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WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF


NSW GOVERNMENT BACKS DOWN ON POOL FENCING LAW The state government in New South Wales, Australia has been forced into an embarrassing last-minute back down on legislation forbidding the sale of homes with pools until their safety fences have been inspected. It is understood an


advertising campaign alerting consumers to the changes had already been prepared by Royal Lifesaving NSW for the laws which we due to come into effect in April. “It’s been a dog’s breakfast,” said Robert Guthrie from the Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance, an industry lobby. “This is the second time they have canned it, and the second time they have canned it within six weeks [of the deadline]. They need to get serious.”


Concerns that a drastic shortage of inspectors would stop people from legally selling or renting their homes and damage the real estate market are believed to have led local government Minister Paul Toole to announce the deadline would be extended till 2016.


KENT TO HAND OVER REINS AT TEAM HORNER


Bill Kent, owner and President of Team Horner announced recently that he will be stepping back from his role and passing the reins of all companies within the group to Mike Dooley, whose term as President will begin in April. Kent will then become the new Chairman of the board at the Florida-based group.


In addition, Kent is selling the company to his employees through an employee-owned stock plan (ESOP). Kent will be financially obligated to Team Horner until the new stock plan repays its debt for the purchase of the company. At that point, Team Horner employees will assume 100% ownership.


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Creating A Heavenly Spa With UV Disinfection


Located in Nusa Dua, Bali, Westin Resort’s luxurious Heavenly Spa includes wet treatment rooms with steam showers, a hair salon, an indoor lounge and separate male and female wet areas with salt saunas, aroma steam baths and vitality pools. Because the water treatment regime in spas is so exacting, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection is often used as it is the cleanest technology available. Not only does UV destroy microorganisms in the water, drastically reducing the need for chlorination to just a residual amount, it also breaks down the by-products of residual chlorination. This ensures the air around the spa is clear, without the nasty ‘chlorine’ smell often associated with heavily chlorinated water. Based on its extensive experience providing UV systems to high-end spas, Hanovia was selected by Barr+Wray, the main contractor, to provide the UV disinfection system. Barr+Wray also installed equipment for the pool plant and pool attractions, as well as the salt saunas, aroma steam baths and VI P steam showers. The Hanovia system features an automated wiping system that cleans the system and prevents the build-up of residues on the UV lamp.


Commenting on the installation, Hanovia’s Technical Director Mark Aston said: “Running costs are always being scrutinised by spas,


Report Highlights Potential Of Spanish Domestic Pool Sector


Spain, with 1.1 million pools, is second in Europe and fourth in the world in swimming pool ownership. This is a very large market but is made up of increasingly ageing stock. Specifically, 60% of privately- owned pools in Spain are more than ten years old and have very basic standards of equipment and accessories. Given this situation, the best opportunities for the sector lie in the renovation, maintenance and upgrading of existing installations. Added to this are the prospects of economic recovery, potentially favouring a sector whose


turnover grew by 6% in 2014 compared to 2013.


These conclusions emerge from an industry report based on the Spanish market in private pools for domestic use which was


presented recently as part of the first in a series of open-day sessions given by ASOFAP (the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors of Equipment and Chemical Products, Maintenance and Construction of Swimming Pools and Sporting Facilities), bringing together more than 150 trade professionals. The report, produced by ASOFAP and the trade show Piscina & Wellness Barcelona 2015, gathers the main figures on the industry and makes an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of the installed pool stock along with the needs of


the current owners and potential buyers of swimming pools in Spain.


The report also features the main economic figures for the swimming pool sector in Spain, which comprises 2,500 companies employing 64,000 people directly or indirectly. The national market in Spain achieved a turnover of €864m in 2014 and exports amounted to €247m. The sector’s business volume grew by 6% compared to 2013. With this report, ASOFAP – the body that represents the sector’s entire value chain in Spain (manufacturers, distributors, industrialists, constructors, maintenance personnel and other professionals) – provides information on the habits and preferences of potential buyers of swimming pool products as well as predicting trends.


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with all of them trying to maximise profits and minimise wastage. By adding UV to their water treatment regimes, they’re not only getting rid of harmful chlorine by-products, they’re also saving money and reducing the amount of chlorine used. This reduction in chlorine usage is a real benefit, as it not only reduces costs but also makes the backwash water discharge more environmentally friendly. Added to that, UV-treated water is demonstrably clearer and there is less wear and tear to building structures from unwanted chlorine by-products.”


Hanovia Ltd 01753 515300 www.hanovia.com


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