‘Is there a swimming pool shortage as we hit hottest week?’ WDEF.com

WDEF.com reported on the local swimming pool shortage in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

'Is there a swimming pool shortage as we hit hottest week?' WDEF.com
Click here to watch the video – https://wdef.com/2020/07/13/swimming-pool-shortage-hit-hottest-week/

The article mentions the heat, the COVID-19, etc. as reasons.

“You know, kids are at home, it’s a lot easier to entertain them when they have a swimming pool, hot tub or things like that. Plus, we get a lot of people saying they cancelled their vacations, and they redirected their money towards home improvement or home entertainment.”


Are you finding the same to be true of Hot Tubs and Swim Spas in your area? I am betting so!

Can COVID-19 spread in Hot Tub or Swim Spa water?

Photo Source: HotTubsInc.com

News4Jax.com (Jacksonsville, Florida) posted:

‘With rising temperatures and summer coming, many people’s thoughts are turning to swimming pools. But with social distancing, face masks and other efforts to minimize the spread of the coronavirus new normal, would it be safe to go in the water?…

“…News4Jax put information circulating on social media saying you could catch coronavirus from pool water or in a hot tub through our Trust Index testing to get you a reliable answer….”

One answer offered was from the CDC –

“There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas,” according to the CDC. “Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water”

Read other sources’s comments in the article.

Hot tub water caused Legionnaire’s outbreak in Asheville, N.C.

The outbreak occurred last year at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. AP News reports:

“Hot tub water that sprayed into the air likely caused an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that killed four people in North Carolina last year, state health officials said Thursday.

“The state Department of Health and Human released its final report on the outbreak, which infected people who attended a state fair in western North Carolina. The final report tallied 136 cases of Legionnaire’s disease and one case of Pontiac fever in residents of multiple states, officials said.”

“Ninety-six people were hospitalized.”


Read the article to discover how it happens and be careful about maintaining the water in your hot tub!

History of Hot Tubs – How the Modern Spa was Born

Google ‘the history of the hot tub’ and you will get a lot of very different results.

SpaDepot.com posted one of the most interesting presentations. It has informative descriptions and great accompanying photos.

Here is a sample…

“For millennia, people have used baths and natural hot springs as places of socialization, health, and worship.

Some of the earliest hot tub parties may have been held in calderas, using red-hot stones to warm the water. These early people didn’t have massaging jets in their spas, but they certainly understood the curative powers of hot water.”

Here is a photo from an ancient Greece spa –

Photo source: Spa Depot – History of the hot tub

AquaSpas.com kicks it up a bit with their ‘The Rise in the Hot Tub Culture’ section mentioning the ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ movies, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, etc. Their post includes a great ‘Simpsons’ gif –

Gif Source: AquaSpas.com

Lots of Hot Tubs & Spas featured at the Oklahoma City ‘Home and Garden Show’

J. David Chapman, an associate professor of finance and real estate at the University of Central Oklahoma, wrote this about his visit to home and garden show…

“There were more hot tub and spa vendors at the home show than any other product. I was looking for one that stood out and was doing something different. Dave Kemp works for Softub and brought two hot tubs for display. This tub uses a patented heat recovery system utilizing waste heat generated from the pump motor to heat the spa to the desired temperature. With the slogan “Simple is Better,” the Softub looks great and is super-efficient and surprisingly affordable.”


Have you had a Softub? What is your opinion of Softub hot tubs?