AAA Pool Service in The New York Times – Rio 2016 Olympic Pool
The Water is Green!
On August 9th, 2016, AAA Pool Service Owner, Stephen Henderson, was quoted in the New York Times!
The story, titled “During Diving Event, Pool Transforms From Crystal Blue to Garishly Green”, described the surprise and dismay that the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics athletes and spectators felt when seeing the previously pristine blue pool turn into a green glare.
Olympic officials had stated that they did not know the exact cause of the color change, but they said the water was tested and was not dangerous. The pool, used for the diving competitions, seemed to become greener and cloudier as the day progressed.
The article goes on to say that, “Steve Henderson, who owns AAA Pool Service in Santa Rosa, Calif., said that although he was not an expert on Brazilian swimming pools, there were two likely causes: a sudden algae bloom, which could be eradicated by zapping the pool with extra chlorine overnight; or a chemical reaction between chlorine and a metal in the water, most likely manganese.
“If they have manganese in the water, you will get a reaction depending on level of chlorination,” Henderson said. He said that it was a normal occurrence, as even a slight imbalance can cause a violent color change, and not a cause of alarm. Still, he said, he found it puzzling that officials at the Games did not have a better explanation.”
“I don’t know what they have down there in Rio, but any new commercial system, at least here in the U.S., is completely automated,” he said. “They self-test. If there’s an issue, everyone is alerted right away. I have some customers where I can monitor their pools from my phone.”
For over 22 years, Stephen Henderson, a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) has provided exceptional swimming pool services. He is also an authorized Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer. As a California native, he understands the importance that a cool, clean pool has for area residents that experience the sometimes very dry hot summers.
Having always enjoyed swimming and being in pools as well, he has a passion for helping others do the same. AAA Pool Service, LLC provides licensed, insured and certified professional in-ground swimming pool care, cleaning, repair, and maintenance. Established in 1994, they service most areas within the beautiful Sonoma County, California.