ARTICLE: CLEARING THE AIR / by Kerri Escobar

A major goal for the new indoor aquatics center at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., was to improve the quality of the air swimmers breathe during workouts through the use of a system that pulls in disinfection by-products and chloramines from just above the water's surface.

Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. is putting its students' health above all with their new chloramine evacuator system.

Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. is putting its students' health above all with their new chloramine evacuator system.

To that end, a stainless steel gutter system surmounted by a Paddock Chloramine Evacuator System was installed on all four sides of the pool by designer/builder Bill Drakeley of the Drakeley Pool Company in nearby Bethlehem, Conn.

"The worst air you can breath in an aquatic environment sits on top of the water's surface," Drakeley explains. "The gases coming from the disinfection process are heavier than air it's right there on the surface where swimmers are breathing, and when the water gets churned up, it sends contaminated air throughout the entire facility. That's why so many swimmers have to use inhalers just to get through their workouts or competitions. Even in well-maintained facilities with decent water quality, they're being forced to breath air that is somewhat toxic."

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