Posts Tagged ‘SpaNaturally’

SpaBerry Pegged for New High Rise Development – SpaBerry Takes Urban Living to a New Level

August 23rd, 2012

Sunrise to sunset…the hum of the city…the twinkling of the city lights…Life’s better…sitting on your very own high-rise deck atop the Park in your very own SpaBerry. Soak away the day’s stresses…enjoy some time with a loved one…enjoy the view…and truly…Live on the Park!

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The Park has just taken “Urban Living” a major step forward and have done what no other high-rise in North America has ever done before. A first for Calgary…a first for Canada…and first for the world…The Park is raising the bar for the urban lifestyle by offering personal luxury spas from SpaBerry to over 100 decks.

“We wanted to give our customers who have been asking us for spas what they wanted. The SpaBerry fits perfectly into our clients’ lifestyles and is designed specifically with downtown condo living in mind” says Richard Lobsinger…VP of Sales & Marketing for the Park

“We are very excited to partner with Lake Placid Developments Inc (LPDI) on their upscale Urban Development, the Park” says Jeff Knight…President of SpaBerry Personal Luxury Spas. LPDI is setting the bar for other high-rise developments throughout the world with this project!




Ohhohh That Smell

May 23rd, 2012

By Vance D. Fiegel, CWS Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

We have all walked into a swimming pool facility, health club, or small motel and immediately recognized that “chlorine” smell emanating from the pool. We have grown to accept the odor and the other side effects of chlorine disinfection as the price paid to have a sanitary swimming pool. The odor and many of these side effects are not actually caused by the chlorine, but are the by-products of chlorine disinfection. Chlorine and bromine are common aquatic system disinfectants and are very effective at killing bacteria. They, and their halogen brothers fluorine and iodine, are all effective sanitizers because they are strong oxidizers (oxidation is the way bacteria is killed). Halogens, like chlorine, are all one electron short of filling their outer electron shell. They are always looking for another compound from which to steal an electron (oxidize). However, their oxidative power is not limited to just attacking bacteria.

Disinfection by-products (DBP) are formed when chlorine oxidizes organic compounds. These organic compounds are found in bacteria and many are critical for the bacteria to live and thrive. However, a lot of organic compounds are naturally present in our water, and putting people into the water introduces even more of these materials (dead skin cells, sweat, urine, etc). When chlorine interacts and oxidizes these organic compounds, it results in a tremendous amount of newly created compounds…but, these now contain chlorine (DBP). We generally classify some of these as combined chlorine or chloramines. It has now been established that many of these DBP are toxic, and while most remain in the water, some are quite volatile and released from the water into the air (i.e. chloroform). These DBP are what we recognize as that “chlorine” smell.

In short, chlorine is going to cause a reaction with anything in its path, and some of these reactions are going be toxic. So, that funky “pool smell” isn’t the chlorine. It’s the dark side of chlorine’s work.

Research at Embro Corporation (Creative Water Solutions’ sister company) is actively investigating the process by which DBP are formed, and the levels of DBP in swimming pools and spas. Our early results have demonstrated that Sphagnum moss leads to a reduction in DBP levels within the first few months of use in a swimming pool. Pointing to the importance of this research are the increasing numbers of scientific articles documenting production of toxic DBP in aquatic systems. They illustrate increased health problems for those experiencing high exposure to these compounds, including competitive and avid recreational swimmers. Stay tuned to our newsletter and website for the newest results of our research in this area.

According to Plymouth Magazine- Two Must-Try Green Products

July 15th, 2011

Creative Water Solutions  has been recognized by Plymouth Magazine for having two must-try green products.  The article features the city of Plymouth and the plethora of sustainable services, businesses and initiatives it has to offer. The six part series showcases the local green movement. Read more at Plymouth Magazine.

Preliminary Results Announced By City of St. Paul and CWS

August 17th, 2009

SAINT PAUL — Mayor Chris Coleman, Creative Water Solutions, LLC President and CEO David Knighton, MD,  and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm will unveil preliminary results of the nation’s first public-pool sphagnum moss-based water treatment system installation at 11a on August 17 at Highland Park Aquatic Center (see link for more about this pool).  The pilot project was undertaken with the innovative Minnesota-based company, which has already demonstrated the moss-based system’s effectiveness in residential pools and spas (PoolNaturally and SpaNaturally, respectively).

“It’s a completely different pool!  My eyes and the kids’ eyes didn’t get red, the water didn’t smell of chlorine and it was a lot softer feeling in general,” said 19-year-old Mary Schmidt, a regular weekly visitor to the pool as a summer nanny.  “I love it!”

To see the full media release, please visit this link.

Thoughts on the Moon Landing and Biofilm

July 17th, 2009

Where were you when the first human foot made an imprint on the moon 40 years ago?

I was in Ferkessedougou, Ivory Coast working at a mission station for the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college.  I spent part of my time doing maintenance and the other helping with surgery.  I remember listening to the short wave radio as we heard Voice of America describe the landing.  It was night and there was a bright African full moon.  After they landed I went outside and looked at the moon marveling at the advances in technology that allowed that human footprint on the lunar surface.

The next morning I excitedly told my co-worker, in my broken French, what happened the night before.  He asked me “How long did it take them to get there?”  “Three days was my answer.”  He thought a while and then said, “The moon is as far away as Buoake.”  Buoake is a three-day walk from the mission station.

His frame of reference was completely different than mine and in a way both were accurate.

A Different Understanding

That experience is very similar to what is happening in the understanding of how bacteria live in pools and spas.  The old, accepted model says that bacteria like to swim and remain suspended in the water.  We now know that 99% of bacteria in water swim to the nearest surface, attach themselves, and set up a microscopic colony that is protected by a layer of sticky protein and sugar molecules we call biofilm.

The biofilm protects the bacteria from chlorine or other chemicals put into the pool to control bacteria.  In fact it absorbs chlorine, bromine or ozone so a lot has to be added to the pool to maintain proper levels.  As we study biofilm in our laboratory and more fully understand how it affects pools, spas and any other system where water, bacteria and a surface are present, we are convinced that most of the water problems plaguing the recreational water experience are due to biofilm.

The bad news is that bacteria protect themselves with biofilm and that all the chlorine, bromine, ozone, cooper, silver, UV light or other systems that only affect bacteria suspended in water are totally ineffective against bacteria protected with biofilm.  The good news is that we are discovering that the sphagnum moss in SpaNaturally and PoolNaturally may be nature’s answer to controlling biofilm.

While this research may not compare with the accomplishment of Apollo 11, in the future we’ll know that cleaner, safer water with fewer chemicals was a dream fulfilled through the scientific effort of hundreds of scientists who transformed our understanding of how bacteria live and protect themselves.