About 40 years ago when I began my career in aquatics I was quick to learn the importance of keeping swimming pool water crystal clear. And back then it wasn’t as easy as it is now; we hand fed pools with chlorine and tested the water chemistry manually as well. Nearly half a century later, I’m still consulted on drowning cases where non-swimming children have disappeared in the deep end of the pool but no one can recover, rescue or resuscitate the kids because they can’t find them. Simply stated, cloudy water should no longer be a topic of discussion in aquatics. Keeping swimming pool water clear is not a difficult task: test the water chemistry at least three times a day and keep the chlorine levels up.
Although many people blame poor filtration for cloudy water, it’s most often a lack of oxidation provided by the chlorine. Hopefully the MAHC will improve water quality and clarity. The MAHC not only strongly recommends Certified Pool Operators (CPOs) for every pool but also calls for continuing education of pool operators. And last but not least, if you can’t see the bottom drain clearly, close the pool immediately!!! No it’s not rocket science, but too many pools in this country let their water chemistry get out of whack and cloudy water is often the result, but the pool remains open! Whenever you see a cloudy pool, whether it be a hotel pool, an apartment pool, or even a residential pool, first teach the owner/operator how to keep the water clear, then recommend additional education and training through the many and varied pool operator courses that are available throughout the country.