Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel recently opened a brand new waterpark, SoundWaves, marketed as the city’s only resort water experience.
The park’s website calls it “an unexpected aquatic attraction for hotel guests that unites extraordinary environments, exclusive upscale amenities and relaxing water features with energetic rides, immersive music and an indoor/outdoor oasis for people of all ages to enjoy.”
Sounds pretty cool, right? The team at Aqua Pure Solutions is excited to try it out but also wanted to understand a little more about the water being used.
Have you ever wondered how public pools or waterparks, particularly the more complex and expansive ones, keep their water clean, clear, and splash-friendly for the whole family?
The answer, of course, begins with chlorine.
Chlorine is cited as the most effective method for cleaning and purifying public pools, but there are certain strains of bacteria that are resistant to the chemical or require higher concentrations of it for effective treatment.
It’s a delicate balance, however, as exposure to high levels of chlorine can be irritating or even dangerous.
Chemical treatment and extensive filtration systems are the main tools at work when it comes to keeping pools and waterparks clean.
Additionally, large parks like SoundWaves typically utilize a water recycling system where nearly all of the water running through the pools is cleaned, filtered, and reused within the park.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), public swimming pools are inspected monthly, and these reports are made available at local health departments.
The reports are also required to be posted on-site, so visitors can see scores for themselves.
With any large operation, it’s expected that a tried and true cleaning system be in place.
That expectation makes it easy to take safety and cleanliness for granted, especially in a swimming pool where the water often looks and smells clean.
In addition to checking out the health reports published at your local swimming pools, you can take extra precautions by testing the water yourself.
The TDH recommends swimmers use pool test strips to check the PH levels of their favorite venues (the ideal number is 7.4). Free test kits can be requested at the Water Quality and Health Council, or purchased wherever pool supplies are sold.
Next time you head to your local pool or waterpark, keep these simple precautions in mind. Swimming is a wonderful recreational activity, but like anything else, it’s important to keep health and safety a top priority.
Did you know we can also test the water at your house? Contact us today for a free in-home water test.