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Combining advanced filtration technology with a
mineral enhanced additive, Theralux will provide
the healthiest and safest swimming environment
for your backyard.
• Soft and natural feel
• Moisturises your skin as you swim
• Gentle on sensitive skin
• Provides a natural relief to muscular complaints
and relaxes your nervous system
• Eco intelligent and easy to use technology
• Super low running costs
• Operates at a low TDS level of 3000ppm
• Offers the flexibility of running the system with
or without a mineral additive
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for a while, knew their way around the industry and could set up the
distributor network. The first people I signed up were Davey and
Hurlcon and it went from there. We started with national distribu-
tors, then filled in the gaps with state distributors.
All the products for the backyard pools now go through distributors.”
One thing Rabbidge believes needs to be addressed in the industry is
consumer education about chemical storage and handling.
“People don’t realise how dangerous chemicals can be,” he says.
“You see them come out of Coles or Bunnings or somewhere with a
mix of chemicals in their trolley and they don’t realise.
“ We had a problem in the Rural Fire Service here where someone
had two containers of chlorine, and they thought they may as well
just put them in one bucket and be done with it. But one was cal
hypo and one was tri chlor – and it blew up and it blew the garage up
and everything else. Made a hell of a mess, and the guy was lucky he
didn’t lose his eyes. He was in hospital for quite a number of days.”
He believes pool shops should take the time to provide proper
verbal advice, as customer often don’t read the instructions.
“Some pool shops have a lot to answer for. I’ve been in some
where people buy cal hypo and they buy hydrochloric acid and the
person behind the counter hasn’t taken the time to quickly explain
to please make sure one’s not stored against the other. Even a simple
thing like that can help,” he says.
“ There was a case several years ago where somebody bought a
bucket of chlorine and put it in the boot of a car and it stayed there for
some time, quite a number of days, and then they were involved in a
motor vehicle accident and the fuel tank ruptured and that person was
actually killed. They tracked it back and the retailer was dragged up in
court for not explaining how to store and transport the chlorine safely.
“ Then you’ve got the Coles and Woollies, where people can fill up
a shopping trolley with all sorts of things and have a bomb. Now, the
dangerous goods people won’t tackle Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings
or Masters, but they will go into a pool shop and they ’ll have a go at
the pool shop.”
He believes that the fire service could have a role to play in help-
ing educate the public about chemical safety – covering the whole
gamut of household chemicals, not just pool chemicals.
Changes in the industry
Rabbidge says there have been a lot of changes in the industry over
his time. Pool surfaces moved from paint to marblesheen, now to
fibreglass and glass beads; while filtration has gone from predomi-
nantly DE to a whole raft of alternatives.
He says that when recycled glass media first came on the market,
it took some market share from zeolite.
“But a lot of people tried the products and our biggest distributors
are back with us now, so it ’s gone in a cycle. The glass was not a new
product. It had first been put on the market in the early 80s by the
Australian Glass Company in Queensland. And they had so many
problems with it that they took it off the market.
“One thing that frustrates me is a lot of people make claims but they
won’t back them up by saying who has done the studies. That ’s why we
always state who’s done our tests. Originally we wanted to compete with
DE so we were looking to come in at five microns, but the Australian
Water Quality centre said, hey, you know you came in at two microns!
The tests were carried out by professor Paul Monis in Adelaide.”
Now he’s retired, Rabbidge plans to travel around Australia seeing
those parts of the country he hasn’t visited yet, and continue his
work with the Rural Fire Ser vice.
But it might not be the last we see of him.
“Zeolite Australia has asked if I can be a consultant if anything
comes up, and I’ve got a couple of projects I’m working on. And one
of these projects looks like it might develop into something big.” n
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