Filter media delivers crystal clear water for hydrotherapy pool

Monday, 29 May, 2017 | Supplied by: AstralPool

Founded by the retired English footballer, the Alan Shearer Activity Centre is a specialist recreational, sensory and social centre for people with disabilities, catering to a wide spectrum of need. It is the only short break centre in the north-east of England with its own on-site activity centre, set within acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

With its hydrotherapy pool having seen better days, the centre’s management set about replacing it with a £500,000 state-of-the-art facility that was bigger and better. Taking six months to design, the construction took a further six months to complete.

Twice the size of the original hydrotherapy pool, the new pool offers a mix of fun and relaxation with interactive mood lighting and water and music features. A distinctive full-length window looking out onto the beautiful grounds can be converted to opaque glass with the flick of a switch. The pool boasts an array of features, including a water cannon, air pad and swim jet.

The new hydrotherapy pool.

“The new hydrotherapy pool offers all the grandeur of a top quality spa, but it also plays a serious role in providing therapeutic benefits to disabled people of all ages,” said Mick Guthrie, MD of Whitewaters Ltd, the pool specialist which handled construction of the new pool.

Whitewaters chose OC-1 filter media to handle the pool’s filtration. OC-1 filters the water by settlement rather than the traditional method of entrapment, and harnesses the recent advances in pump technology and variable speed pumps/controllers.

It reduces energy consumption, maintaining constant flow rates even when the media is dirty, so pumps can run at lower speeds. No downtime is required for heating, salt chlorinators or heat pumps going out on low flow. It has a large capacity for debris collection — more than 20 times that of sand or glass.

The hydrotherapy pool.

Using the filter media results in a reduced requirement for backwashing and a more efficient backwash. It reduces water consumption, chemical usage and heating. The lightweight media can even be shipped inside a filter, and it is easy to handle and install. It removes 80% of 10 micron particles on one turnover and even removes particles as small as 1 micron.

“The pool has been running for over a month now and the water clarity is crystal clear. Being extremely lightweight, OC-1 is so much easier than any other filter media to handle and work with. Although it’s early days, I am highly impressed with OC-1 and its distinct benefits,” said Guthrie.

The pool was awarded a Gold SPATA (Swimming Pool & Allied Trade Association) award for Special Requirement Pool of the Year in 2017.

OC-1 is exclusively distributed in Australia by AstralPool.

The hydrotherapy pool.

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