Algae is the most commonly noted problem in swimming pools worldwide. This class takes a deep dive into this little green pain in the ass and includes information from my field studies and lab research. I've uncovered some new info and have stomped on some beliefs that can now be called myths.
My approach looks at the system as a whole, everything from environmental factors to the calcium hardness level (yes - that matters). A greater understanding of swimming pool algae gives you the tools to potentially increase profits by decreasing chemical and workforce expenses. This is the only program in the swimming pool industry focusing on preventing and eradicating green, mustard, black algae, and more.
- Algae Myths
- Environmental Factors
- The Role Water Chemistry Plays
- Conditions Different Algae Types Prefer
- The Influence of Filtration & Circulation
- Characteristics of Algae Species
- Algastats and Algaecides
- And More!
"Rudy, your field samples are very interesting – and rare. There is almost nothing published on the varieties of algae in pools... If you focus on black "algae," you will be the first person in nearly 40 years to document it. That would be really, really cool." - Dr. Roy D. Vore, Ph.D., Microbial physiologist, Senior Consultant, Vore & Associates, previously Technology Manager, BioLab inc.
"Fascinating!!!" - Dr. Tom Lachocki. Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Executive Legacy LLC, previously Chief Executive Officer, National Swimming Pool Foundation
“Interesting Rudy. I think it points to the importance of conducting a larger study where a number of pools are sampled to look for trends and how and if the trends correlate to certain pool parameters (indoor vs. outdoor, disinfectant used, maintenance schedule, typical swimmer profile, etc.). It also demonstrates the importance of validating the efficacy of a product in a field trial(s). At the end of the day, the best approach may be tailored treatment plans that are optimized for each pools, similar to the "personalized medicine" trend. Good work!” - Darla Goeres Ph.D., Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University