Counting Down to Pool Season

It may not feel like it in some areas of the country yet (only 49˚F here in Chicago as I write this!), but the summer season is just around the corner – and that means so is pool season.

This week, NSF Intl. reminded us of some important pool safety tips, ranging from storing chemicals properly to always supervising children around pools.

Another key to pool safety is proper water disinfection. Without it, swimmers could be subject to an array of waterborne illnesses – including Cryptosporidium, cases of which have been increasing in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

What are your best tips for pool and spa disinfection and treatment systems? Let us know in the comments or e-mail us at [email protected].

Kate Cline is editor-in-chief of WQP. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.

Safe Water

Did you know that the parasitic protozoa Cryptosporidium is highly resistant to chlorine? As reported by the CDC Cryptosporidium can cause disease in humans when accidentally swallowed and is one of the leading causes of recreational water illness is the US. Keeping your pool water well maintained using traditional methods, such as chlorine, may not always keep your family and friends safe. Ozone is proven to be effective at killing this parasite. To learn more visit

Re: Safe Water

This is a very important point! Ultraviolet treatment is another great option to keep Crypto at bay. Here's an article WQP ran on the topic last summer:

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