Properly maintaining pool water chemistry is perhaps the most important aspect of maintaining a swimming pool. Proper water chemistry is required to keep a swimming pool safe and clean for swimmers. Maintaining a swimming pool's chemicals can save pool owners hundreds of dollars per year, and endless hours of time. Armed with a basic understanding of swimming pool chemistry, and by following a few simple steps, any pool owner can maintain their own swimming pool with the same results as the high priced professionals.

Compliance Extension for Existing Pools

On May 18, 2012, the Department announced that it is adopting a final rule extending the compliance date for sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design, as they relate to the provision of accessible entry and exit to existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas (pools built before March 15, 2012). These provisions for existing pools of title II and title III entities will now take effect on January 31, 2013. The final rule does not affect the March 15, 2012 effective date for newly constructed or altered pools.

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ADA 2010 Revised Requirements - March 2012 Compliance

The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design ("2010 Standards").

Overview

Providing equal opportunity to people with disabilities is the fundamental principle of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication is designed to help title II and title III entities understand how new requirements for swimming pools, especially existing pools, apply to them.

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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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