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Feed Needs - Liquid Chemical Feeders

Liquid chemical feeders can simplify pool maintenance — but an awareness of their workings is crucial for effective use.

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For much of the pool industry’s history, chemicals have been added to the water in two basic ways: By pouring solutions into the pool, or by placing tablets in a feeder of some sort. These techniques are both simple and time-tested, but they’re not always ideal — especially for pools with high bather loads, or those that require rapid chemical adjustments.

This has led some manufacturers to develop new types of mechanical feeders which add precise doses of liquid chemicals to the water as needed. Though many of these feeders work in conjunction with automation systems on large commercial sites, they’re also growing in popularity for residential applications.

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Who must comply with new ADA regulations?

The April deadline has past for public pools to comply with access requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, but many are still confused over exactly which facilities have to meet the requirements.

Is the apartment complex that you care for required to have a pool lift installed to meet the needs of a disabled swimmer?  What if it's a condominium complex or a timeshare?

The National Swimming Pool Foundation's website has published the following guidelines to help you understand just what the federal government considers a "public" pool:

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Pending Law to Impact Public Pools

Thousands of commercial pools and spas across Florida will be subject to new safety standards under a bill that awaits the governor’s signature.

House Bill 849, which passed the state legislature earlier this month, calls for certain public vessels built before Jan. 1, 1993, to be retrofitted with one of several devices or systems that prevents entrapment and evisceration. It also requires that a licensed pool or spa contractor handle the installation.

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Understanding ORP

The Heart of Chemical Automation

Oxidation-reduction potential - or ORP, as it is better known - is the measurement of a body of water's ability to oxidize contaminants.

Great. What does that mean?

Most simply, oxidation involved an exchange of electrons between two atoms.  The atom that looses an electron has been oxidized.  The one that gains an electron has been reduced.

While we can't see this process occurring atom-by-atom, there is ample evidence of oxidation taking place every day.

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