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INDUSTRYCALLSFORCOMMON
SENSEAPPROACHTOCHEMICALS
The UK’s pool industry
is calling for a common
sense approach to the
debate about the best
and most reliable ways
of ensuring safe water
for bathers. Domestic
and commercial owners
face a choice of
standard chlorine based
products or a growing
range of chemical free
products, some of
which are considered to
offer a similar standard
of water quality
T
he standard of water quality is one chemical control equipment specialists extra protection against infection, and may
of the most important challenges Topline, the country’s only manufacturer of reduce pollution, allowing the pool to run
facing the specialist industry, and chemical control equipment, on-site chlorine safely with lower chlorine residuals,” says
although the majority of pool generation equipment and UV systems. Guthrie, who also adds that there are
owners and operators are well aware that “Chemicals have proven results,” says other, surprisingly simple methods that can
water needs to be carefully checked and Baulcombe. “There is a lot of non- help to improve pool water quality without
monitored for safety reasons, more can traditional treatment emerging onto the spending money, such as asking bathers to
always be done to prioritise the issue. market. These still have questions shower before they swim.
That is the background of a growing surrounding them, and very few are Aquafinesse is a water additive that is
number of views within the pool and spa endorsed by PWTAG, SPATA or any of the described by its makers as environmentally-
industry calling for a more balanced view other recognised bodies in the industry.” friendly. Requiring one treatment a week,
on how to get the message out to ensure The company also supplies a low pressure the system is simple to use and works by
high quality water. UV system, which does not replace the breaking down and removing harsh
“It’s the secret for the industry to flourish,” need for chlorine, but can be used chemicals in the water. According to Sally
said one specialist company manager. “I alongside it to provide an even stronger Koob the product can help people who
don’t think there is a lot of conflict out there. defence against bacteria. were previously unable to use their hot tub
I believe that the chlorine based products Brian Guthrie Technical Secretary of Pool or pool, and some customers have reported
have the momentum but we must continue Water Treatment Advisory Group, a non- a positive effect on skin conditions such as
to look at alternatives as that’s where the commercial organisation that has been in dermatitis and eczema. The system works
consumer will be looking in the future. I think existence since 1984 said: “We have yet to by eradicating the biofilm that can protect
we have a good record of top products and be convinced by claims that it is possible to bacteria, leaving them unable to grow and
we need to get a message out.” run a public pool safely without a chlorine multiply, and in addition, it softens the
Many favour a traditional approach, that or bromine residual. Certainly we have seen water by eliminating calcium and scale
chemicals such as chlorine and bromine offer no good evidence that ions, magnets or build-up within the tub’s working parts.
the most reliable method of ensuring safe anything else will provide that protection.” When used in conjunction with an ozone or
water for bathers. However, a number of PWTAG also considers that there may be silver ion system, Aquafinesse considers that
alternative, often chemical-free products are a place for some other methods, but only no additional sanitisers are needed.
now available, some of which are believed as an additional extra alongside a standard Another popular alternative is PoolSan, a
to offer a similar standard of water quality. chemical treatment. “The use of chlorine-free water additive that is
Martin Baulcombe is Sales Manager at alternatives such as UV or ozone gives an hypoallergenic and non-corrosive. Ian
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