Author: Kevin McElyea, PE

Municipalities! — Now is the Perfect Time to Build your Aquatic Facility – Don’t miss the “Perfect Storm” of the lowest costs in decades!

* source for municipal bond rates presented above is BondBuyer.com Now is simply the best time in over 51 years to build a new, renovated, or replacement municipal swimming pool facility. Today, the average 20-year municipal bond rate is 3.18% (June 2016). The last time municipal bond rates were this low was in May of 1965, over 51 years ago! This rare opportunity, for cities to save significant money while providing their citizens with much needed and desired facilities, will not likely last long. Interest rates on municipal bonds are the lowest they have been since May of 1965...

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Regenerative Media Filters – A Great Filter Technology to Consider

If you are in need of a new swimming pool filter for your commercial pool, waterpark, or aquatic center, and you want to consider one of the most effective and efficient filters available in the aquatics marketplace today, you should consider a regenerative media filter. Although a regenerative media filter is not the best option for many aquatic facilities, our aquatic engineers and architects recommend considering this type of filter based on the pros and cons presented in this article. “Our aquatic engineers always advise facility owners to consider the pros and cons of all types of swimming pool...

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Shotcrete, Concrete, or Gunite…What is Best for Swimming Pool Construction?

This is one of the most misunderstood topics I know of when it comes to swimming pool construction. Let me start out by stating a fact that everyone should know: All of these products are concrete! Shotcrete, “concrete”, and gunite are all basically the same product with variations in strength, inherent water-tightness, and methods of construction. I don’t know how many times I have heard people who are looking to build a new aquatic facility tell me that they want a concrete pool and not a gunite pool, or that they want a shotcrete pool and not a concrete...

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What can We do about Chlorine Odors?

As an aquatic engineer who has been designing facilities for many years, one of the more frequent questions I get from owners of indoor pools is “what can we do to get rid of nasty chlorine odors that our customers complain about?” Before I even look at their pool situation, I have a very good idea of the problems they face. Whenever you have a indoor pool, which inherently has a confined air space surrounding the pool, that utilizes a chlorine based water treatment system, and you add people to the water who tend to sweat and produce other...

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