PPG Industries Warns of Pool Water Quality Issues

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January 21, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Accu-Tabsystem commercial pool water treatment group of PPG Industries has announced the release of “Smooth Operator: Maintenance & Training Best Practices,” the second in a series of informational advisories.

“Smooth Operator” details findings from a recent survey of commercial swimming pool owners and operators in the United States that suggest staff and personnel responsible for maintaining and operating pools may lack adequate water quality equipment training, according to a news release. Data from the survey indicates that 20% of pool owners and operators questioned had to shut down their facilities due to a concern over water quality. Of these owners and operators, 76% cited the equipment they use to regulate water quality as being difficult to operate.

“If the equipment that regulates water quality is operated inconsistently, operators may be unknowingly putting their patrons at risk for recreational water illnesses,” said Rick Ferguson, PPG commercial development manager for Accu-Tab chlorination systems. “However, if pool owners and operators take a year-round approach to maintenance and training at their facilities, they will likely decrease incidences of having poor water quality and avoid shutdowns.”

The advisory provides seasonal action steps that can be implemented to make pool maintenance and operator training an ongoing process. Included in the action steps are recommendations for staff-certification programs.

To learn more about maintenance and training best practices for recreational water facilities, and for a complete list of recommended action steps and additional survey findings, download “Maintenance & Training Best Practices: Smooth Operator” at

Accu-Tab System Advisories are informational bulletins highlighting issues important to the recreational water industry. Their information and corresponding action steps are based on surveys of qualified commercial pool owners and operators throughout the United States, as well as health inspectors and other relevant populations.

Part of the Accu-Tab System Advisor Series from PPG, these advisories are designed to help commercial pool owners and operators make informed decisions in operating their recreational water facilities more safely, effectively and efficiently. For more information about the Accu-Tab System, visit

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit

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