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National Plasterers Council Announces New Protocol at Cal Poly
New initiative aimed at addressing drought crisis in California
Industry-wide sponsorship and support including the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA), The Association of Pool and & Spa Professionals (APSP), World of Recreational Water (WRW), and the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA)
The National Plasterers Council (NPC) is pleased to announce the initiation of a new study at the Cal Poly National Pool Industry Research Center located on the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) campus. The study plans to examine water use reduction that could be realized if outdoor swimming pools are covered by different types of market available covers. Given the severity of drought California is confronted with, this potential water saving is substantial. Just a 30 percent reduction in evaporation from California pools would save more than 10,833 acre-foot of water per year which is enough to supply a city of about a hundred thousand people.
Alan Smith, Chairman of the NPC’s Research Committee said, “The NPC is rallying to the efforts being made in California to identify ways in which the industry and pool-owners can positively impact our state’s drought crisis.” The study will involve daily water level measurements and weekly water chemistry readings for eight pools at the NPIRC for sixty days. Climate data including air temperature, wind speed, and rainfall collected at a weather station at Cal Poly will also be used for the study.
Several companies and associations have rallied behind the initiative by donating funds, supplies, and equipment needed to conduct the 60-day protocol.
After the pools are prepared in June, the experiment is scheduled to begin in early July. Dr. Misgana Muleta, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cal Poly, will be the principal investigator. Dr. Muleta will hire a graduate student who will help with water level measurement, monitoring water chemistry, and cleaning the pools.
For a full description of the protocol, objectives, timeline, and donors go to NPConline.org.
All questions related to this release should be directed to Jeff Henderson, Executive Director, National Plasterers Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. The National Plasterers Council is a non-profit trade association created to promote the usage of cementitious interior finishes of swimming pools, educate the industry in best practices, and provide materials to pool owners.
Reporters are invited to a media day on Tuesday, July 7th at CalPoly from 10:00 am until 12:00 to learn more about this study. Please stop at the school Visitor Information Center at the Grand Avenue entrance to pick up a map and get directions to the pools. http://maps.calpoly.edu/getting_around.html
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