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Editor’sLetter APR 2012 SPN


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ater is on a lot of people’s minds at the moment – or the shortage of it at least. The difference between a Drought Order and a temporary water use ban (hosepipe ban), together with misinformation from water companies giving out worryingly misleading information telling customers they can’t fill their hot tubs after 5 April has caused a good deal of unnecessary worry. The facts are undeniable and reassuring. Hot tubs have never been included in any restricted use of water.


Defra, the UK government department responsible for water resources in England, have made that very clear. It has also said swim spas are exempt from water restrictions.


SPATA has been given that reassurance in writing. Swimming pools are slightly more difficult. It sounds daft but the hosepipe is the problem. So if owners can creatively think of a way of topping up pools without using a hosepipe then that seems to be acceptable.


The list of exemptions in the regulations says that pools under construction can also legally be filled. The problem over the past few weeks and one that SPATA and BISHTA have been trying to deal with urgently is that the water companies including two big players in the crucial south east


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of England, Anglian Water and Thames Water have been telling customers that hot tubs cannot be filled. The message they have been giving out is at best a misunderstanding on their part. The short term confusion is annoying. Longer term, the issue of water shortages isn’t going away and many people are rightly concerned. It doesn’t take a lot to put doubts in to people’s minds so much so they cancel a pool or spa purchase.


The Water Use (Temporary Bans) Order 2010, to give the legislation its full name, is now wrongly labelled as the ‘hosepipe ban’ but crucially it isn’t a problem for the pool and spa industry. It only becomes a worst case scenario if, or when some people suggest, we get a full Drought Order which ratchets up the restrictions dramatically and the use of water becomes so critical a pool or spa is deemed as an unnecessary luxury.


Water shortages now have the real possibility of bringing unforeseen changes to the industry. It may well cause significant changes which the industry will have to face – smaller pools, less deep end pools, more emphasis on counter- current products where the swimming experience is still possible with less volumes of water. There’s also the product development side, rainwater harvesting, and eco tank recycling systems, designed specially to help pool owners beat summer drought and water restrictions. In many parts of Europe, including France and Germany, reverse osmosis and ultra filtration products have gained in popularity in commercial pools using and adapting systems which take rejected water and recycle it back into a holding tank ready for reuse. It works and the only barrier to more pools using these systems in the UK has been costs.


As they say out of a crisis comes an opportunity for change.


Alan Lewis – Editor


Go Publishing also publishes: What Pool & Hot Tub magazine – our sister publication – is the only consumer magazine in the UK that provides the complete and crucial information that potential buyers are looking for! For more information visit the What Pool & Hot Tub website at www.whatpoolandhottubmag.co.uk


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