POOLaide Webinar: Indoor Pool Air Quality: Modern Research & Practical Solutions

Brent Miller 
March 26, 2021 

Your pool doesn’t have to smell like a pool!  Follow your nose to a session that summarizes the issue of indoor pool air quality with guidance from modern research & best practices.  The discussion will include information on strategies and technologies that can improve any pool. This session is suitable for all aquatic professionals; no previous pool operations experience is required. 

Brent Miller has 20 years of aquatics experience, starting as a lifeguard/instructor and eventually finding his passion in the mechanical room.  For the past 14 years as an employee at Automated Aquatics Canada, Brent has had the privilege to help pool operators across Western Canada to optimize their pool water treatment.  In addition to being a professional smeller of pool air, Brent’s skills include assessing the risk of getting stuck on pool drain covers and figuring out how well a pool system can filter out poop particles.    

In 2020 Brent served on the filtration/circulation technical support committee for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) and was an observer member for the PHTA-7 Standard Writing Committee (anti-entrapment avoidance).  Pool air quality has always been a subject Brent has been interested in and has followed the research for several years.  With new technology to allowing for quicker pool side testing of trichloramine in the air, Brent has been able to implement testing plans and control strategies to give insight and results for successful air quality management.   

 All 2021 POOLaide Webinars are available on our YouTube Channel.

Show Notes

Presentation Slides

00:00 Early start with Katie Crysdale

18:08 Welcome 

20:23 Presentation

1:55:25 Q & A


Planning to Reopen  - Pool Operations After an Emergency Closure (2020 POOLaide Webinar)

The Novel Application of a Sweet Technique: Using the Artificial Sweetener, Acesulfame, as an Indicator of Urine in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs (2021 POOLaide Webinar)

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (YouTube)

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Playlist (YouTube)

Why Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Training?

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

"Not one more: Why pool professionals still need to talk about entrapment prevention" (PoolPro)

WorkSafe BC Chloramines Standard

Is it ok to pee in the pool?

ASHRAE: Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

Automated Aquatics Trichloramine Audit Brochure

German DIN 19643-1 Standard: Treatment of water of swimming pools and baths


CDC Healthy Swimming

"Breakpoint Chlorination Won't Fix Indoor Air Quality" (Aquatics International)

"Quantification of continual anthropogenic pollutants released in swimming pools" (Water Research)

Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG)

"Definition and quantification of initial anthropogenic pollutant release in swimming pools" (Water Research)

"Pilot Test on Pre-Swim Hygiene as a Factor Limiting Trihalomethane Precursors in Pool Water by Reducing Organic Matter in an Operational Facility" (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

"Impact of Different Combinations of Water Treatment Processes on the Concentration of Disinfection Byproducts and Their Precursors in Swimming Pool Water" (Environmental Science & Technology) 

Combined Chlorine: Understanding it & getting rid of it Technical Note 61 (PWTAG)