Pool Air Quality

Team Administrator Williams

As pool users, many of you are aware of our ongoing efforts to improve the air quality within the Y’s natatorium. We believe we have taken significant steps to improve the air quality but you should know we are still aiming for even better air standards. The Y’s Board of Directors has been extremely supportive in our efforts. The learning curve has been difficult because there are currently no local, state or federal measurement standards for acceptable tri-chloramines levels, and there is also no automatic test to measure actual tri-chloramine levels. We have jumped into unchartered waters to understand what the optimal operating procedures should be during our peak usage time. We have found the hours of 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. to be the time frame when users have been affected the most.

At this time, we are confident we are nearing our full solution and felt it important to bring you up to speed to what has been done and what is on the immediate horizon.

· An outside air modeling consultant was hired and continues to help the Y better understand the air patterns. Multiple scenarios have been modeled and tested.

· We have required that everyone take showers before entering the pool.

· The architect for the pool has been brought in to help with the process.

· The Paddock benches have been installed to help exhaust the tri-chloramines and the amount of outside air was increased.

· During peak hours (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.), the pool is being purged every 30 minutes to increase the amount of outside air to help exhaust the tri-chloramines.

· During the month of March, we will be adding an Activity Mode to our Dectron system which will enhance the consistent flow of outside air coming into the natatorium as well as to exhaust additional tri-chloramines.

The Y has committed to improving the air quality for members and staff to the best of our ability.

If you have additional questions or comments, please contact Pat Riemersma, CEO, at 203-226-8985 or priemersma@westporty.org.