Maintenance of Swimming Pools in the Secondary Schools of Iowa
Bloomcamp, Patricia A.
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The problem. It was the purpose of this study to determine whether or not the Secondary Schools of Iowa were maintaining hygienically safe swimming pools. Procedure. After reviewing current professional literature, a questionnaire was prepared. The questionnaire was made up of items involved in adequate maintenance of swimming pools. The questionnaire was validated by maintenance personnel in nine of the colleges and universities of Iowa. Arter the suggestions and recommendations of the validating institutions were compiled, a revised questionnaire and letter of transmittal were sent to the forty-five secondary schools with swimming pools. Forty of the questionnaires were completed and returned. Findings. A wide range of swimming pool maintenance procedures, ranging from pools that are very well maintained to those that illustrate careless maintenance, was observed. At the present time the majority of the swimming pools in the forty reporting schools are adequately maintained. However, the following areas deserve attention: (1) Over one half of the maintenance personnel have not had any chemistry background; (2) There is no definite method of training maintenance personnel; and (3) The majority of the maintenance personnel do not have a true understanding of the filter system.
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