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spnfeature Celebrating 50 years of Swimming Pool News
Yes it is safe
Over the past 50 years one important theme has been the public’s safety
in swimming pools and spas. In 1959 there was a demand for people
who wanted to swim to do so in conditions which were comfortable,
hygienic and free from hazards. Industry guidelines were developed as
the trade re-acted responsibly to a changing world. Now in 2009 there
are still demands as the fear of entrapment, chlorine problems and
building standards offer new challenges
hen Kitty Wilkinson opened get the best of attention at all times and
W
the first public washhouse in remember the technology and design
Liverpool around 1850, she wasn’t that great either. Controls were
would not have realised just limited, the choice of products few and the
how important and widespread her idea risk factor alarmingly high.
would become. Yet ironically the swimming pool
Laundries would eventually use electric standards of today are still built on the
machinery with heated dryers and foundations laid down by the pioneers
ironing machines. Then, at the start of who passed on their knowledge from
the 20th century came the public generation to generation. Water quality
swimming pool. Most pools at first were has always been a headline safety issue. In
built with a slipper baths section and 2009 the issues are still being debated as
towels used by both swimmers and to what is the best, safest system which
bathers would be laundered on site. reassures a more discerning public. There
Male swimmers wore modesty garments are still no official standards or legislation
and mixed swimming was not introduced specifically for swimming pools. PWTAG
until the 1920s. (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group)
Hot water from the steam generated had campaigned to correct this but with
coal boilers was plentiful the year round, little support from UK authorities.
though during the winter swimming would PWTAG was established as an
cease when the pool was covered to independent entity in 1984, the same year
provide dancing and Christmas parties. the Department of the Environment Sub-
The baths manager in this era had to be Committee on the Treatment of Water in
skilled in all aspects of engineering, boiler Swimming Pools was wound up. PWTAG
maintenance, laundry, chemistry and has a membership drawn from a wide
plumbing, pool water management being range of relevant statutory, voluntary and
only a small part of his responsibility. professional organisations with an interest
The Institute of Sport and Recreation in pool water treatment and pool users. It
Management was formed in 1921 by the has a major role in the treatment and
Government’s Department of Public Health quality of public and private swimming
and began to educate their members and pool water.
share information with each other. The Today, each new swimming pool is built
Public Health Act of 1936 encouraged with the very latest technology and
local authorities to build more pools and innovation, not only in its water treatment
after World War II, as public hygiene and but its structural and aesthetic design. It all
health became more important, baths and is encompassed with sophisticated safety
ABOVE TOP: Kitty Wilkinson, imortalised in
washhouses became a fundamental part of systems and techniques which would make
a stain glass window at Liverpool Cathedral
any community. swimming pool pioneers proud men. A
ABOVE MIDDLE: An early pool plant room The pre 1960s manager in the smaller great example is the Water Cube in Beijing
town swimming pools was often the for the 2008 Olympics.
ABOVE: The splendor of a Victorian pool,
which after refurbishment, is still very much
engineer, lifeguard, cashier, swimming Every user of a swimming pool and the
in use today instructor and helped with the cleaning as staff involved in the operation still as 50
well! Understandably, the pool water didn’t years ago has the right to expect that they
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