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dependence on chlorine based products
but markets a leading range in non- UV BENEFITS IF YOU
chlorine alternatives, most notably MANAGE OR OWN A POOL
peroxide based systems under the Effective against chlorine resistant
Aquablanc name. microorganisms such as
“Some people just can’t use it Cryptosporidium
(chlorine) so there has to be some Breaks down chloramines and other
alternatives. I’m not aware that those organics
people are growing in number. I think Cannot be overdosed and is fully
they have always been there. I think it is automatic
important however that the alternative Improves water quality, reducing
options are subjected to the same the necessity for backwashes
degree of critical and analytical testing Reduces the need of ‘Shock
that chlorine has had to go through. I Treatments’ to combat combined
think this is important to guarantee we chlorine levels
have good alternative products which Can be adapted to suit bather load
are viable and have the correct Lower capital and running costs
product structure.” compared to Ozone
The split, said Mark is still 90%
chlorine to 10% chlorine alternatives UV BENEFITS IF YOU SWIM
when it comes to what is being sold IN A POOL
in the market. Safer and more pleasant water
His view about the efficacy on non- environments
N chlorine products was supported Clearer, bright and sparkling water
recently by Howard Gosling from Fresh, clean air with reduced
SPATA went he said his committee was chlorine smell
not ‘stick in the mud’s’. Eliminates ‘Red Eye’ and skin
“I believe that the manufacturers of such irritations by reducing chloramines
‘chlorine free’ products must prove the
effectiveness against the protocol. It would
be wrong for the SPATA Technical
Committee to go against the advice of the protection of human health and the
Pure Water Technical Advisory Group environment through the better and earlier
CONFERENCE FOCUS experts especially when one considers the identification of the intrinsic properties of
danger of legionella and the Health and chemical substances. At the same time,
Safety Executive’s comment that deaths innovative capability and competitiveness
The draft programme for the from this bacteria may result in prosecution.” of the EU chemicals industry should be
Swimming Pool and Spa International Next year could see a major change in enhanced. The benefits of the REACH
Conference being held in London next the way REACH, the new European system will come gradually, as more and
March reflects the importance of water Community Regulation on chemicals and more substances are phased into and out
quality within the industry. Subjects their safe use considers swimming pool of REACH.
highlighted include: chemicals. The use of chlorine is known to be “on
A policy meeting is due to report later the agenda“ of both the EU and the World
INFECTIONS ASSOCIATED this year on a continuing trend against Health Organisation and the indications
WITH POOLS AND SPAS high uses of chlorine in pools. It is thought are that the new body will flex its muscles
Mycobacterial infections to support more research into chlorine later this year.
Amoebae alternatives and to provide access for “There is no concern about being anti
Legionella funding for any safer options. chlorine and REACH has to look at things
Outbreaks REACH deals with the Registration, over a longer period but it is safe to say
Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of that natural alternatives, even those which
HEALTH IMPACT OF Chemical substances. The new law came may need a chlorine boost are more likely
DISINFECTANT BREAKDOWN into force on 1 June 2007. to be favoured over the next five years,”
PRODUCTS The aim of REACH is to improve the said an EU statement. spn
Child health and swimming
Swimming and pregnancy
Risk assessment
Toxicology of disinfectant by-
Optimising air quality Thehead2head
Improvements in filtration
Design, health and control
Pool microbiology UV destroys pollutants r
Particle counting and water quality
Alternative treatments
Developments in poolside testing
The event is being held from 17-20
March at the Royal College of
Physicians, London NW1.
eleasing Chlorine can produce by-products,
free chlorine back to pool which build up in water and in the
UV acts straight away. Only low Chlorine can be a slower acting
level chlorine residuals are needed disinfectant, unless concentrations
are higher
UV is cheaper by releasing the Chlorine is still the favoured
combined chlorine oxidising agent even in UV systems
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