The PoolWaterTS team has a wealth of knowledge gained from years of hands on work in Sports and Leisure centres running and managing swimming pools and has developed this product using those experiences, and a geeky love of spreadsheets!, to solve a common problem related to the process of recording and reporting pool test results.
The swimming pool industry is still very underdeveloped in terms of pool test results management and tracking. Pool test results are still recorded only on paper leaving little or no scope for analysing the results to check for inconsistencies or errors or problems.
Generally those people that do pool water testing are knowledgeable and accurate in their processes, but there is a need for experience or working out to be done for some to be able to spot inconsistencies or problems in the results, such as recognising high combined chlorine readings. At times the demands of the centre programmes can also encourage rushed tests reducing the attention given to the quality of the results or can delay the passing on of necessary information to managers.
The concept for this product came from the need to track and problem solve pool test issues. Daniel created a detailed spreadsheet with complex formulas for staff at a Dorset sports centre to use on a daily basis for pool water test tracking and results analysis. This has been in use since Jan 2018 and is still in use to date as the beta mk1 version of the product.
The development of an online management console and offline capable App for entering and viewing test results, and other site/user defined data, would assist in improving the potential for pool water quality improvements and consistency or at the least a greater awareness of how a pool if performing or meeting recommended standards.
Additionally, through an open hand approach to data collection and analysis within a company and the industry as a whole, it is hoped that conformity to guidelines and standards would be improved by offering the ability to compare the performance of a sites pool to the average of other anonymous pools within the same county, country or by the type of facility. It is also planned that this anonymous information (Unless agreed otherwise by the site/company) be shared with PWTAG and ISPE for development of standards and practices.
The owner/founder, Daniel Ekema, has worked in leisure since 1996 clocking up over 20yrs of hands on experience and knowledge ranging from standard pool water tests, for chlorine and pH readings and water balance tests, to operating and maintaining pool plant rooms including a responsibility to problem solve and correct common pool plant and pool water issues. He also has experience in assisting with major pool plant room works and maintenance.
It is was his keen interest in spreadsheets and formulas that facilitated his aim to reduce input and recognition errors in the pool test process.