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NEWS IN BRIEF
FIVE YEARS ON: ATG SYSTEMS
Infection lawsuit
A man who has filed a lawsuit says
STAND THE TEST OF TIME
he contracted a staph infection Five years ago atg UV
after using a hot tub. David Rivera Technology Ultraviolet
atg’s UV system in Edinburgh still
effective after five hard years
filed the lawsuit last week and technology specialists replaced
claims he contracted the staph an ozone system at Ainslie Park
infection – also called folliculitis Leisure Centre in Edinburgh with
MRSA pseudomonas staph aureus an ultraviolet water treatment.
– after using the indoor spa at a The atg UV system treats 380
Life Time Fitness gym. Rivera cubic metres an hour and in
claims Life Time did not properly addition to disinfecting the pool-
treat the water in the hot tub and water, has the benefit of
did not keep the water at a reducing organics and combined
proper temperature. He also says chlorine levels, vastly improving
that he endured pain and the pool environment. The
suffering, and was disabled and system is still providing Ainslie
unable to work, according to the Park Leisure Centre with an
report. He is seeking more than effective barrier against micro-
US$100,000 in damages, accusing organisms and crystal clear
Life Time of negligence and water with fresh clean air.
product liability. Plant Operator, David Proc, the building has also been has, therefore, been seeking
says: “The atg UV ultraviolet attacked through corrosive alternative ways of disinfecting
disinfection unit has given condensation. water and reducing the organic
Pool could help excellent service. It has helped The main reason for these loading of water. Ultraviolet
community to maintain a consistently low problems is the production of treatment provides the perfect
A swimming pool at a school in chemical residual in the pool, chloramines in the water caused answer. UV wavelengths between
Lichfield should be opened up to large savings in chemical costs by the reaction of free chlorine 240 and 280 nanometres
the public to “help keep young and gives a good atmosphere in residuals with organic materials, deactivate all micro-organisms,
villains off the streets”. The pool at the centre.” such as bacteria brought in to particularly Pseudomonas (SP)
Nether Stowe School – which has Higher water temperatures the environment by pool users. and Ecoli and the atg UV system
stood empty through the summer and increased turbulence in Whilst Ozone can be successful can be incorporated into
holidays – could help to give leisure pools requires increased at reducing chloramine levels, existing pool’s overall control
youngsters Olympic ambitions. dosages of chlorine, leading to installation and operation is strategy to protect against
“We have got kids out there who pool users complaining of expensive and requires skilled micro-organisms including
could be superstars, but they are burning eyes and red or itchy personnel to operate the plant. chlorine resistant pathogens
not being given the chance,” said skin. In some cases the fabric of The swimming pool industry such as cryptosporidium.
Councillor John Walker. As well as
Nether Stowe, there are currently
only two other swimming pools in
Lichfield. The public facility is more
Institute calls for clearer guidelines on working with children
than 30 years old, has been The Institute for Sport and Recreation Management is calling for clearer guidelines to ensure that the new
criticised as being over-used and regulations on how workers can interact with children and vulnerable young adults are clear and effective
“a bit run down”. for use by sports and leisure industry.
Ralph Riley, Chief Executive at the ISRM, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the Independent
Safeguarding Authority’s guidelines and we have worked closely with them and other experts to be ready
Swimming facilities for the introduction. We do feel, however, that it is important that everyone working in the sports and
opened at Catterick leisure industry has a clear understanding of the guidelines and the implications for their application in
A £21m leisure centre with our sector. Vetting and barring procedures have to be implemented professionally and quickly without
stunning swimming facilities has causing too much disruption.”
been officially opened at Catterick Due to the complicated nature of the scheme and the many different ways in which workers can
Garrison as part of the £1bn being interact with children and vulnerable young adults, ISRM feels the new safeguards may become
invested in the base’s expansion. inconsistent and intentionally misinterpreted by some operators trying to gain a competitive
The Minister for International advantage and by those wanting to minimise the cost of checking all existing and prospective
Defence and Security, Baroness workers”.
Taylor of Bolton, was joined at the
ceremony by Richmond swimmer
Jo Jackson, who recently set a
new world record in the 400m
freestyle short course to add to
NEW WORTHING POOL ARCHITECTS
the two silver and one bronze London architects Wilkinson Eyre have won the competition to design a new swimming pool for Worthing
medals she won at the World Borough Council.
Championships in Rome. The new pool complex will include an eight lane 25 metre pool, a combined learner/diving pool, indoor
The leisure centre and library leisure pools with rapids and flumes and outdoor waters, a health and fitness centre, café, crèche and flexible
opened to the public in May. space for other activities although the precise details of the final specification will be developed as part of
Facilities include three the design and costing process.
swimming pools, a 25-metre six- The site, located next to the existing swimming pool on the seafront and close to the town centre is a
lane competition pool, a training development opportunity and the council is keen to ensure that a first class leisure facility can be provided
pool and a teaching pool. together with the subsequent mixed use development of the site vacated by the existing swimming pool
following completion.
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