January 31st, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Severe Drought Hits California

2013 was the third year in a row in which California didn’t receive sufficient rainfall. This has led to drought so severe that several rural communities in the state are in danger of a severe water shortage within a few months.

The rainy season usually runs from October through March, but it’s been so low that on January 17, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency. On January 27, reservoirs were at 61% of the average. At the end of last year,the mountain snow-pack was at 20% of the usual normal; the mountain snow-pack supplies most of the state’s water.

Due the drought, as much as 500,000 acres may remain unplanted because farmers won’t have enough water to produce a harvest. Find out more about the impact the drought is having on different industries by checking out Bloomberg’s article here.

January 31st, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

StainTrine Stain Remover

Applied Biochemists StainTrine stain remover has a fast-acting formula that performs two jobs in one. It removes stains already in your pool and prevents new ones from forming. StainTrine quickly removes or lightens existing stain and scale while protecting your equipment with chelating agents. The best part is that you can swim immediately after application!

Features include fast removal of most stains, a professional strength formula, and no testing is required. Staintrine’s formula prevents colored water and scale buildup on filters, pumps, and piping.

To use apply 16 oz per 10,000 gallons of pool water as close to the affected area as possible. Staintrine is compatible with chlorine, bromin, biaguanide and salt water sanitizing systems.

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January 30th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Loki Utility Net with Handle

These Loki Utility Nets are designed to tackle your toughest maintenance needs. The utility nets feature Loki’s unique Monorail aluminum that encases the netting inside the hoop to make it last longer and more durable.

The small, soft mesh, knot-less netting is strong yet gentle. They can handle whatever you need them for, whether it’s handling your fish or skimming for leaves or algae.

The nets have a 4′ handle for a longer reach. They also feature Monorail aluminum bows that encase the netting inside the hoop and a shallow, flat-bottom net that allows you to easily handle fish. It has a flat-front bow that makes it easier to maneuver in pond corners, aquariums or holding tanks.

The utility nets are available in 12″ x 13″ and 16″ x 16″.

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Loki Nets Utility Net

January 30th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Pool Pro Jailed for Reckless Endangerment

It might seem a little crazy that a pool service guy was arrested for second-degree reckless endangerment for doing his job, but you might change your mind after knowing what happened.

On the morning of January 9, in Norwalk, Connecticut, Alfredo Bahena-Benitez drained the water from an in-ground pool located at 1 Westview Ln with a hose and ran the hose to the edge of Flaxhill Avenue. By doing so, he discharged the water into the roadway; just uphill of a dangerous “S” turn.

Bahena-Benitez inadvertently caused multiple accidents with that simple action. When officers arrived, they found a 69-year old woman behind the wheel of a Subaru that had spun 180 degrees and struck the guardrail on the other side of the road.

Shortly after, a Jeep Liberty spun out while braking and was then hit by a Subaru Forester which caused it to spin again. Thankfully there were no injuries in the two crashes.

A third accident occurred when a Nissan Rogue struck the Jeep Liberty then struck the DPW plow truck attempting to apply salt to the roadway. The driver of the Nissan Rogue was taken to the hospital for her injuries and was released later in the day.

Investigating officers determined that Bahena-Benitez’ actions were responsible for the accidents. They summoned him back to the scene and promptly arrested and charged him with second-degree reckless endangerment.

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Pool Pro Arrested for Reckless Endangerment

Photo Courtesy Norwalk Police

January 29th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

MP Tool

To make adjusting MP Rotators easier, Hunter Industries has  the MP Tool accessory for them It allows you to adjust the radius and arc in one convenient orange tool.

This little orange MP Tool is perfect for adjusting the rotators without getting yourself soaked from head to toe! Using the MP Tool is more efficient than using your hand because your hand blocks your view of the rotator and the stream. The tool has a hole in the middle that allows you to watch the stream as you adjust the settings.

Contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com for more info!

MP Tool

January 29th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Chemical Leak in West Virginia

On January 9th there was a chemical leak in West Virginia. MCHM, or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, spilled into the Elk River which prompted West Virginia to ban the use of tap water for 300,000 people in the Charleston area. The chemical leak consisted of approximately 10,000 gallons.

West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection is unsure how much of the chemical actually spilled into the river. To be on the safe side, residents were forced to stop using water for as long as 10 days in some places except for flushing the toilet.

Early Ray Tomblin, the West Virginia Governor, ordered Freedom Industries, the company in charge, to remove all of its above-ground storage tanks. We hope the issue is soon resolved so that the affected residents can use tap water without needing to fear for their health.

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Chemical Leak

Photo: Foxtrot101/Thinkstock

January 28th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

USA Swimming

USA Swimming governs the sport of swimming in the US. They are an organization that promotes the culture of swimming “by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education.” The organization’s main goals are building the base, promoting the sport, and succeeding competitively.

Build the Base

USA Swimming seeks to expand their membership in order to share swimming.

Promote the Sport

They want to make the public more aware of swimming and its benefits, and hopefully gain more members.

Achieve Competitive Success

USA Swimming  selects and trains our Olympic Teams. Their victories in competition inspire our nation to continue pursuing this incredible sport.

Find out more about USA Swimming and what they do four nation by checking out their website.

 USA Swimming

January 28th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Kreepy Krauly Racer Pressure Side Cleaner

The new Kreepy Krauly Racer is here! It cleans 30% faster than any other pressure-side cleaners giving you plenty of time to relax in your super clean pool!

The Racer uses 1/3 more power which allows it to clean faster, has a 40% larger vacuum intake, and a built-in rotating brush to help scrub dirt and debris. The cleaner cleans efficiently whether it’s going forward or backwards It also has some fancy Nite Cruize LED lights that let you keep an eye on the Racer while it cleans at night.

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January 27th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Summer Blend Food Staple

It might not seem like it, but summer will be here in a few months. When it does get here, it’s recommended to feed your fish more frequently. Legacy’s Summer Staple is the perfect blend of animal protein and color enhancers to keep your Koi and Goldfish looking their best.

The Summer Blend contains vitamin C along with color enhancers that are made up of astahanthin, spirulina and krill-all. The fish should be feed 3 days a week. No need to worry though, it won’t cloud the water so you can watch your gorgeous fish swim to their hearts’ content.

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Summer Blend

January 27th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Project Rainmaker Brings Water to Africa

Project41′s director, Andy Pierce, came up with Project Rainmaker. According to their website, “Project41 develops tools that empower the poor to lift themselves out of poverty.”

While volunteering in Haiti, Pierce saw a small hand pump  drawing about 5 gallons a minute from a rain-capture system. Brainstorming and researching, he saw people utilizing a bike to power a centrifugal pump. Eventually, he rigged a pedal-powered pool pump that delivered about 50 gallons a minute to the health center in Uganda where it was installed. That’s when it was decided Project Rainmaker could also be used for agricultural purposes.

Project Rainmaker is a human-powered irrigation that draws water from a nearby source via a pool pump powered by someone pedaling a free-standing bicycle.As arduous as it sounds, it’s better than transporting water by the bucketful from a river to the crops.

Check out Project41′s website for more information on this incredible irrigation project.