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WATER TECHNOLOGY
London conference “is crucial
for future of water treatment“
The three day international Swimming Products and processes are promoted that The current issues associated with
Pool & Spa Conference being held in claim to short-circuit some of the swimming pools, spas and similar
London in March will be one of the most traditional challenges in running healthy recreational environments
important developments in 20 years into pools. Pathogenic microorganisms like Dr Kathy Pond, Robens Centre for Public
the treatment of water in pools and spas. Cryptosporidium and Legionella must be and Environmental Health, University of
“This may be the third of these crucial dealt with rigorously – especially in the Surrey, UK
conferences but there’s never been such an warm waters of spa pools. International Mycobacteria in spa pool and
important time to try and resolve the issues forum on the treatment and quality of bacterial infection of inflatables
affecting the provision of safe clear water in water in pools and spas. Susanne Surman-Lee, Health Protection
pools,“ said a conference spokesman. The venue for the conference is the Agency, UK
Speakers from 12 countries will present Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park
papers on subjects as diverse as and some of the highlights include: The full programme and registration
Cryptosporidium, trichloramines and details are at www.pwtag.org
asthma, haloacetonitriles, membrane Susanne Surman-Lee, Health
filtration, E-coli, chlorine-free disinfection, Protection Agency, UK RECREATIONAL WATERS
bathing load determination and World Cryptosporidiosis in the United States; ONLINE SURVEY
Health Organisation guidelines. changing reporting and ramifications for Dr Kathy Pond of the Robens Centre for
The first conference was in Budapest in public health and the aquatics sector Public and Environmental Health. is
2005; the second in Munich in 2007. The Water treatment design for the conducting an on-line survey to assess
conference has a reputation for bringing London Aquatic Centre 2012 current issues of management and the
together academics, professionals and Tom Devin, Devin Consulting, UK protection of public health associated with
practitioners working on the treatment and Swimming pool water treatment swimming pools. As part of the survey,
quality of water in pools and spas. and quality RCPEH are assessing the use and
The conference comes at an important New guidance from the Pool Water implementation of the World Health
time for swimming. There are debates about Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Organization Guidelines for swimming
the different standards of pool treatment Managing swimming pool pools and spas and similar recreational
that prevail in different countries and about associated cryptosporidiosis in water environments. The results of this
different pre-swim hygiene regimes. holiday hotels survey will be presented at the conference.
The World Health Organisation has Rodney Cartwright, UK and Esteban
produced guidelines in this area – but how Delgado, Spain, Federation of Tour
ROBENS CENTRE FOR PEH
well are they used? There is a disputed Operators
telephonesolid 01483 689 209
connection between disinfection Methods for assessing the disease
envelopeback info@rcpeh.com
byproducts and childhood asthma. burden from swimming
pc www.rcpeh.com
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