The Challenge: Aquatic Facility Air QualityKeeping air quality fresh and healthy odor is a top challenge for aquatic operators. The “pool” odor that lurks into lobbies and locker rooms isn’t only unpleasant, but toxic to inhale. Many assume that “pool” odor is from chlorine; however, it’s chloramines, the disinfection by-product (DBP) of chlorine reacting to organic material, like lotions, sweat and urine in the water. Also known as combined chlorine, chloramines can cause red eyes, skin irritation, asthma, allergies, “Lifeguard Lung” and other respiratory health issues.
The Solutions: Top 3 Approaches to Air QualityTo combat poor air quality from chloramines, aquatics facilities generally have three solutions:
- Air dilution through ventilation
- Targeting air treatment systems, like the Evacuator from Paddock
- Supplemental water sanitation systems that prevent chloramine formation, like Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) or UV pool systems