Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) July 08, 2014
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the 2014 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Grant has been presented today to the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Ontario, Canada.
The $5,000 grant honors and recognizes public health officials who have made outstanding contributions to advance the public’s healthy and safe use of recreational water. Recreational water includes pools, spas, hot tubs, natural waters, and water parks.
The award is given in the memory of Dr. Neil Lowry, a long-time member of APSP who influenced the pool and spa industry for more than 25 years as a consultant to government and private industry.
"We are honored to receive this award and are planning activities to aid in the prevention and reduction of water-borne illnesses and injuries associated with recreational water use,” said Fatih Sekercioglu, manager, environmental health at Middlesex-London Health Unit. “We will organize workshops with public pool and spa owners and operators to discuss best practices and review most frequent regulatory non-compliance issues based on inspections conducted in 2013,” he said. “Most importantly, we’ll use our new findings to update training materials.”
Past winners of the Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Grant are: Brevard County Environmental Health Services Dept., 2013; Sacramento County Environmental Management Dept., 2012; Alexandria, Va., Health Dept., 2011; City of Houston, 2010; and Plano, Texas, 2009.
In addition to soliciting entries from public health officials each year for the Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Grant, APSP’s Recreational Water Quality Committee develops and maintains verifiable science-based information regarding sanitization technology and chemical products, for use in pools, spas and hot tubs. The committee also writes the ANSI/APSP-11 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas and the chemical and sanitation sections for all of the ANSI/APSP standards. To receive the RWQ Newsletter, email memberservices(at)apsp(dot)org. For more information about the Dr. Neil Lowry Grant, visit APSP.org.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.