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NEWS Don’t Pee In Pools – Whatever The Olympians Say


That’s the message from the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) who highlight that there have been recent articles both in newspapers and online suggesting that it’s ok to pee in swimming pools. It started with Michael Phelps and fellow Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte admitting they did it. Everyone does, they said, no harm in it. Then more recently the Sense about Science website endorsed the Olympians’ casual approach. Urine, their tame biochemist said, is “essentially sterile so there isn’t actually anything to kill… chlorine just prevents bacteria from growing in the pool. Peeing in a swimming pool, even if all swimmers do it simultaneously, has very little


impact on the composition of the pool water itself.” This was picked up by newspapers, who ran the Olympians’s line again. This line is just part of the story and misleads bathers about the issue. Even if healthy urine doesn’t contain any potentially harmful microorganisms, it is still bad news for pool water. The urea in urine is broken down into ammonia and other compounds by the chlorine that is in the water to kill bugs. In that process disinfection by-products are produced. It is these that give bad pools the distinctive ‘chlorine’ smell that can also irritate eyes and lungs. That has to be dealt with by the pool operator. And that’s not all. The more urine (and


Innovative Lighting Enhances Pool Looks


Pioneering pool designers Guncast have recently finished one of their most lavish pools to date, complete with spa, hot tub and advanced fibre lighting system.


The installation of an impressive lighting system can dramatically enhance the look of a swimming pool. Over the years, Guncast have worked alongside many specialist lighting consultants to produce distinctive pools with well-designed lighting systems, which can completely transform the ambience of a home swimming pool.


Fibre optic lighting for swimming pools and underwater pool lighting have become more than functional additions and Guncast brought in lighting consultants, Light Projects UK to help with the lighting at this project in Windsor, one of their most recent projects to date.


Using a Roblon system imported from Denmark, the pool was


fitted with a sophisticated range of fibre optics, allowing for coloured mood settings which create different atmospheres – from relaxing purple or light green for a calm spa atmosphere to bright white for children’s pool parties, which also adds an element of safety for the evenings. With so many options, Guncast listen to clients’ needs and ensure their requirements are incorporated into the design. Guncast MD, Jack Harding, commented: “It’s great having the opportunity to challenge ourselves to produce totally innovative design ideas, whilst still maintaining Guncast’s extremely high pool building standards. It’s been a delight working with Light Projects UK, who helped design the advanced lighting system.”


Guncast 0870 241 0736 www.guncast.com


Light Projects UK 020 7231 8282 www.lightprojects.co.uk


Big Splash At Aquatics Centre With Arrival Of Diving Boards


The next phase in the construction of the Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village has been reached with the delivery of its Olympic standard diving boards. The centre is the North East of Scotland’s premier sports facility and is on schedule to open in early 2014. When open, it will include a ten lane 50 metre pool and a 25 metre pool with full elite diving facilities.


David Beattie, Chief Executive at Aberdeen Sports


Village said: “The arrival of the boards marks a significant development to the interior of the building and highlights the progress being made at the Centre. “At Aberdeen Sports Village, we are dedicated to ensuring everyone is free to enjoy sport at every level, so we are thrilled to be able to provide a facility that will offer high quality swimming and diving facilities to both members of the local community and top quality athletes.


“The boards will mean everyone from world-class divers, training for future Olympics and Commonwealth events, to children from local schools learning to dive for the first time will be able to use and benefit from the facilities.” When open, the Aquatics Centre will be one of only two Olympic standard facilities in Scotland.


Main contractor GRAHAM Construction is leading the building of the £22m project.


Eddie Higgins, Project Manager at GRAHAM Construction, said: “The design, manufacture, delivery and installation of the diving boards proved a real challenge and required special heavy haulage vehicles for each in dividual board, and a 500 tonne crane to install the platforms.


“After successfully completing the integrity testing of the pool, erecting the steelworks and now having the diving boards on site in only six months, we are on schedule for the next phase which is to ensure the building is wind and water tight.” The Aquatics Centre is a joint project between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland.


16 April 2013 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


other pollutants) introduced to the pool by bathers, the less chlorine is available to kill potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. Then more has to be introduced, to replace that used dealing with the urine. So bathers should pee before they swim – not during – and also shower thoroughly first, removing sweat, cosmetics and other nuisance pollutants, some of which could contain bugs and most of which react with chlorine. The cleaner the swimmers are when they get in, the less chemicals have to be used.


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