TEMECULA, CA—Swimming pools can be a key selling point for hotels; for guests, it’s a welcome way to beat the heat. Before you shout ‘Everybody into the pool,’ there is a lot of maintenance to be done first—skimming leaves, testing of pH levels and adding chemicals with names too hard to pronounce—to get that pool clean, sparkling and ready for the public.
Seeking to eliminate the pain points of pool maintenance, Cincinnati-based BioWish Technologies, in collaboration with Bio-Active, set out to produce a solution promoted as a simple, all-natural and cost-effective way to maintain commercial pools. The added benefit: no drainage required and you don’t have to replace the water; simply pour it into a skimmer and let it do the work, according to Jose Torres, product development manager, Bio-Active, based here.
“We were conducting testing in bodies of water in Vista, CA, and our goal was to monitor fats, oils and greases using our prototype product. While testing, we noticed cyanuric acid in the water and tested the pH and density in the water. As we were successfully passing tests, we noticed a reduction of cyanuric acid and we didn’t intend to look for a reduction, but it was happening,” explained Torres. “Before we came along with this product, companies were using agents to clump it, which is expensive and very tedious, or you’d have to drain the pool, take the water away and start from scratch. There are hazards to dumping the cyanuric water into sewers. We believe we have a potentially valuable product that is resourceful in any body of water or application that would require a reduction of cyanuric acid.”
According to Torres, a vital piece of the puzzle to understand is that reduced levels of cyanuric acid enables the chlorine used in pools to do its job more efficiently, and careful attention must be paid to the delicate balance of the water.
“You have to have sanitation in pools and chlorine is most commonly used. You need cyanuric acid to make sure the chlorine doesn’t evaporate, which allows it to stay in the pool longer. The cyanuric acid is a bonding agent and stays in the water,” he said. “Bio-Active is not a chemical. Microbes, bacteria and enzymes work in symbiosis in water. Cyanuric acid does break down in nature, but it takes longer. We have the microbes inside a catalyst in the bag and it has the right amount to set off a chain reaction where it looks for a fuel source of nitrogen and hydrogen—cyanuric acid being the source of those elements. The only waste you get is harmless inert gasses, that are naturally released into the atmosphere. In most cases, it’s not as much and you don’t see it.”
Traditional methods of pool maintenance sometimes entails draining the pool, but this may not be an option for hotels with green initiatives where water conservation is top priority or areas where there are water restrictions due to drought.
“The number-one benefit with Bio-Active is that you won’t have to drain your pool anymore. You won’t have to refill the water and sanitize. Instead, spend about $100 and let the Bio-Active work, and then you can run the pool. As long as it meets other parameters, you are free to open the pool to the public and have people swimming in it. There’s no downtime because you can leave it in,” he said.
Among the hotels using Bio-Active are Holiday Inn, Sheraton and Residence Inn properties in San Diego and Los Angeles. To get the most out of commercial pool maintenance, Torres shared his number-one rule of thumb: “Be sure to lower the cyanuric levels to what’s legally mandated. The max is 100 ppm. Keep it right below that, apply Bio-Active to make sure the pool is balanced and reapply every 6-8 months,” he said.