Stay Balanced  

From Hayward

Proper water balance in any swimming pool or hydrotherapy pool can mean the difference between a safe, comfortable environment and exposure to deadly diseases.  This is especially important in commercial environments, as the bather loads can reach into the hundreds a day, potentially exacerbating an already dangerous situation.  Additionally, properly balanced water is clean, comfortable, and leads to happy swimmers.  This post from Hayward gives some easy to follow guidelines for properly maintained water chemistry. This chart should be readily available to anyone charged with maintaning a clean, safe, commercial or residential swimming pool.

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World's Tallest Waterslide Officially Open

From Aqua

We've all experienced water slides as kids.  Most modern waterparks have multiple slides with various twists, turns, drops, and gimmicks.  What most waterparks don't have, however, is the world's tallest waterslide.  This honor belongs to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, according to this post from Aqua magazine, and the ride measures 17 stores high!  This post gives a first-person point-of-view video that illustrates just how thrilling this ride actually is.

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What is Concrete?

From Gizmodo

After Water, It's the most widely used material on our planet.  Ton for ton, says this article from Gizmodo, concrete is used by humans more than steel, wood, plastics, and aluminum combined.  The supply and use of concrete is a $100,000,000,000 industry.  What is amazing is that most people don't really understand what concrete really is.  This post explains the volcanic origins of concrete, how it was prevalent in the ancient world and then forgotten, and how it's rediscovery and evolution is doing more to shape our physical world than any other material on Earth.

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Meet the man who invented the pool noodle

From Marketplace

If you have ever spent time around an inground swimming pool, the chances are that you have seen them.  They are brightly colored, stimulate fun activity, and one of the most simplistic designs imaginable.  They are pool noodles, and the history of them is fascinating.  This post from Marketplace tells the story of the man who invented this unique and ubiquitous swimming pool toy.

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Top Swimming Pool Myths Debunked

Water and Pools: Sorting Out Truth From Fiction

From About.com Pool and Patio

When it comes to swimming pools of all kinds, there exists no shortage of urban legends, myths, and misconceptions that have been accepted as fact.  Who among us hasn't heard that if a certain chemical is placed into the pool and someone pees in the pool, the chemical will turn colors and reveal the pool pee-er?  This post from About.com Pool and Patio takes a mythbusting tact to this an many other popular urban myths to separate truth from fiction.

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Chlorine: The Cause of Irritated Eyes of Swimmers?

From Healthy Pools

The most common misconception surrounding swimming pools is the cause for the "Chlorine" smell, eye and skin irritation, and skin disorders.  A properly chlorinated pool will not smell, will not irritate eyes, and will not be a catalyst for spreading disease.  The concept, simply put, is that chlorine has three distinct components that determine it's killing capacity:  Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, and Combined Chlorine.  Combined Chlorine is the culprit, and is caused by the chemical reaction that occurs when chlorine actually does it's job.  This post from Healthy Pools expounds on this concept, and busts an often perpetrated urban legend around chlorine and swimming pools.

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What are Chloramines?

Pool Chemistry and Swimming Pool Maintenance

From About Home Pool and Patio

We all know the smell:  It harkens one back to their youth at the local swim center or YMCA.  The pungent smell of an "overchlorinated" pool.  Additionally, one remembers burning eyes, itchy skin, and crunchy hair.  What most people fail to understand, unfortunately, is that this situation is not an "overchlorinated" pool, but one that is actually devoid of active chlorine.  This post by About Home explains this dangerous situation which is a very common misconception about how swimming pool chemistry works.  

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