about how UV technology can help resolve your indoor pool chlorine (chloramine) odor issues, and can help bulletproof your organization against harmful organisms such as Legionella, etc.

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