Video: Air Quality at Indoor Pools

That so-called chlorine smell often associated with indoor pools, is actually the result of chloramines-a buildup of irritants in the water, and in particular-the air.  These irritants can cause everything from itchy eyes to wheezing, even asthma.

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Transcript: Aquatic Water Teatment Video

It’s an aerobic activity that can work wonders for the body and soul.  But swimming indoors comes with its own special set of concerns.

-Jim Tanner, Siemens Water Technologies
“You smell something in an indoor pool, your eyes are burning, I’d ask questions”.

That so-called chlorine smell often associated with indoor pools, is actually the result of chloramines-a buildup of irritants in the water, and in particular-the air.  These irritants can cause everything from itchy eyes to wheezing, even asthma.  The good news- advanced technologies can help eliminate these threats.  Enter Ultraviolet light.

-Jim Tanner, Siemens Water Technologies
“Ultraviolet light is very important in an indoor application.  It serves two purposes.  One, it disinfects the water, it kills bacteria.  The other is it destroys chloramines-which is that chlorine smell that we have in the air.  So by using ultraviolet light, it will improve the air quality in the facility”.

Specifically, ultraviolet technology helps to inactivate pathogens, viruses and water-born parasites, like cryptosporidium.  This indoor facility utilizes UV light, while an automated monitoring system keeps tabs on pH levels and provides a demand-based chlorine feed.  And that’s just the beginning.

-Therese Schurger, Assistant Director of Recreation for Aquatics, Butler University
“What we do here at Butler is make sure that the HVAC system is working, that fresh air is coming in from the outside, and it’s circulating throughout the day.  Also, watching that the temperature in the pool area is only a couple degrees different from the water, which helps to reduce any heat loss and to keep it comfortable for the patrons”.

Because the air you breathe is as important as the water in which you swim.  That’s why the Centers for Disease Control has established guidelines for pool staff to follow when it comes to both air quality and water quality.  But often times it’s up to the swimmers themselves to remain vigilant.  So the experts say if something doesn’t look, feel, or smell right-ask questions.

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