Dryden Aqua (Busserach, Switzerland) offers Activated Filter Media as a direct replacement for sand. The product is made from a specific type of glass with an optimized particle size and shape and contains metal-oxide catalysts designed to create a high oxidation potential zone while preventing bacteria formation and reducing chemical consumption. For details, click here.
FibroPool (Bay Saint Louis, Mo.) manufacturers the FH055 Heat Pump with a high-pressure differential compressor and a titanium heat exchanger with a 55,000 Btu output. The unit runs exclusively on a 12-gauge, 220-volt circuit, drawing the same power as a standard table saw. For details, click here.
Thursday Pools (Fortville, Ind.) has introduced a fiberglass spa to meet growing hot water demand. Designed for inground, pool-side or stand-alone installations, the nine-by-nine-foot spa can be installed flush, on grade or raised. The unit is auto-cover-ready and available in seven colors. For details, click here.
Hayward Industries (Elizabeth, N.J.) has expanded its OmniPL line of mid-range smart pool and spa automation. The system can control up to eight variable-speed pumps and includes four built-in relays. Select models are “salt ready” and the system offers a wide range of LED control features. For details, click here.
Aquamatic Cover Systems (Gilroy, CA) has introduced the HydraLux Solar Moving Bench. The system, which requires no tracks, deploys the HydraLux cover by moving the full length of the pool -- and will move off of the pool as needed. Designed primarily for commercial pools, the system is completely solar powered. For details, click here.
Pentair Pool Products (Sanford, N.C.) makes the CS400 Backwash Controller. This semi-automatic programmable controller can backwash up to six filters in sequence via its multi-port pressure-distribution valve. Features include user-configurable settings, alarms, calculated cycle time and valve control to ensure pump and heater protection. For details, click here.
Pentair Pool Products (Sanford, N.C.) has updated the MasterTemp ASME commercial heater. The units now have bronze headers, allowing easier access to the thermal regulator and bypass valve. In addition, the header's internal components are now plastic for light weight and corrosion-resistance. For details, click here.
FAFCO (Chico, CA.) has introduced CoolPV, a hybrid photo-voltaic/solar pool-water heating system that generates household electricity while simultaneously heating water in the same rooftop footprint. In addition, water flowing through the panels to be heated also serves to cool the photo-voltaic panels to extend the panels’ service lives. For details, click here.
Pentair Pool Products (Sanford. NC) brings remote-control capabilities to commercial equipment rooms by combining its AcuPort modules with the company’s Acu-Trol controller and a facility’s LAN service to provide secure system access via Windows-based laptops and other devices that are part of its WiFi network or through the Internet. For details, click here.
A&A Manufacturing (Phoenix, AZ) offer the QuikPure3 system, which releases ozone into a pool to break down contaminates while eliminating odors and harsh chemicals. Designed to reduce the amount of residual chlorine and other chemicals needed to keep a pool’s water fresh and healthy, the system also significantly reduces scale and tile-line build-up. For details, click here.
Living Waters Aeration (Raleigh, NC) tackles the problem of hot swimming pool water with its Portable Watercannon. Available as the 1.5 and 3.0 models, the systems use aeration to reduce water temperatures while injecting fresh oxygen into the water. Running the system overnight can reportedly cool the average pool by 10 to 12 degrees. For details, click here.
Hayward Pool Products (Clemons, NC offers the programmable, fully rechargeable and completely waterproof AquaPod to take pool and spa control right into the water. Backlighted for nighttime use and engineered to float horizontally, the units enable users to turn up the heat, turn on the lights or activate waterfeatures with just a touch. For details, click here.
J&J Electronics (Chino, CA) produces the ColorSplash VU RGB-W, a 1.5-inch, nicheless LED fixture for pool and spa applications. The light source features a variety of colors and can put on its own light shows to transform ordinary aquatic settings into custom, illuminated waterfeatures. The product also comes in a pure-white version. For details, click here.