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The splendid Welsh National pool in
Swansea- the system’s most prestigious
installation yet
ACCU-TAB
PROVES A
National treasure!
Pool contractors Pioneer Maintenance of Port Talbot have been
exponents of Certikin’s Accu-Tab system for years. Their most recent
installation at the Wales National Pool in Swansea is their most
prestigious and high profile to date with its selection as one of five
centres in Great Britain to train swimmers for the London 2012 Olympics
T
he Wales National Pool in Swansea is alternative method of chlorination. old system.” He adds: “With the latter we
an impressive facility by anyone’s An Accu-Tab 3075 PowerBase had to gown-up in overalls and face masks
standards. chlorination unit was installed in the plant and go through the messy daily ritual of
It’s a 50m competition pool built to room. The system consists of a PVC base hand dosing the granular calcium
FINA standards with a 25m training pool. 4ft by 2ft with a 25-gallon nylon tank hypochlorite into the mixing tank (which
And when it was opened signalled a new mounted on the base. The Accu-Tab dry caused a lot of dust and fumes) and
era for swimming facilities in Wales. tablet chlorinator, holding 25kg Accu-Tab mechanical agitation to dissolve the
Sports Manager for Facilities, Richard tablets is mounted on the specially granules before injecting the solution into
Akers has the responsibility to maintain the designed tank which has built-in level the pool water. With the Accu-Tab system
pool, a significant part of which involves switches and connected to a special PVC staff wear an apron, gloves and small
ensuring that the pool water is at all times Burkert solenoid valve, all of which are facemask. It is a much cleaner procedure.
clean, pure and healthy. operated on 24 volts which is very safe. It has eliminated all hazards and,
“The pool’s traditional but somewhat The system is wired to the chemical furthermore, blockages are non existent
outmoded method of chlorinating water controller, which also controls Lowara 240 and it is very economical!” he said.
was costly, both in terms of chemical volts, 0.25 kW booster pump. All the After three months, the trial was
consumption and on maintenance and electrical controls are wall mounted at eye deemed to be such a success that a
service repairs. I felt that there had to be level for ease of access and the whole second Accu-Tab system was installed on
an easier way of sanitising the pool water,” system is corrosion resistant. the larger 50m pool where it has now been
adds Richard. Managing Director, Eddie O’Neill of happily running for six months.
It was against this background and Pioneer Maintenance says the installation “It is perhaps too strong to say that the
following discussions with Pioneer of the new system, which took about a Accu-Tab system has transformed our lives
Maintenance Limited that a pilot test was day to complete, went smoothly and but it has certainly made life a good deal
carried out using the Accu-Tab system on without hitch. easier,” adds Richard. “This safe and reliable
the 25m training pool. Richard was delighted the way the system dosing method has really reduced the
The Accu-Tab system is manufactured by lived up to its promise of being a quicker, workload of the pool maintenance staff and I
PPG Industries and distributed in the UK safer and cleaner method of introducing am delighted to report that the water quality
and Republic of Ireland by Certikin calcium hypochlorite to pool water. has never been better. We are converts to
International Ltd. PPG have examined “Firstly, it saves such a huge amount of the Certikin Accu-Tab system!” spn
existing methods of delivering calcium time. The Duty Manager simply has to refill
hypochlorite into a wide range of water the chlorinator with the large 3-inch
CERTIKIN
applications and developed their patented tablets, which take about 10 minutes a day
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system which is a cleaner, safer and simpler compared to a much longer time with the
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