Best of the NSPF Blog 2018
We're Counting Down the Most Visited Blog Posts of the Last Year!
One of our New Years Resolutions is to revamp the NSPF Blog and make it more user-friendly. We're happy to see that so many people visited the blog this year, even without much help from us! Since we've been thinking about what works for our readers and what doesn't (but could), we'd like to take some time to highlight some of the most visited posts of 2018.
10. Promoting Swimming as a Physical Activity at HBCU's
314 Page Views: We're so supportive of Dr. Jodi Jensen's research that we've been known to help fund it on more than one occasion! Most recently, Dr. Jensen is the recipient of one of our 2018 Board Fellowships, and her work at Hampton University explores ways to encourage aquatic exercise and recreation at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's). It's integral to our mission to help advance learn to swim efforts that serve populations that are, as Jensen notes, "underrepresented in areas of aquatics such as competitive swimming, yet ... overrepresented in the drowning statistics." We're heartened that this post is in the top 10. More research like this = more action like THIS! (GO BISONS!)
9. Ultraviolet Water Treatment
315 Page Views: This is the second in a three-part series of posts on Water Treatment Technology (see 5 and 7 on this list). Guest Blogger Steve Kenny's take on ultraviolet (UV) water treatment makes a compelling pitch for Modern Pool Solutions' preferred treatment method of using ozone, UV, and chlorine. Kenny discovered UV water treatment somewhat by accident while visiting an aquarium with his son, and he quickly saw how it could be incorporated into his approach to treating swimming pools. UV has a different role than ozone and chlorine in that process: it combats pathogens by "scrambling their DNA so they can't reproduce." Read more about the benefits of UV in his post, and read on for more from Kenny, who occupies four of the top ten spots this year!
8. Helpful Tips for Organizing Keys
320 Page Views: One of the best things we get to do on the marketing team is to help create spaces where Certified Pool & Spa Operators® (CPO®) can exchange useful tips and share knowledge, and this post is a natural extension of that. A Facebook thread about organizing keys spilled over into the blog space as a reference for anyone running a service route. So if you're looking for key solutions, this post will help weigh the pros and cons of lock boxes, gate codes, Master Lock key storage, binders, and beyond! And if you haven't found them yet, there are at least two CPO® Facebook groups (must be a CPO® Certified to join, but they're both super active): here and here.
7. Chlorine's Appropriate Role
346 Page Views: Water Treatment Technology, Part 3 (Steve Kenny's Best-of Sweep, Part 2!). Here Kenny puts chlorine in its place—as an essential part of a team of water treatment tools—with his subtle understanding of an often controversial topic in the industry. It's no mistake that in his most viewed post on this countdown he takes a strong position against saltwater chlorination—scroll through our social media accounts for some lengthy and lively discussions of that post! That's part of what we appreciate about our readers here: you're a passionate bunch! But you're also well informed, and chlorine is a near-central concern for both our industry readers and our environmental health audience, so please trust that Kenny's discussion sits right at the intersection of those concerns. Or don't trust—read for yourself...
6. Air Quality... It Takes a Village
362 Page Views: Did someone say "environmental health"? Here, Kevin Post of Counsilman-Hunsaker gives a brief introduction to environmental problems in indoor facilities, but his summation speaks to something formative of our entire mission: "The pool is only creating the problem because we allow swimmers in it." He might be speaking of combating chloramines (the problem swimmers cause), but we think the way Post puts it cuts right to the heart of environmental health. Pools are necessary because swimming skills are necessary. Water competence is a health benefit and a life-saving skill, but aquatic environments can quickly become hazardous. We work to make safe, accessible environments for the whole village...
5. Ozone Technology
367 Page Views: Kenny's first post in his Water Treatment Technology series deals with "one of our most underused and misunderstood methods of water treatment"—ozone systems. As someone who incorporates an ozone system into 90% of the new projects he builds, Kenny's perspective here is well worth considering. In 20 years of working with them, Kenny has observed that ozone systems reduce chlorine consumption without impacting water balnce or adding to total dissolved solids. Above all, ozone systems add that superior level of water quality that customers can see with their eyes. An added benefit for indoor pools is that ozone systems reduce the scent of chloramines. Take a minute to read through his entire series!
4. CPSC Pool Safely Grants
381 Page Views: We're glad to see we could help boost this press release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcing the application deadline for their Pool Safely Grant Program! If you've been keeping up with our own recent press, you'll know how excited we are about the Pool Safely program, which awards grants to help reduce drowning and drain entrapment incidents. We'll be sure to announce new deadlines as soon as we hear an update from CPSC, but in the meantime you can learn more about their program—and how one city has used part of its award to add CPO® Certifications to its safety efforts—here.
3. Why NOT Salt?
529 Page Views: We're certain this topic will continue to invite spirited debate in 2019. Like we said above, Kenny is no saltwater advocate (though he has experimented with this method on some of his accounts). Whatever your position, we're sure you'll appreciate the candor in this post. Taken together, Kenny's appearances on this countdown make for a thoughtful exploration of one of the primary concerns for servicing pools—how to set a high standard when it comes to water treatment. Hats off to Steve Kenny, for always being willing to experiment with new technologies and for sharing his expertise with our audience as a resource.
2. Don't Smell the Indoor Pool
593 Page Views: Need a brief introduction to chloramines and facility management? David Nance of NSF has you covered. From Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) requirements for acceptable levels of combined chlorine, to preventative and active methods for chloramine mitigation, the second-most visited post of 2018 is a great go-to for those just getting acquainted with the issue. In the past, NSPF has issued bather guidance on chloramine reduction, and you can keep abreast of the most current version of the MAHC here.
1. A Testimonial on Facility Manger App
724 Page Views: And finally, the most visited blog post of the year! Our Facility Manager app was certified by the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) this year, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. Take a minute to hear how the app helped Brad Anderson, City of Englewood Aquatic Supervisor. You can also register for a free webinar on using the Facility Manager app, hosted by Counsilman-Hunsaker.