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BRITISH SWIMMING POOL FEDERATION
CONFERENCE
REPORT
SPATA says chlorine free products
“NEED TO PROVE THEMSELVES”
hlorine free products have to “I would go as far as to suggest for
C
prove themselves in the market SPATA, or BISHTA for that matter, to stray
place and against industry from that line would be foolish in the
protocol – that’s the view of the extreme as we would only need one death
SPATA technical review committee. due to the build up of harmful bacteria etc
Howard Gosling said that PWTAG (Pure in pool or spa water for the doors to be
Water Treatment Advisory Group) has opened to a law suit.
been clear and remains so that there must “However that does not mean that we
be an oxidising residual disinfectant in the are ‘stick in the mud’s’ I believe that the
pool water. manufacturers of such ‘chlorine free’ HEAT LOSS ‘DIFFICULT
He told the conference; ”There has products must prove the effectiveness
TO QUANTIFY’
recently been a proposal to write a against the protocol.”
protocol of testing that would have to be He referred to the Swimming Pool and Should pool shells be insulated to save
carried out in a laboratory initially before Spa International Conference held at the energy costs?
any subsequent ‘field trials’ in order to Royal College of Physicians in London from Peter Land, Chairman of SPATA’s
demonstrate the performance of an 17-20 March 2009. The conference is the technical review committee said it has
alternative disinfectant. We have been third in the series and follows on from long been accepted that the majority of
invited to join in writing this protocol. Conferences in Munich and Budapest with heat loss from a swimming pool is
“It has always been accepted that speakers from all over the world through the surface of the water and to
neither ozone nor UV can be used without presenting the latest research. put some form of cover over the water
a residual oxidising disinfectant. “Chlorine suffers a bad press and will save a considerable amount of heat.
“The official unqualified advice of PWTAG people forget that it is only due to the “SPATA part funded research at the
is that, with these so called ‘alternative chlorination of drinking water, just over a Building Research Establishment to look
treatments’, a residual oxidising disinfectant century ago, that we have eliminated into the question. The results indicated
should always be present in the water as well. cholera from the UK. that covering of the water to prevent
“In the case of SPATA and BISHTA “We need to change British attitudes; cooling by conduction and particularly
Standards, a residual disinfectant is pre-swim toilet and shower, preferably evaporation was indeed the major
chlorine or bromine based products or a nude showering, to wash those parts of source of heat retention.
Polymeric biguanide. the body which cannot be washed with a “It also found that savings could be
“It would be wrong for the SPATA swim suit on, is extremely effective in made by insulating the shell. However
Technical Committee to go against the reducing pollution in the water and it was also apparent that the cost of
advice of the PWTAG experts especially therefore the amount of chlorine required. such insulation against the actual
when one considers the danger of Legionella “Consequently the SPATA view is that saving in heat loss was such that it was
and the HSE’s comment that deaths from this we support the PWTAG guidance and difficult to quantify.
bacterium may result in prosecution. Traditional disinfectants are required.” “Consequently the committee simply
recommend that the installer and their
“WE WOULD ONLY NEED ONE
client should discuss and consider the
situation and make their own judgement
DEATH DUE TO THE BUILD UP OF
in the light of the cost involved.”
He said that SPATA were actively
HARMFUL BACTERIA ETC IN POOL OR
engaged with the implications of carbon
emission legislation and are in dialogue
SPA WATER FOR THE DOORS TO BE
with Government and their advisors.
“We are certainly not ignoring the
OPENED TO A LAW SUIT”
question,” he said.
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