POOLaide Webinar: Planning to Reopen - Pool Operations after an Emergency Closure

POOLaide Webinar: Planning to Reopen - Pool Operations after an Emergency Closure

Brent Miller
March 27, 2020

This webinar is meant to get you thinking about how you're going to reopen your swimming pool once you hear the word "GO!" Expectations will be high, timelines will be short, are you ready? 

Powerpoint Slides


Brent Miller
Brent has 20 years of aquatic experience, starting as a lifeguard/instructor and eventually finding his passion in the mechanical room. For the past 13 years at  Automated Aquatics Canada Ltd., Brent’s helped pool operators optimize their water quality. Brent was recently appointed to the Filtration & Circulation Committee for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC).

The COVID-19 Pandemic has helped Brent spend more time at home developing his craft skills under the supervision of his toddlers, specializing in finger painting & googly eye paper monsters.

Show Notes

00:00 early start with Katie Crysdale

39:07 Welcome 

47:15 Presentation

1:33:30 Q & A 

1:57:50 Conclusion


The Redwoods Group

Aquatic Safety Resource Library (Thee Redwoods Group)

March 23 webinar recording & show notes 

March 25 webinar recording & show notes

Aquatics Tribe Crisis Connection 

ALIVE Solutions Inc. 

Scary Times Success Manual 

Scary Times Resources

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Ltd. Email Signup

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (Facebook)

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (Instagram)

Online Certified Pool Operator (CPO) classes - Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly National Swimming Pool Foundation) 


Complete POOLaide Webinar schedule

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Coronavirus Resources

Preventing Unintentional Chemical Injection (American Chemistry Council video)

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Class Playlist
(Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Ltd.)

Is It Ok to Pee in the Pool? (video) 
How combined chlorine (CC) and chloramines form from contaminants like pee (urea).

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

Canadian pool regulations by province

American pool regulations by state/region

COVID survival rates on surfaces, including Stainless Steel (New England Journal of Medicine) 

Clean and Disinfect Your Facility: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)

Maintaining Public Aquatic Facilities (Pool & Hot Tub Alliance)

Chloramines: Safe Work Practices (WorkSafe B.C.)



Clarification re: retaining water without circulation: 

  • Add unstabilized chlorine to achieve FAC of 20 ppm (pH maintained during the chlorine increase) and allow circulation to run for 1 turnover before shutting down.
  • Run filter circulation system and feature pumps at least one turnover per week to reduce stagnation.
  • Sample chlorine/pH during this time. N.B. High chlorine DPD/phenol red interference in effective colorimetric testing and adjust accordingly.
  • Shock chlorinate to 20 ppm again when FAC drops below 3 ppm.

Brent Miller would like to gratefully acknowledge the work of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) in the development of this webinar session. 

For the complete POOLaide webinar schedule, please click here. 


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