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Public demand for luxury bathing environments
NEWS IN BRIEF
is behind growth of UV systems in pools
Keri-Anne opens £15m
arena
The new £15m Middleton Arena
in Greater Manchester has
officially opened its doors.
Olympic medal-winning swimmer
Keri-Anne Payne was the guest
of honour at the opening and
was the first person to make a
splash in the competition-sized
pool. The swimmer, who
scooped silver at the Beijing
games in the 10k open water
swim, was impressed after
christening the 25m, six-lane
pool. She said: “It is great to see
new pools like this new one at
Middleton, which do so much to
encourage children particularly
to take up swimming as their
sport of choice. With all the
other facilities here at the Arena
UV USE NOW ‘STANDARD
it’s a fantastic new centre.
PRACTICE’ IN LEISURE INDUSTRY
The man paid to test
slides
Utraviolet units have become and full scale water theme parks. reducing ‘red eye’, skin irritations Tommy Lynch has spent the last
standard practice amongst The ECF system allows leisure and the often overpowering year touring the world trying to
leading UK leisure operators – operators to protect against chlorine smell associated with find the best swimming pool
that’s the claim from specialists harmful waterbourne micro- indoor swimming facilities. The slides ... and he even got paid to
atg UV Technology . organisms such as e-coli and elimination of chloramines also do it. The 29-year-old travelled
The company believes the legionella. Unlike traditional produces crystal clear, sparkling more than 27,000 miles in his job
industry leap forward to UV chemical treatment methods, the water, and vastly reduces the rating slides for their height,
protection is driven by public effectiveness of UV systems are need for taxing shock treatments speed, water quantity and
demand for luxury bathing not limited to certain micro- and backwashes. landing. At each one he dons his
environments and increased organisms, and will provide an Ultraviolet systems such as Speedos and gives it a go. Even if
education and understanding on effective barrier against all known atg UV’s ECF range offer he does say so himself the job is
the benefit of a UV system. bacteria, viruses and pathogenic operators a compact solution going swimmingly well. Speaking
atg UV, an industry leader, micro-organisms, including that provides a high output, of his job, Tommy said: “I do
have warranted their success in chlorine resistent organisms such allows for ease of installation / have the best job in the world.
the leisure market to their break as Cryptosporidium. maintenance and minimizes No-one believes me when I tell
through ECF system range, Additionally, UV treatment is pressure drops. them what I do. Some people sit
designed and engineered also used to break down in an office all day but I get to fly
specifically for the swimming and chloramines, resulting in a more
ATG UV
all over the place and slide down
leisure industry, catering for spa’s pleasant and inviting leisure flumes.” His job is with First
pc www.atguv.com
and diving pools to splash pads environment for customers, Choice holidays.
Salford pools recognised
LOCAL POOL OFFER
BIRMINGHAM POOL The swimming facilities at
BACK OPEN Salford Community Leisure Trust
IS REJECTED
After a closure of more than Lancashire, has been recognised
two years, Wyndley Baths in by the Amateur Swimming
Birmingham finally welcomed Association under their
Campaigners are to reject an offer for them to take over the running swimmers back. A total of Aquamark accreditation scheme.
of a closure- threatened swimming pool. Friends of Harlech 8,302 people have taken a dip Aquamark is the ASA’s quality
Swimming Pool want it maintained as a public pool run by the local in the new look pool in three scheme for swimming
authority. But the Gwynedd council says it needs to offload the pool weeks. A spokesman for programmes. It is designed
to save £160,000 a year. In response to a campaign to save the Birmingham city council said: specifically to help organisations
facility, council chiefs have suggested the pool could be handed “The centre has had an providing swimming
over to the local community. But friends of Harlech Swimming Pool extremely busy period since it programmes to improve and
group representative Trevor Gennard said the idea is a non-starter. re-opened and staff are enhance the service they offer.
“There is massive support locally to keep our pool and look towards delighted with these very Comprising of four modules,
replacement by an improved facility. It was pointed out that we had positive figures. There is operators are assessed on areas
all received a newsletter from Gwynedd encouraging us to adopt a usually a lull at this time of year such as programme operation,
healthier life-style – “Healthier Gwynedd, better Gwynedd” – what but it seems people are just staffing, customer relations and
nonsense, therefore, to be closing our local pool”. glad to have their pool back.” policy.
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