Renovation of Commercial Swimming Pools

The Problem

Commercial pools must be operated to a standard that completely protects the health of every user - irrespective of whether they are employees, contractors or members of the paying public.

Commercial pools include: Swim School pools Sport and Health Club pools Holiday Camp pools Hotel pools Municipal pools Pools that are shared between Accommodation Units

The following types of facility are included: Outdoor pools Indoor pools Spa pools or Hot Tubs (Designed for sitting or lying up to the neck in 30 to 40 C temperature)

Every Operator of every commercial pool is faced with the requirement on the one hand to maintain safety and on the other hand to reduce costs to maintain the economic viability of the facility - that is the PROBLEM

Bather Satisfaction

If the water in a pool is sparkling, the air quality in the facility is fresh and there is nothing that bathers can complain / worry about they will return time and time again. If the water is cloudy, the air is dank and there is a background odour odour of chlorine they will never come back!

So How Can Commercial Pool Operators improve their Air & Water Quality and at the same time reduce their Pool Running Costs ???

Bluepools provides just a Service that will:

• Improve the visual attractiveness of the facility

• Drastically improve air and water quality

• Reduce heating costs

• Reduce Chemical Purchase costs

• Eliminate the necessity to use a swimming pool maintenance contractor.

It is based on the following Process whereby Bluepools undertakes an Inspection and then provides a Report as follows:-

Bluepools Report on ABC Pool at AB1 2CD

Proposal and Report

After a request to provide a Proposal has been received Bluepools will provide a Report that is tailored for each project but will generally be in the following format.

The Consultant

The Consultant Bluepools Ltd is a highly experienced and qualified swimming pool consultant and has been asked to carry out an inspection and provide a report on the condition of the swimming pools, pool plant and equipment at XYZ The Inspection will be carried out by Mr Will Witt B.Eng. C.Eng. M.I.C.E. during week commencing ?/?/20?? (See the Bluepools Story)

Swimming and Spa Pool Regulations

It is understood that the facilities at ?????? were built in ????????? and so the pools and equipment are approximately ?? years old. It should be noted that there are no statutory requirements for the quality of swimming pool water in Commercial Pools in the UK. The industry generally follows the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (known as the PWTAG) Code of Practice. This is not mandatory and many swimming pools are currently in use that do not meet the standards recommended in this Code of Practice.

So the Report will identify the elements of the existing pool plant and equipment that do not currently meet the recommendations of the PWTAG Code of Practice with regard to water and air quality in indoor pools. The operational management recommendations of the PWTAG Code of Practice will also need to be met when the pool has been renovated.

The HSE document HSG179 Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools is also relevant and the detailed requirements of this document will need to be be considered during the Detailed Design Phase of the renovation project.

Both HSE and PWTAG have recently publsihed the following documents:

• Management of Spa Pools - Controlling the Risks of Infection (HSE)

• Hot Tubs for Business (PWTAG)

No doubt these documents will soon become the standard for the design and operation of such faciliities and all existing facilities covered by these documents will have to be upgraded.

If any renovation project needs Building Regulation Approval the requirements of the Disability Diiscrimination Act may also need to be taken into account during the Detailed Design Phase of the project.

Purpose of Inspection

An initial inspection by an experienced pool consultant without any invasive excavation of the structure or testing of concrete, pumps and pipework etc. will identify most, if not all, of the issues that might effect the economic viability of the swimming pool in the short and long term. However the inspection may also indicate that further testing on concrete density, reinforcement cover, depth of carbonisation, degree of chloride attack is necessary to confirm the probable remaining useful life of the pool structure. The inspection will also identify any Health and Safety Issues as these can have high risk implications and can be very costly to correct.

Buried pipework may also need to be tested before it can be incorporated into the renovation works. The bathing loads that are currently in place may require a much shorter pool water turnover period than is currently being provided. The water treatment system may also be inadequate as chlorine is very limited in its ability to remove Cryptosporidium and coagulation dosing may be appropriate.

Feedback from the Client will also be necessary to tenable the Consultant to identify the appropriate Development Options during Renovation.

The purpose of the inspection and report will be to identify the areas of concern that do not currently meet the recommendations of the PWTAG and HSE documents and to identify the reasons for any particular problems that have been expereinced by the Operator as follows:-

• To inspect the indoor pool and pool hall facilities and report on their current condition and fitness for use. • To identify any pool plant and equipment that does not comply with the PWTAG Code of Practice recommendations and provide an estimate of the cost of replacement.

• To identify the pool plant and equipment that could be be replaced by more economical equipment and provide an estimate of the cost.

• To identify any operational Health and Safety issues and recommend how they should be addressed

The Report

A Draft Report will be submiited to the Client in digital pdf format within 10 working days of the Inspection. Bluepools will respond to queries, amend the report and return to the Client within 5 working days of receipt of the comments.

The fee for the report depends on the complexity of the installation and will range from about £1000 + VAT for an average size outdoor pool up to several thousand for a multiple pool and spa complex

To see a typical report prepared by Bluepools see Sample Report

Development Options

The Bluepools reports will normally include two basic Options.

Option No 1 will have the objective of reducing the overall running costs and improvement of water quality but not general facility improvement that will increase the attractiveness of the facility to users.

Option No 2 will examine how the facility can be additionally improved for instance by the installation of water features, spa pools, better quality paving and the changing of a freeboard pool into a deck level pool etc.

The capital costs and running costs of both options will be provided in a tabular format that identifies the cost and benefits from each element of both options..

Quotation for the Pool Renovation

The Client will consider the findings of the Report and if a decision to proceed with the Renovation Project is made Bluepools will submit a Quotation for the preferred Option as follows.

The Quote will be broken down with the cost of each element and the labour cost identified as seperate items.

• Emptying the pool

• The removal and replacement of existing through wall equipment

• Inspection and reinstatement of pool floor and walls

• Installation of new liner Removal of old plant from plant room

• Installation of new filtration system

• Installtion of new dosing systems

• Installation of new Air Handling system

• Installation of new water heating system

• Installation of new plant for the Spa

• Installation of new Control Panel(s)

• Refilling of Pool

• Commissioning of the Pool

• The training of the Clients lifeguards in the care and maintenance of the pool systems

The water disinfection system will be based on minimising the use of chemicals by constantly circulating the pool water through an Ultra Violet water treatment unit. The minimal chlorine levels will be maintained by automatic chlorine pH monitoring and dosing systems that will be monitored by Bluepools via the Internet as monitoring and backup of the work being carried out by the trained lifeguards (See below)

The Renovation Works

The Renovation work will be carried out in there Phases as follows:

Phase 1 - Detailed Design

Bluepools will provide a Folio of Drawings and Schedules that includes the following:

• Details of any building works that will will need to be carried out by a local builder working under the supervision of Bluepools

• Through the Wall equipment details including deck level drainage and balance tank if the pool is being upgraded from freeboard to deck level type

• Plant room equipment layout

• Piping Schematics Filtration and Water treatment Specification

• Control Panel details and electrical schematics

• A Schedule of Works including the proposed pool closure and reopening dates

Bluepools will proceed with Phase 2 after the Client has approved the Phase 1 Drawings

Phase 2 - Installation and Commissioning

Bluepools will carry out the works in accordance with the detailed Proposals provided in Phase 1 using a specialist sub-contractor. Bluepools will commission the pool and hand it over to the Client.

Phase 3 - Training of Lifeguards and Pool Maintenance

Rebecca Witt of Bluepools is a Palm Academy approved trainer of Pool Technicians. During the first month of the renovated pool being in use she will attend as required to train the nominated liifeguards in the operation and maintenance of the pool.

The Quotation will include the monitoring service for 12 months after the pool has been ccmmisiioned .

Bluepools will the provide a fee based service for continuing with the ongoing training of lifeguards and the monitoring of the pool water quality ....... And the Pool Operator will never have to use an unreliable pool maintance contractor ever again!!!