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flooded poolHow do you remove potential contaminants such as clay, dust & debris from flood-affected pools?

If a pool has been susceptible to heavy rainfall, it is likely to have gained plenty of dirty water, mud, debris and other various contaminants from the surrounding environment.

Although a dirty, clouded and flooded pool is a huge inconvenience, the pool can be used soon after if it is treated promptly, after the weather subsides. The following procedure is recommended to rectify flooded pools:

  1. Check the pump, filter and other mechanical parts of the pool system for damage. If there is any damaged equipment, see the applicable manufacturer for instructions or replacement parts.

  2. Remove all debris from the pool. The rainfall has probably brought in leaves and other debris from the surrounding areas. This will add large amounts of organic matter to the water, which in turn will cause issues with algae and chlorine residual. The sooner rubbish is removed from the pool, the sooner clean-up can begin.

  3. Use a high quality floc to drop the clay and dust that has clouded up the pool to the bottom. Remember that overdosing with a floc will not make the job work faster

  4. Vacuum the debris formed from the Power Floc to waste.

  5. Turn on and leave on the pump/filter until water balance has been achieved. From now, much of the debris should have been removed from the water. Although still cloudy, the filter is the easiest way to clean the water.

  6. Test for metals and treat accordingly. The pool water may look a lot clearer than the start, but there may be many dissolved particles within the pool that came in with the dirt and clay. If there is a residual of metals (copper/iron) it can cause permanent staining, especially when chlorine is added back to the pool.

  7. Test for chlorine demand and treat accordingly. The flood water has washed an incredible amount of organic and inorganic material into the pool. Although most of it has been cleared out, there are still large amounts dissolved within the water. These particles can cause a huge drain on the chlorine added to the water to keep it healthy.

  8. Treat pool with high quality algaecide. The chorine is what makes the pool healthy to swim in, but as the chlorine is working at oxidising, the pool needs to be protected from algae. This defends the pool from algae whilst the chlorine is working at oxidising and killing bacteria. Once a good chlorine residual has been achieved, go back to a maintenance dose of algaecide.

  9. Use a clarifier. At the same time as Step 9, a clarifier can be added to the water. By now the water should be holding a chlorine residual, so that the filter can be utilised to collect dead algae and other oxidised organic waste.

  10. Manage the water balance. The water should be tested again by a professional pool shop. The chemicals just added to recover the pool will have had an effect on the water balance. This is because the pool has just been flushed with new (dirty) water. The water needs to be balanced again as it is the most important step to keeping the pool healthy, sparkling, clean and inviting.

  11. Use a clarifier one last time when the water is balanced. Although the water may look beautiful and fresh, the addition of one last clarifier, will really bring the sparkle back to the water. 

Never empty a pool without first consulting your pool builder.

Your warranty may be voided by emptying your pool or spa without the builder's knowledge.

Swimming pools, as a general rule, should not be emptied. Fibreglass pools in particular need expert handling. The structural integrity of a concrete pool may also be compromised if emptied. Some interior finishes in concrete pools restrict emptying to a very brief period of time.

More often than not, whatever treatment your pool requires can be done with the water remaining in the pool.

The above information was written by William Mansfield of BioLab Australia and represents the best interpretation of available technical information at the time of preparation.

WNP logo on fence RGBThe Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria’s (SPASA) ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ is making headlines around the world, with South Africa the latest country to request more information on this innovative water-saving program due to a major water crisis in Cape Town.

The whole of South Africa’s Western Cape Region is experiencing severe drought conditions, which are having a negative impact on the swimming pool industry - so much so that there is currently a proposal from the City of Cape Town council to put an indefinite ban on the construction and installation of all new swimming pools.

In late 2016, the USA’s Californian Pool Association also requested information on SPASA’s ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ and have since been provided with the Water Neutral Pool Program kit.

Earlier this year, Annalisa Dall'Oca, the editor of Italian pool and spa magazine ‘Piscine Oggi’ and organiser of the international exhibition ‘Forum Piscine’ www.forumpiscine.it/en in Bologna, Italy made contact to arrange an interview with SPASA CEO Brendan Watkins.

Annalisa wanted to explain to readers of ‘Piscine Oggi’ (meaning ‘Pool Today’) how the ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ works, its efficiency and the savings involved regarding both energy use and the reduced chemicals and water required under this Program.

Italians are particularly interested in the Australian experience as a pioneer of this environmentally friendly type of pool, as well as other solutions that reduce water consumption or promote water recovery.

A ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ presentation and workshop are planned for the ‘Forum Piscine’ exhibition in 2018.

The interview, entitled ‘The Australian Case’, can be found on pages 36 and 37 of Italian pool and spa magazine ‘Piscine Oggi’:

Piscine Oggi - The Australian Case - English translation

A quick online translation was used for the English version but the original version in Italian can be read here:

Piscine Oggi – The Australian Case – Italian version

Award-winning SPASA Victoria Pool Builder Members ‘Summertime Pools’ have recently come up with a clever advertising campaign endorsing the benefits of the ‘Water Neutral Pools ProgramHERE

To find out more about SPASA’s fantastic ‘Water Neutral Pool Program’ please see HERE

SPASA Victoria Media Release - SPASA Victoria's Water Neutral Pool Program Goes Global - 20 November 2017

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vbaThe Victorian Building Authority has released its top seven warning signs of an unregistered builder.

Building a home, renovating your property or installing a swimming pool or spa will likely be one of the biggest investments a home owner will ever make. 

To protect themselves from rogue practitioners, the VBA urges home owners to do their research and develop good communication lines with their builder.

VBA Acting Chief Executive Officer Murray Smith said it was also important to understand the role of the building surveyor and the VBA before starting the construction process. 

“It is only through your relationship with your builder or building surveyor that you will fully understand how your project is going,” Mr. Smith said. 

“Seek regular updates, take photographs and ensure any variations to plans are agreed in writing by you and the practitioner.” 

The VBA’s top 7 warning signs of an unregistered builder

  • No results are found when you type the builder’s name into the VBA’s online ‘Find a Practitioner’ tool
  • The builder does not ask you to enter into a written contract before the project starts
  • They ask for too much money up-front or at each set payment stage. By law in Victoria, a deposit can be no more than five per cent of the total project cost (projects over $20,000)
  • They are not prepared to tell you about or show you what homes they have recently built
  • They cannot or will not show you their VBA ID card
  • The builder is not a member of an industry body
  • You are not given a copy of the builder’s domestic building insurance policy or a certificate of currency covering your property before construction

Always Choose a SPASA Member!

SPASA Members are industry professionals and are at the forefront of the industry in regards to their experience, professionalism and reputation.

Bound by the Association’s strict Code of Ethics, all SPASA members have demonstrated a history of successful, ethical trading and knowledge appropriate to their membership category.

Look for the SPASA member logo to ensure you are dealing with an industry professional.

The first questions you should always ask are:

“Are You A Registered Building Practitioner?”
“Are you a SPASA Pool Builder Member?”
“Do you use a SPASA Pool Construction Contract?”

You can Find a SPASA Member HERE

For more information visit the SPASA Victoria website

Former Olympian Matt Welsh OAM has joined Kidsafe Australia to help save lives over summer at the launch of their ‘Saving Lives’ Pool Party Campaign.

The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA) is delighted to continue to collaborate with Kidsafe on this important campaign and this year for the first time has financially committed to help fund this vital annual safety check program.

Kidsafe’s national ‘Save the Date’ campaign calls on all pool and spa owners to sign up to Kidsafe’s ‘Pool Party’ event on Facebook and pledge to check the safety of their pool or spa barrier when they change their clocks at the beginning of daylight saving time on Sunday October 1.

SPASA Victoria was excited to see this initiative launched on 19th September, as an important follow-on to many years of advocacy work done on pool and spa safety in Victoria. Visit SPASA’s pool and spa safety advocacy page here www.spasavic.com.au/pool-spa-safety-campaign.

Between 2004 and 2015, Victoria lost 25 children in backyard pool drowning fatalities. SPASA Victoria is strongly of the view that inspections of pool and spa barriers should be mandatory in Victoria.

SPASA Victoria CEO Brendan Watkins said, “Pool and spa barrier inspections are currently mandatory in only three states - NSW, QLD and WA. Since the introduction of mandatory inspections in WA in 1992, there has been an 80% reduction in the rate of toddler drownings.”

While safety barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning incidents, evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths are the result of barriers that are faulty, or non-compliant with Australian standards.

“Common faults or non-compliance issues include gates and doors that are no longer self-closing or latching, gates that are propped open and climbable objects near the barrier,” said Kidsafe Ambassador Mr Welsh. “There is no better use of 15 minutes of your time than checking the safety of your pool barrier in preparation for the warm summer months ahead. By doing so, you could save a life.”

This October 1st, take 15 minutes to check the safety of your pool barrier – because Safe Barriers Save Lives.

For further information on the campaign, please visit kidsafevic.com.au and to find out more about pool and spa barrier regulations visit
www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumer-resources/building/pages/swimming-pools

Read SPASA Victoria's Media Release HERE

Kidsafe Backyard Pool Safety Campaign logos Sept 2017

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Key messages:

  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under 5 in Australia, with backyard pools being the most common location for drowning incidents to occur
  • 20 seconds is all it takes for a toddler to drown
  • Simply having a pool/spa barrier in place isn’t enough on its own to keep children safe. A large number of swimming pool drowning incidents are a result of faulty or non-compliant pool/spa barriers
  • Regular maintenance is necessary. It takes approximately 15 minutes to check your barrier thoroughly using Life Saving Victoria’s Home Pool Safety Assessment
  • Active adult supervision is the key to keeping children safe around water
  • Need help? Visit kidsafevic.com.au to use the free Home Pool Safety Assessment

Common issues with pool fences include:

  • Gates and doors that don’t self-latch or self-close
  • Climbable objects near the barrier e.g. pot plants, chairs, pool pumps near the pool fencing which could allow a child to climb over the fence
  • Excess space under the fence, and;
  • Misuse (e.g. propping the pool gate open)

Action

All you need to complete the audit is your phone/tablet, or a print out of the online pool barrier questions and a tape measure

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Leisurescape Pools GeelongA Geelong pool and spa business has made a big splash nationally!

Leisurescape Pools and Spas has been recognised for outstanding achievements in creativity, innovation and design excellence at the SPASA National Awards of Excellence in Sydney.

Managing director Jack Whitton said he and his staff were proud to receive such an honour, given the competitiveness of the industry. “It’s nice to be recognised for years of hard work and passion in this industry,” he said. “This annual SPASA celebration of excellence is a result of months of tireless work by Leisurescape Pools and Spas, who constantly strive to set new pool and spa industry benchmarks. In this year’s judging, Leisurescape collected the National Award of Excellence in best pre-engineered spa, reflecting our company’s commitment to quality and service.”

Demand for swimming pools and spas across the Greater Geelong region has reportedly increased, despite tough laws introduced by the state and federal governments. “It’s getting busier and busier all the time - despite economic times looking glum,” Leisurescape’s executive manager Liz Whitton said. “Australians are all about leisure.”

Geelong resident Duncan Oliver decided to buy a swim spa last year.He said that while the costs of maintaining it were high, he had no regrets. “The kids love it and it’s great for teaching them to swim,” he said.“It took a while to set the money for it aside, but it’s a great addition to the home.”

'Local Pool of Talent' - Geelong Advertiser, Geelong - 15 Sep 2017

shutterstock 515212096 old lady excercising smallWhile swimming is most often associated with Summer, it's a physical activity that anyone can participate in at any time of the year.
 
Of course when it gets hot, everyone starts looking around for the friend with the pool or swim spa. The next best bet - a local club or community pool - the cleaner and less crowded the better!

Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the Summer. Swimming is one of the few activities that doesn't cost a lot of money or require equipment – and it holds no age or ability barrier.

CEO of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA) Brendan Watkins says, “Swimming pools and spas are wonderful additions to the lifestyle of every Australian home. Exercise - and the social capital provided by a pool or spa - is immeasurable. With the current childhood obesity epidemic, the health and fitness benefits of pool and spa ownership are undeniable.”

Here’s an article featuring 25 compelling reasons to make swimming a part of your life

Here are just some of those reasons:

  • Increases Flexibility
  • Burns Calories
  • Helps You Quit Smoking
  • Improves Coordination and Posture
  • Improves Posture
  • Good for Anyone and Everyone
  • Total-Body Workout
  • Cardio Conditioning
  • Beats the Heat
  • Self-Esteem
  • Taller, Longer, Leaner Body
  • ​Weight Loss
  • Socialisation
  • Team and Individual Sport
  • Prevents Drowning
  • Improves Mental Health
  • Helps With Chronic Diseases, Post-Op, and as Physical Therapy
  • Relieves Stress
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Family Oriented
  • Joints

See SPASA’s new webpage on 'The Benefits of Pool & Spa Ownership' HERE

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