With patrons actively searching for safe spaces to exercise, enjoy and relax, YMCA aquatic facilities are embracing the opportunity to provide the best and healthiest swimming environments to their communities. YMCAs across the United States are switching to Clear Comfort’s Advanced Oxidation (AOP) supplemental sanitation system to provide their patrons with the assurance that their facility is safe, clean and healthy.
When it comes to treating pool and spa water, YMCA aquatics facilities should adopt an effective and proven way to provide patrons with the best possible air and water quality. A growing number of YMCAs discovered that Clear Comfort AOP is the answer to their pool treatment needs. But how is this new pool treatment technology gaining popularity in so many YMCAs?
Why are YMCA pools switching to Clear Comfort AOP?
1. For Chemical Consumption Reduction
Clear Comfort supplemental sanitation systems allow YMCA facilities to save 30 to 50 percent on chemicals including chlorine, cyanuric acid and enzymes. With less chemical consumption, YMCA aquatic operators can save money, reduce chemical handling and provide patrons with fresher water.
2. To Save Time Spent on Maintenance
Clear Comfort simplifies and reduces maintenance time with only an annual cartridge exchange that takes under 15 minutes. Aquatics operators have an opportunity to move away from systems that can require hours of complicated maintenance every year as well as professional service technicians to work on them. A Clear Comfort cartridge exchange can be performed without any special skills or tools.
3. It Has Low Electrical Costs
Clear Comfort saves 80 to 95 percent on electrical consumption compared to other sanitation systems. This can save facilities thousands of dollars a year on electrical costs and may even allow them to qualify for grant money that would cover the entire cost of the system.
4. To Reduce Combined Chlorine
Clear Comfort reduces combined chlorine (chloramines) and other disinfection by-products by 70 to 90 percent, providing pool and spa water that is not only healthier but additionally does not cause skin, eye or lung irritation. By reducing chloramines, Clear Comfort’s AOP system effectively eliminates the “pool odor” that emits into the air. A common misconception is that this smell is caused by chlorine however, those harmful chloramines are the culprit. By improving air and water quality patrons and staff are protected from the health risks associated with breathing disinfection by-products. In addition, reducing combined chlorine helps the chlorine sanitize more efficiently.
5. For Cryptosporidium Protection
Clear Comfort is proven to reduce 99.99 percent (4-log) of Cryptosporidium, a chlorine-resistant parasite that can cause dangerous outbreaks of waterborne illnesses. Cryptosporidium is a major threat and liability to aquatics facilities, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is a leading cause of waterborne disease among humans in the United States.
6. To Improve Water Clarity
Clear Comfort’s powerful hydroxyl-radicals oxidize pool water and break down pollutants to be more easily filtered out, resulting in clear, beautiful water. Clear Comfort produces high concentrations of hydroxyl radicals, which are the most potent oxidizers available for pool and spa sanitation. These hydroxyl radicals eliminate contaminants in the pool that are the cause of cloudiness leaving behind only crisp, clean water.
7. Achieve Fresher Air Quality
By reducing disinfection by-products and chemical consumption, Clear Comfort improves indoor facility air quality dramatically, allowing facilities to save money on supplied fresh air. Reducing electrical consumption and supplied fresh air in your facility can also result in tens of thousands of dollars in grant money. In addition, improving air quality means a healthier environment for patrons and staff.
8. It’s Simple to Install
Clear Comfort is easy to install, simple to maintain, seamlessly integrates with all existing equipment and doesn’t require complicated systems, such as degas vessels or mixing vessels. Clear Comfort also provides personalized customer support to assist with installation and maintenance.
9. For Cost-Effective Treatment
By reducing chemical consumption, electrical consumption and maintenance costs, Clear Comfort provides powerful and safe water treatment that is also cost-effective for commercial facilities. Replacing outdated systems with Clear Comfort can save facilities thousands of dollars a year, which makes the system pay for itself over time.
10. It’s Environmentally Friendly
Reduced chemical and energy consumption means Clear Comfort is more sustainable and eco-friendly than most alternatives. Chlorine production is a major contributor to global carbon emissions and unlike other systems that consume high amounts of electrical energy, Clear Comfort is the most eco-friendly pool water treatment solution on the market.
The number of YMCAs, JCCs, recreation centers and other aquatics facilities making the switch to Clear Comfort AOP is growing, indicating a larger shift in the way commercial aquatics operators are approaching water treatment methods.
In the past, chlorine was the standard water treatment method for almost every aquatic facility in the country. Now, many facilities are taking a modern approach to pool water treatment that is more cost-effective, more patron-focused, healthier and more environmentally-friendly than ever before. This shift paves the way for a new future for aquatics facilities focused on creating a safe and unmatched swimming experience.
Interested in hearing about a real YMCA’s experience with Clear Comfort AOP? Visit our blog “[Video] Pool Stories: Improving a YMCA’s Pool Air & Water Quality.”
* Originally published on: September 25, 2019