The IAKS online conference held last week was a great success. In a public forum expert panelists from around the world discussed future challenges of pool developments in light of our current COVID-19 conditions. Expertise was drawn on from the different disciplines of architecture, engineering, and operations. As part of the engineering panel of experts, Tom Devin says, “for a swimming pool with a properly designed water treatment system, operated in accordance with the PWTAG updated technical notes on disinfection, the pool water presents negligible or no risk of Covid-19 infection”.
Some of the key messages from the conference were:
- PWTAG has published 6 new technical notes addressing various aspects of pool operation under Covid-19
- Ventilation should ideally be 100% fresh air
- This ventilation approach may drop the pool hall humidity below the normal level
- Additional heat may be required to maintain the pool hall temperature.