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Most condominiums have a swimming as part of the facilities planned and offered by the developer to sell the project.

Maintaining a swimming pool is a lot of work. To achieve “sparkling” waters, it takes even more effort. Most estates would engage a swimming pool cleaner to maintain the swimming pool and the associated equipment – the pumping system,  filtration,  chemical injection and electrical control systems.

For an optimal cleanliness, big swimming pools should be cleaned at least twice a week. For some of the smaller estates, the cleaning is done once a week. During the cleaning process, the cleaner actually “scrubs” the bottom of the pool and the sides of the pool to remove the algae. The water surface is also skimmed to remove floating particles like leaves and toys left behind by children. The cleaning is tiring and time consuming.

At the pump room, the cleaner has to do a backwash to remove the dirt in the filters. In addition, he has to top-up the chlorine into the tank feeding the injector. Once in a while, the cleaner would rest a pump and switch the spare pump on so that the spare pump is working. All of us know that electrical equipment not used may not work after some time. So the alternating use of the pumps is necessary to ensure each of the pump is given a run to ensure a longer life.

Once a month, the cleaner has to take samples from each pool and submit them for lab analysis to check for a few parameters. Principally it is to determine the amount of bacteria in the water and also the murkiness of the water. National Environment Agency (NEA) now requires all estates to pin the lab report on the notice board for all to see. This is part of the accountability required of the pool cleaner.

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