Cryptosporidium outbreaks are on the rise in the US, with twice as many outbreaks linked to swimming pools and water parks reported in 2016 as in 2014, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
From the country's largest pool service franchise to local independents, successful service businesses do things differently. What sets them apart from their peers? We spoke to some top service businesses to get their tips on running a successful operation.
Paul Rojahn is no stranger to the SPASA Awards of Excellence: he was the 2016 Service Technician of the Year for Queensland and Australia, the 2015 silver award winner, and his business Atlantis Pool Services won silver as the 2016 SPASA Queensland Pool Store of the Year.
Tom Gorgievski was finding that his customers' water samples were throwing all kinds of inconsistent results due to poor sample collection techniques. Seeking a better way to help his clients maintain their pools, he invented an ingeniously simple device to ensure water samples are collected correctly.
BioGuard's Super Clear Clarifying Tabs have been updated to better fit with the company's label design. The individual tablets are packaged in a self-standing pouch that is easy to open and includes updated branding.
BioGuard has announced the dates for its 2017 Pool Schools, which will be held around Australia and New Zealand throughout the latter part of the year, beginning in Brisbane in July.
Following the release of a study that found a staggering 75% of Australian parents say they lack the necessary CPR skills to save a life, Poolwerx has teamed up with Australian Red Cross and Laurie Lawrence's Kids Alive program to launch April Pools Day.
Clark Rubber has a number of franchise opportunities available across the country, for both existing and greenfield sites. Three models are available: the full retail model of a Clark Rubber Store; a Clark Pool and Spa shop; and a mobile pool service territory with a Clark Pool Care Service mobile van.
Jim's Pool Care owner and General Manager Brett Blair is planning to crack the century this year. Now 13 years old and with more than 90 franchises, the company is on track to celebrate its 100th mobile franchise in 2017.
The Zodiac Pure Solutions retail app is designed to help users recommend the most suitable chemical products and correct dosages to their customers. It is suitable for use with all pool types, from traditional freshwater pools to mineral pools.
Pooltrackr has announced its first distribution deal with chemicals manufacturer Lo-Chlor Chemicals. An end-to-end job management app, Pooltrackr has already attracted interest from hundreds of parties, from sole traders to global enterprises.
Pure Care VETO removes microorganisms such as Cryptosporidium, Giardiasis and E. coli that affect swimmers' health and can be used to manage a one-off situation or as part of an ongoing maintenance program.