Public Pool Safety and Cryptosporidium Defense

Discovering Public Pools: Fun and Safety Combined along with Cryptosporidium elimination 

Public Pool Operator Instruction

Public pools are where communities have fun. We help you know the safety rules, like cleaning the water. This stops things like Cryptosporidium so you can swim and enjoy.

Following VGBA Rules: Avoiding Traps

We check pools using the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (VGBA). This keeps swimmers safe from getting stuck. Every pool we feature follows VGBA rules, so you can swim without worry.

Your Opinion Matters: Making Pools Safer Together

You’re important in our community. If you see a pool problem, tell the pool owner or health inspector. This makes pools even safer for everyone.

Stopping Cryptosporidium: Effective Defense Tactics

Cryptosporidium is a protozoa that can make people sick. It spreads in water. We keep sanitizer levels high to stop it. Chlorine helps, but it takes a long time to do so. UV, Ozone, and AOP kick crypto in the butt!  The CDC recommends the following protocol in case of accidential discharge in the pool.

Understanding Pool Wisdom: “No Swimming After Diarrhea”

If you have had diarrhea in the last 14 days, don’t swim. This keeps illnesses from spreading in pools. We care about your health.  Those crypto cells can proliferate quickly.

Begin your safe pool journey at PoolEnvyWI.com. We offer easy tips and info. Stay safe and have fun, even against Cryptosporidium. Your safety is what matters most to us.

Still not sure what to do when there’s poo? 

Then it is time to signup for my CPO® Class so that we can get you the training you need to effectively operate a public swiming pool.

Swimming Pool Due Dilligence Inspections

Pool inspections or due diligence inspections can help prevent headaches:

  • Commercial pools are often neglected
  • Inspections will help uncover hidden problems
  • You will save money when purchasing a pool
  • You will be able to negotiate repair costs when buying
  • You can uncover safety issues with an existing pool

Pool facilities can harbor many failures behind the scenes such as:

  • Too much sanitizer – brittle plastic components
  • Shut off valves that do not work – inability to service
  • Check valves made from the wrong material – seizing of parts
  • Improper winterizing – expensive to fix leaks
  • Improper flow rates – signs of mechanical failure
  • Wear and tear – failure to maintain
  • Smell – improper HVAC systems

Due diligence inspections are important when investing in a facility any perspective buyer should have due diligence performed. One facility we inspected had several heaters improperly winterized and broken heat exchangers on all of them.  Give us a call and we can setup an inspection anywhere in the United States.  Knowing what to look for is our expertise.

Due diligence inspections

You don’t know what you don’t know about swimming pools.  Jason Davies CPO®, DCQ, CST, CPI at Pool Envy approaches all pools with the background and knowledge of various types of in ground and commercial pools.  Many facilities are looking to sell to avoid resolving pool problems.  Knowing who to speak with at a local health department, or finding out of an engineering plan was missed can help you avoid future trouble.  We can think of one instance where a hotel hospitality group was improperly informed about the condition of a swimming pool.  The problem did not manifest itself until there was significant damage to the facility.  Avoid these types of problems by working with a pool expert.

Due diligence photos

The reason to review your swimming pool is to avoid the potential for negligence.  The photo below demonstrates how a lack of awareness can lead to serious damage.  In this example, the client utilized a HVAC company to provide maintenance for their swimming pool heater.  They failed to correctly clean the heat exchanger resulting in the heater retaining heat.  This retained heat caused the igniter module to eventually melt.

What do Due diligence inspection costs

A typical inspection may start out at several thousand dollars.  Travel and lodging costs will effect the cost of inspections along with the number of bodies of water.  Money well spent though before you jump into a situation that could cost you even more.

 

Plan Review for Wisconsin Public Pools SPS 390

Wisconsin public swimming pools are regulated by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Under Wisconsin chapter 390, plumbing systems for public swimming pools have numerous rules that must be followed to prevent operator negligence. These rules are there to protect the public from harm and not following them could lead to events endangering the public.

Many Wisconsin public pool operators are tempted to do repairs without permits to save money.  It can expensive to get caught.

Financial costs for maintaining public pools are expensive, but the cost of a lawsuit due to negligence can wipe away your operator license, and may result in expensive litigation if someone is injured.

Expertise Matters

Pool Envy has specialized experts who are trained to work on public swimming pools, these people are licensed professional engineers.  Under SPS 390, you must be a licensed architect or Wisconsin licensed professional engineer to submit plans to the state for review. Many situations can happen with public swimming pools and repairs do become urgent, but you should not go ahead with work or allow another person to do work without checking if it is legal first. For example, you change your sand filter with a like sand filter, but changing it to another type: cartridge, D.E. requires a review.

Changing a pool pump requires a VGBA review as the pool pump curve needs to match the pools operating requirements.  Adding in a pump that is greater than the approved design can lead to serious violations, death, and velocities as the SOFA (Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies) that exceed ratings. In 2021, VGBA made significant changes to these rules as well.

A pool professional like the ones at Pool Envy can help you navigate the complexity of public pools and help to keep you out of trouble.  We see many pools where operators trust their existing chemical company to change out chemical feeders.  This action is an area that also requires a plumbing review. Just because a service promises free service for the life of your contact, does not mean that service is correct.  Ultimately, the responsibility falls onto the pool operator to keep your facility safe. There is a lot to know and we are happy to help.

Reverse Permitting

Has your organization gone down the wrong path inadvertently but want to make things right?  Pool Envy can help you reverse permit your pool by taking your existing equipment and working through an engineering plan to requalify what you have in place and submit a new state plan for your facility.

How to get started

We can setup an initial compliance inspection for a fee to look at your facility.  Then work out the details of what would be required from there.  Please see our standard terms & conditions.

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