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Dirty Public Pool Cause of E. Coli Outbreak Says CDC

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When the summer months arrive the hot weather has families rushing to their local public pool. One incident recorded by the CDC shows how contaminated water and a lack of oversight may spoil the enjoyment.

Dirty Public Pool Cause of E. Coli & C.Difficile Outbreak

Last summer, a public pool in Pennsylvania experienced an incident where over a dozen children became gravely ill from two forms of bacteria, E. Coli and C. Difficile. An investigation showed that children who had swam in the pool and had ingested water were affected roughly 48 hours after exposure.

Experts say that normally bacteria like E. coli and C. difficile. find their way into bodies of water from swimmers who experience diarrhea, however, there are numerous studies that have shown the bacteria can enter a water source and proliferate in other ways.

There were 15 cases (9 confirmed, 6 probable) in people aged 4–14 years; 10 patients were male. All of the individuals reported swimming at the pool on May 31, 2021, the seasonal opening date, and had no additional common exposures.

The day of the incident, the total number of pool guests was unknown. Symptoms began appearing within a few hours to as long as several days. In total, 13 patients wound up seeking medical attention, and 6 were admitted to the hospital. C. difficile antibiotics were administered to 4 people. Luckily, in this particular instance, there were no cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare but serious illness that affects the kidneys and prevents blood clotting in those who’ve been infected.

Fact-Finding Conducted by CDC

Notes from the investigation were published on May 20 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The investigation determined that the swimming pool’s automatic chlorinator was broken and that record-keeping was not in accordance with local regulations. Consequently, what limited data that was available revealed at least one case where there was no detectable chlorine.

We reached out to experts in the industry who clean and service public swimming pools to get their perspective on what went wrong in the process.

Preventing Repeat Instances

“Equipment malfunctions are inevitable,” said pool service technician Cole Daasnes, “a system of redundant precautions would definitely reduce the likelihood of someone being harmed by it. If we managed that public pool, we’d have a digital pool monitor in place. Someone should be doing weekly equipment checks on the feeders, pumps, and filtration pressure as well as checking it with a test strip when they open the pool for the day. Those results should be recorded in a logbook.”

Stephen Little, CEO and owner of Claro Pools, a large pool service company in Palm Desert said, “This is just a cascade of failures. Lack of redundancies and a protocol to establish layers of safety are clearly missing here,” said Little. “If I was the manager of this pool, I would put a flowchart together to see exactly where the failure occurred.”

“Public pools should be using an NSF 50 rated peristaltic pump that automates chlorine levels. Rola-chem makes a great one, as does Stenner. Point is there are plenty of companies who make chemical feeders that prevent this exact type of problem from occurring,” said Little.

CDC Guidelines For Public Pools

  • Adhere to recommended bather load limits.
  • Free chlorine levels between 1–3 parts per million.
  • pH level of 7.2–7.8.
  • Testing of pH and disinfectant levels at least twice daily (when in heavy use – hourly).
  • Maintain a recorded log of disinfectant/pH measurements and maintenance activities.
  • Maintain filtration and recirculation systems to manufacturer operational guidelines.

“I’m a firm believer in using alternative sanitizers,” said Gregg Sample of Chlorine Solutions, “Public pools really need boric acid restrictions lifted. It’s basically adding insurance for the water. I have found through testing my own pool that Boric Acid and a PoolRx are a redundant measure of sanitization.”

“There should be daily chemical checks of chlorine and pH and recording on a physical log,” said former public pool inspector for the Florida Department of Health, Lauren Broom. “There should be proper training of operators. Someone should be conducting a daily check of the pool equipment as part of their daily opening and closing checklist and responsible for closing the pool when it don’t meet specific requirements like chlorine level.”

Clearly, there was a disconnect in this instance which allowed for a breach in protocol where recommended guidelines were not adhered to. “It’s a failure to care,” said Rudy Stankowitz, a pool chemistry expert, author, and instructor who teaches professionals best practices. “If the facility was managed properly the condition would not have gone unnoticed/uncorrected for more than a couple of hours,” said Stankowitz, “The only real proactive solution is a greater regulatory presence.”

E. Coli and other pathogens such as Naegleria fowleri, Giardia, Shigella, Norovirus can cause serious illness. This one instance is a perfect example of how the public can be protected from RWI’s by establishing and following proper pool maintenance protocols.

Citation:

Nace ME, Wallace JL, Kline KE, Plipat N. Notes from the Field: Escherichia coli O157:H7 Outbreak in Children with Clostridioides difficile Colonization Associated with an Improperly Treated Swimming Pool — Pennsylvania, June 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:690–691. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7120a4external icon

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HTX Surf Will Be a World Class Surf Destination in Houston

HTX Surf is set to start construction in Houston,TX early 2023.

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HTX Surf Will Be a World Class Surf Destination in Houston

HTX Surf, a premier surf resort and destination, is set to begin development in early 2023. According to the press announcement, the new surf resort will be conveniently positioned in Generation Park, only ten minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport, and within 60 minutes of nearly seven million people in the city of Houston.

In a press statement, HTX Surf was described as providing a “surfing experience rivaling the ocean by delivering perfect waves every time.” The technology behind HTX Surf can generate up to 1,000 waves per hour, and it can be adjusted to produce waves of varying sizes to accommodate surfers of varying abilities.

Beach Street Development’s new surf 15-acre surf resort is planned to start construction sometime in 2023. HTX Surf will draw surf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities from all corners of the globe.

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HTX Surf complex will feature a six-acre lagoon that is sure to become a world-class surfing destination.
HTX Surf complex will feature a six-acre lagoon that is sure to become a world-class surfing destination.

Plans for the new surf complex include a six-acre surf lagoon that can accommodate more than 70 surfers per hour and allows novice and advanced surfers to surf simultaneously. A beach will be built for guests who want to watch the surfers.

“This is a special location for us as it is true to our vision of sharing great waves with everyone, everywhere in the world, specifically those who live far away from the ocean. We are looking forward to seeing HTX Surf bring our Wavegarden Cove technology to Houston,” said Fernando Odriozola, Wavegarden’s Chief Commercial Officer.

HTX Wavegarden Cove Lagoon - Photo Credit: HTX Surf
HTX Wavegarden Cove Lagoon – Photo Credit: HTX Surf

A Closer Look at HTX Surf

HTX Surf’s Wavegarden Cove lagoon will be an inland fantasy surfing destination with guaranteed waves and a tropical beach atmosphere modeled after some of the world’s best surf spots. The revolutionary method accurately reproduces the motion of water particles in ocean ground swells, without the presence of secondary waves that degrade the wave quality. Very little energy is wasted as forces are transferred from the machinery to the water, resulting in maximum efficiency. Each module in the Wavegarden Cove will be powered by its own electro-mechanical system and move in unison to create perfectly timed waves. Different modes and types of waves can be changed with the push of a button, to easily modify the wave’s form and size.

Wave technology will allow different modes of surfing. Photo Credit: HTX Surf
Wave technology will allow different modes of surfing

In addition to surfing, there will also be a skateboard pump track, members-only club, hot tubs, fire pits, pool, beach sections with food and drink options, and an event lawn for concerts and festivals.

According to projections made by Alex Bergman, principal partner of Beach Street Development and Operations, the opening is expected to take place in the fall of 2024.

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“We plan to break ground this winter and are working with a well-known Houston-based (general contractor) that also has offices around the country,” said Bergman.

Photo Credits: HTX Surf

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PoolCorp Rings Opening Bell at Nasdaq

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PoolCorp Rings Opening Bell at Nasdaq

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Pool Corporation (Nasdaq: POOL) rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite (4 Times Square, New York) to commemorate more than 25 years of being listed on the market. A number of POOLCORP officials and directors joined CEO Peter Arvan to mark the event.

Recently listed by Barron’s as one of the 10 Hottest Stocks Over the Past 30 Years, ringing the bell marked an important milestone for PoolCorp which trades as the ticker symbol ‘POOL’ on the Nasdaq Global Select Market exchange.

Watch PoolCorp ring the Nasdaq Opening Bell

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Fast Facts About PoolCorp:

South Central Pool Supply, Inc. was founded in 1993, renamed SCP Pool Corporation in 1995, and debuted on the NASDAQ on October 12, 1995. The proceeds from its first public offering (IPO) were utilized to retire the company’s debt and provide the capacity to borrow to further accelerate growth via new acquisitions and the opening of service center locations. The company’s name was changed to Pool Corporation in 2006. 

POOLCORP officials and directors joined CEO Peter Arvan for the ringing of the opening bell at Nasdaq.
POOLCORP officials and directors joined CEO Peter Arvan for the ringing of the opening bell at Nasdaq.

Today, Pool Corporation is the leading distributor of swimming pool equipment, parts, supplies, and accessories. These products include non-discretionary pool care items, such as chemicals and replacement parts, packaged pools (kits to construct swimming pools that include walls, liners, bracing, and other materials), and pool equipment, such as cleaners, filters, heaters, pumps, and lighting.

The company currently maintains 336 sales centers throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Australia, through which it sells more than 160,000 national brand and private label items to about 100,000 wholesale customers.

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Glass Infinity Pool at Chalet Al Foss is a Hidden Gem of the Alps

The glass infinity pool at Chalet Al Foss has become a world class pool destination for selfie hungry travelers.

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When you think of the most romantic pools in the world, what comes to mind? Maybe the pool at the Hanging Gardens in Bali or the Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. But have you ever heard of the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort’s glass infinity pool? This hidden gem is located in Northern Italy and is a must-see for any traveler looking for a unique swimming experience.

Photos of the Chalet Al Foss Alpine Resort's glass infinity pool have gone viral on social media.
Photos of the Chalet Al Foss Alpine Resort’s glass infinity pool have gone viral on social media.

Chalet Al Foss is An Alpine Dream With a Glass Infinity Pool

The Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is a five-star hotel that sits atop a mountain in the heart of the Italian Alps. The resort is known for its luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities, but it’s the luxury glass swimming pool that really steals the show. This one-of-a-kind pool offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

The glass infinity pool at Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is certainly a bucket-list-worthy pool destination.
The glass infinity pool at Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is certainly a bucket-list-worthy pool destination.

When it comes to bucket list travel experiences, swimming in an infinity glass pool high up in the Alps has got to be right up there. And there’s no better place to do it than at the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort.

More About This World Class Infinity Pool

Situated in the picturesque commune of Vermiglio in Trentino, which is famous for its scenic mountains. With 118,142 inhabitants, Trento is the third largest city in the Alps. Trentino, in northeastern Italy, in the heart of the Italian Alps, between Lake Garda and the Dolomites. Consequently, the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort has become a world-class destination for luxury travelers. The resort is home to a stunning glass infinity pool that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Swimming in the glass infinity pool is an unforgettable experience and one that you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list. Here’s everything you need to know about swimming in the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort’s infinity pool.

The Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort’s glass pool is located on the top floor of the resort, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The pool is heated, so you can enjoy a swim even in the cooler months.

The Chalet Al Foss is drawing travelers who are looking for the most Instagrammable pool destinations.
The Chalet Al Foss is drawing travelers who are looking for the most Instagrammable pool destinations.

Instagram Selfies Are a Must

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury swimming experience, the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort may just be the place for you. This is a pool destination that ranks high with travelers. The swimming pool and picturesque snowy backdrop create the ultimate opportunity to take some memorable selfies.

One traveler on Kayak.com gave it a 9.0 and said “Very Instagrammable, quiet, and very romantic.” Another on Booking.com gave it 10 out of 10 and said, “the view from the rooms and outdoor pool is breathtaking. Fantastic experience, just a magical hotel.”

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Here’s everything you need to know about visiting this world-class pool destination:

When to go: The best time to visit the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny. The pool is open from June to September, so plan your trip accordingly.

How to get there: The Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is located in the town of Vermiglio. There are 4 ways to get from Milan to Chalet Al Foss, Vermiglio by train, car, bus, or shuttle. The closest airport to Vermiglio is Bolzano/Bozen (BZO). One of the better options for getting to Vermiglio is Autostradale which operates a bus from Milano Lampugnano to Mezzana Station once daily.

Address: Localita’ Foss, 2, 38029 Vermiglio TN, Italy
Phone: +39 0463 758161

What to pack: Since the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is located in the mountains, it’s important to pack appropriately for your trip. Be sure to bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes.

What to do: In addition to swimming in the glass pool, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy at the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort. You can go hiking or biking in the surrounding mountains, take a cable car up to the nearby glacier, or relax in the hotel’s spa.

No matter what time of year you visit, the Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort is an alpine dream that sure to impress. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

Photo Credits: Chalet Al Foss Alp Resort

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