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Bacteria Barriers: Sanitation For Today’s Pools And Spas Whether in a domestic or commercial setting, providing a clean and safe experience is a must for any pool or spa owner. When it comes to water treatment, there’s no denying that traditional methods are still popular, effective and proven, but with an ever-increasing range of alternative products and systems on offer, is there such a thing as the best solution? This issue we examine what’s available By Karen Witney


hat to use? That is the question. Should your customers opt for the tried and tested traditional methods of water sanitisation or discover the benefits of some of the more recent incomers that are now proving their worth. Destroying waterborne germs that cause illness in bathers is the reason for swimming pool sanitation. This can be achieved by adding chemicals or by an increasing number of other methods. Common sanitising chemicals include the traditional chlorinebased treatments, chlorine which is generated from salt in saltwater pools, bromine-based sanitisers, copper and silver ions, ozone gas systems and more. Sometimes it’s the water at the point of supply that is the issue but each time a bather steps into the pool or hot tub they are introducing a myriad of nasties that need to be swiftly dealt with. Even showering before bathing does not totally eliminate contaminates and effective sanitisation is the only way to be sure the water is safe and pleasant for swimmers. With a lot of options on offer, we look at what’s available for the coming season.

LO-CHLOR STARVER® X – A SOLUTION TO PHOSPHATES Launched in 2016 Lo-Chlor Starver® X has become ‘the’ phosphate remover of choice across Europe. The product efficiently reduces high levels of phosphates before switching back to using the original Lo-Chlor Starver® as the ongoing preventative maintenance treatment. This highly concentrated formulation is uniquely formulated and removes higher levels of phosphate than that of any other product. Starver® X’s features and benefits include: • Removes up to 6ppm of phosphates • Natural composition of unique polymers and rare earth compounds • Enhances water clarity within 24 hours • Increases the efficiency of all sanitisers 67-70_SPN_Feb_17_Water_Treatment.indd 67

• No need to vacuum (does not settle in the pool) • Compatible with all pool treatments and equipment. Starver® X was originally formulated for use in the domestic pool market. Its unique properties are now proven in removing phosphate in natural swimming pools, aquaria, ponds, fountains and the commercial pool market. By reducing phosphates and eliminating algae this reduces the demand for chlorine as a sanitiser, therefore pools can operate over a season with much lower levels of chlorine consumption. Manufactured in the UK by Total Water Products, Lo-Chlor Chemicals are the global Get the X-factor of efficient phosphate removal with Lo-Chlor StarverX from Total Water Products

leaders in phosphate removal and control. Starver® products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide. Total Water Products can also eliminate and prevent unwanted calcium scale with their Lo-Chlor No More Scale product which is a phosphate free formulation designed to reduce and soften scale formation on both pool interiors and salt chlorinator cells. With over 60% of the UK having hard water, many pools suffer from unwanted scale deposits on both pool surfaces and equipment. Over time this will have a detrimental effect on the pool fabric and the efficiency of salt chlorinators, heaters and filters and with the product being phosphate free, No More Scale isn’t adding unwanted phosphate to the water.

O-CARE WEEKLY SPA CARE… MORE THAN JUST A PRODUCT IN A BOX O-Care is a great water maintenance product which has taken the UK by storm since its launch at the Hot Tub Living Expo in 2015. O-Care is a water conditioner which makes water maintenance safe, soft and simple. “Once a week the product is added to the water and although we advise customers to check the pH and chlorine or bromine levels we know from experience that some never do and still have great water quality,” commented Roel Fassbender, the company’s CEO. O-Care puts focus on adding value for both

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) February 2017  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) February 2017  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...