July 18, 2017

Andrea Wells
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

(Left to Right: Ken Gregory, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Lt. Isaac Ampadu, Indian Health Service Office of Environmental Healh & Engineering (Western Arizona District) and Jody O'Grady, Taylor Technologies, Inc.)

Quechan Parks & Recreation Awarded $5,000 Grant

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has awarded the 2017 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Quechan Parks & Recreation at the 81st National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Education Conference & Exhibition (AEC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of APSP and the Recreational Water Quality Committee, this $5,000 grant honors a public health official or department who has made outstanding contributions to advance the public’s health and safe use of recreational water in pools, spas and waterparks through educational, safety, operational, and technical programs.

In addition to soliciting entries from public health officials each year for the Dr. R. Neil Lowry Memorial Grant, APSP’s Recreational Water Quality Committee develops and maintains verifiable science-based information regarding sanitization technology and chemical products, for use in pools, spas and hot tubs.  The committee also writes the American National Standards Institute/APSP-11 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas and the chemical and sanitation sections for all of the ANSI/APSP standards. 

Senior Environmental Health Officer with the Indian Health Service Office of Environmental Health & Engineering (Western Arizona District), Lt. Isaac Ampadu, accepted the award from Jody O’Grady, vice president of sales operations and support at Taylor Technologies, Inc. and member of the APSP Recreational Water Quality Committee.  

The Quechan Parks & Recreation Department will use the grant to provide Water Safety Instructor training through the Red Cross, purchase swimming equipment, and provide structured swimming lessons for the Quechan tribe.  

“The Quechan tribe is an underserved population and many children have not had the opportunity to take swim lessons to allow them to play safely in the water.  On behalf of the Quechan Tribe, we are honored to receive the Dr. R. Neil Lowry Award to assist us in our efforts to make structured swimming opportunities possible for the Quechan community,” said Ampadu.

“Helping communities update and advance their water safety training initiatives and equipment allows us to continue to promote the safe enjoyment of water, said APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald. “We are honored to provide the Quechan tribe funding in the memory of Dr. R. Neil Lowry, a well-known educator and consultant to the pool and spa industry in Canada and the U.S.”

Past winners of the Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant include: Riverside County California Department of Health, 2016; Columbus Public Health, 2015; Middlesex-London Health Unit, 2014; Brevard County Environmental Health Services Department, 2013; Sacramento County Environmental Management Department, 2012; Alexandria, Virginia Health Department, 2011; City of Houston, 2010; and City of Plano, 2009.

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