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Tokyo Olympic Games Will Tout New Swimming Pool

Two 2016 Olympic Game swimming pools attracted international attention when they turned green, deeming one of the pools unfit for competition until the water was drained and replaced.

The situation did not look good for the Olympic Game hosts in Rio de Janeiro, as we noted in a previous blog post; however, they were able to remedy the situation in time for the synchronized swimming competition. According to an article published by CNN, this involved replacing almost 1 million gallons of water.

Although they are almost four years away, the 2020 Olympic Games—and the aquatic facilities—are already looking better for swimmers who plan to compete. According to multiple news sources, the international swimming association, known as FINA, is promising swimmers they will not see a repeat situation of what happened in Rio last summer, as the 2020 hosts in Tokyo, Japan, are springing for a new swimming facility that will seat at least 15,000 spectators.

The situation that occurred in Rio is an urgent reminder of how important it is to properly maintain and care for a swimming facility, as murky water can leave a lasting impression, particularly for businesses like hotels where perception of the facility can impact business.

For several brief tips on how to keep the murk out of the water and your pool in tip-top shape, click here.


Reasons for a Proper Pool Closing

Reminding clients that it’s time for them to close up shop until next season is not one of the more fun parts of my job; however, it is extremely important. That’s right: As the fall winds and rainstorms start to roll in, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about draining the water and closing down your pool until next swim season.

While it may be tempting to leave the water in the pool for a little bit longer, here are three reasons why you should contact your local pool maintenance provider sooner rather than later:


I realize this is one topic we bring up time and time again: installing a pool cover, which is part of the pool closing process. This step will prevent children, animals, or even adults from accidentally falling in the pool. Water or no water—an accidental slip-and-fall can be dangerous, or even fatal, for both people and animals, and covering the pool is the best way to keep the area sealed and safe.


Chicago homeowners often fall victim to Chicago’s harsh weather—thunderstorms, tornados, snowstorms, and even heavy wind. This also means Chicago homes are often victims, and it’s not uncommon for them to experience some damage thanks to Mother Nature

Going through the motions of a proper pool closing can help to protect your pool. Properly draining, covering, and closing up the pool until next summer will help to keep it free of debris and other damage that could result from tumultuous weather.

Protecting Your Equipment 

Exposure to extreme temperatures can really do a number on your pool equipment. Proper swimming pool closure will help to protect your pool’s equipment, especially during those frigid months, which will save you money and a huge headache in the long run.




When Green Isn't Good

A green swimming pool, no matter the cause for it, is never a good sign. Clean and clear water is a sign of a healthy pool, and it’s important to maintain that water quality at all times.

This summer, Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were questioned when two swimming pools designated for competition turned green and needed to be drained. Not only did this bring the health and quality of the pool under scrutiny, but it also created a rather embarrassing situation for the Olympic host country.

It doesn’t matter whether a swimming pool is a large Olympic-size pool designated for a world stage or a small family-size pool that sits in a backyard—the color of the swimming pool water should never be green.

There are a number of factors that can cause pool water to turn green. An article on SFGATE lists pH balance, clogged filters, and proper maintenance as several of the reasons. In the case of Rio, it’s possible an accidental chemical mixture caused the pool to turn color, according to The New York Times.

Sunset Pools and Spas has some tips for keeping swimming pool water crystal clear, such as opening and closing your pool during the proper times of year—when the water is no higher than 65 degrees—to prevent algae growth in the water. Additionally, cleaning the pool and checking the water chemistry regularly will help to ensure top water quality.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that nobody wants to swim in a green or murky pool. Nor should they have to. Do your friends, family and swimming pool guests a favor by keeping up with proper pool maintenance year round.