PPG survey finds patrons’ habits affect water quality, safety at water parks

Results show patrons are concerned about recreational water illnesses

PITTSBURGH, June 11, 2008 – The Accu-Tab system commercial pool water treatment business of PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has found that although recreational water illnesses (RWIs) rank second to injuries as patrons’ top water-related safety concerns at public pools and water parks, their personal hygiene practices adversely affect water quality.

A survey of 1,000 water park patrons measured their habits and perceptions regarding water quality and the overall water park experience. Despite respondents’ concern about RWIs, the survey found that:
  • 49 percent of patrons said they do not shower before entering a swimming pool;
  • 12 percent said they believe water at spray features is safe for drinking; and
  • 60 percent of adult patrons said their children sometimes or usually urinate in the pool.
“As swimming season begins, it’s important for pool and water park patrons to realize that poor hygiene habits can increase their risk of recreational water illnesses,” said Dr. Stanley Pickens, PPG senior research associate for Accu-Tab chlorination systems. “Pool operators and owners work hard to provide a safe experience, and patrons can help by engaging in healthy habits such as showering, washing their hands and using restrooms.”

“Though these findings may not be viewed as new, quantifying these concerns and practices will help operators to target areas of particular risk and to take specific actions to guide patrons toward healthier hygiene practices.”

PPG has issued a report based on survey findings that includes recommendations to assist operators in identifying and addressing problem areas, such as:
  • Providing signage to discourage patrons from drinking pool and spray water;
  • Providing an adequate number of restrooms that are convenient and clearly marked;
  • Consistently having soap available and providing sufficient privacy in restrooms; and
  • Prohibiting diaper changes around pool decks and near spray pads.
For additional tips and complete survey results, visit www.accu-tab.com/RWInews.

PPG is a leading supplier of recreational water treatment systems. The Accu-Tab system is based on patented technology and has been used worldwide for more than a decade.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Accu-Tab is a trademark of PPG Industries.




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