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First-in-the-Area “UV” filter system puts near tap water into Maquoketa pool.
The Maquoketa Area Family YMCA is the first aquatic center in our area to offer state of the art ultra violet (UV) filtering in the swimming pool. This was made possible by Grants 2 Green funding provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and grant funding through WPPI. Thanks to their generosity we’re able to make this addition at no cost to our YMCA or our community.
Instead of the mass amounts of chlorine that can irritate skin, cause troubles with asthma and discolor clothes and hair, the new system is much closer to swimming in tap water. In addition, UV will be easier on the pool area, helping to make metals last longer.
“Our members love not being bothered by the extreme chlorine,” said Scott Warren, Executive Director of the Maquoketa Y. “It’s much easier on suits, skin, lungs, and eyes. From the little ones in their first swim lesson, to families swimming or splashing around, to seniors in water exercise classes, everyone seems to really feel the difference.”
Since the YMCA invented the first indoor swimming pool (1885), the first filtration system (1909) and wrote the first book on lifesaving (1913), it only makes sense that our YMCA is the first to offer this technology in our area!
Although there is still chlorine in use, the amount is about 80-percent less. The UV process takes place in the pump room, where the water is passed through and the UV light treats it and it is pumped back into the pools. The Centers for Disease Control recommend UV systems, and in same states, new pools are required to use this technology.
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