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Oklahoma City Whitewater Rafting & Kayak Course

UPDATE: Construction is underway on site. Pumps have been tested in factory and are in route to be received at the Whitewater park. A bird’s-eye view gives a sense of the scale of Oklahoma City’s new MAPS 3 whitewater park. Oklahoma City released a video “tour” — shot from a drone — of the 11-acre Riversport Rapids construction site on the Oklahoma River.

Cloward H2O as an instrumental part of the design team, has completed engineering work on the soon-to-be-built Oklahoma City Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Course. The overall project will cost around $32 million and will bring a whole new level of adventure to downtown Oklahoma City in the heart of the boathouse district.  With rapids ranging from class II to IV, the course will allow both amateurs and professionals to experience the thrills of spending a day whitewater rafting or using the Olympic style […]

By |August 28th, 2015|News & Events|0 Comments

Breakpoint Chlorination

Swimming pool water requires some form of “purification” in order to kill bacteria and other micro-organisms that could be potentially harmful to the pool equipment or more importantly, those swimming in the pool itself. Adding chlorine (in the form of sodium hypochlorite) to pool water is the most common form of sanitation. Following, is an explanation as to what occurs when you add the appropriate amount of chlorine to pool water, which ultimately leads to “Breakpoint Chlorination”.

When chlorine is added to water for normal residual chlorination it combines (reacts) with ammonia and organic contaminants found in pool water (sweat, urine, skin cells, and other organic matter) forming “combined chlorine” compounds commonly called “chloramines”. The terms “combined chlorine” and “chloramines” are often used interchangeably and refer generically to a family of chlorinated compounds.  It is the build-up of combined chlorine that swimmers will most often notice in a […]

Aquality II Symposium 2014 – Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

CLOWARD H2O just returned from the week long Aquality II Symposium which was held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The event was the 2nd International symposium of water quality and water treatment in zoos and aquariums. The purpose of the symposium was to bring together experts from around the world to discuss and share information about water use and management in aquaria and zoological parks. Every aspect of water treatment and water quality was discussed with the intent to correlate information into one source which will be released as a peer reviewed manual (estimated release date of said manual is 2017).

Topics such as; Ultrafiltration, Foam Fractionation, Ultra Violet Processing in Aquatic LSS, Nitrification in Marine Aquaria, Ozone in Aquaria, Various forms of Filtration (Activated glass media, bead, drum, etc), and numerous other topics were […]

By |October 28th, 2014|News & Events|0 Comments

Water Disinfection: Chlorine vs. Saltwater Systems

Salt versus Chlorine – the commonly asked question when dealing with pool water disinfection.  CLOWARD H2O ‘s Damon Roberts discusses a few of the important variables when choosing a  Saltwater or Traditional Chlorine system for your pool. To view the complete white paper click HERE.

Salt Chlorine

First we must dispel the false notion that “Saltwater Pools” are not chlorine-treated pools.  The functioning principle behind a saltwater pool is to use dissolved salt to created chlorine directly in the water.  Chlorine in the form of Hypochlorous acid is still the active sanitizer/oxidizer in both salt systems and traditional chlorine dosed systems.  The salt chlorine generator uses electrolytic cells to create chlorine gas (as well as oxygen and hydrogen gas) directly in the water.  Dr. Alison Osinski summarizes salt chlorine generation […]

By |October 8th, 2014|News & Events|0 Comments

The Anatomy of a Splash Pad

-One of CLOWARD H2Os senior designers, Jon Allred, recently wrote an article which was featured in Parks & Rec Business Magazine detailing the intricacy of a splash pad.-

Because splash pads and spray decks provide wet entertainment with relatively low maintenance, they are a popular option for cities, homeowners’ associations, retail developments, and even private residences. A splash pad consists of one or more deck areas fitted with a combination of various nozzles and may include above-ground “spray toys,” (umbrellas, flowers, hydrants, tipping buckets, etc.) intermittently spraying, squirting, dumping, or gushing—while kids of all ages dash from feature to feature, thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Although the completed water feature looks simple, the splash pad system and initial design are complicated. The anatomy of a splash pad is similar to that of […]

By |October 8th, 2014|News & Events|0 Comments