Cloward H2O, an expert in aquatic design, will be present at the Hot Springs Connection conference, which takes place at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort in Paradise, Montana from 17 – 20 May 2021. This annual event is the only conference that focuses on the needs of hot springs pools and resorts in the US.
In its role as a specialist in all types of recreational water attractions, the company has recently been involved in major renovation projects at three popular hot springs resorts; Glenwood Hot Springs in Glenwood, Colorado; Ouray Hot Springs in Ouray, Colorado and Astoria Hot Springs in Jackson, Wyoming.
Through its work in a wide range of recreational aquatics projects, from pools and water parks to aquariums and fountains over the past four decades, Cloward H2O has built a wealth of knowledge that it can apply to each unique project, forming a detailed understanding of the physics, chemistry and biology involved.
The company is able to bring this expertise to the world of hot springs, providing solutions to these highly specialised facilities. These geothermal attractions have a range of specific challenges, with high temperatures, heavy metals and minerals, salts, smells, thermophilic bacteria and more, plus potential difficulties with source collection and water discharge. But they also provide interesting opportunities to incorporate the natural world and sustainable design features.
Modern hot springs
The modern hot springs experience has evolved, with audiences expecting state of the art facilities that are clean and safe.
Most geothermal source waters come out at between 35 and 55°C but can also be well above 65°C. This energy can be used for several different purposes but must be allocated and optimised through multiple uses. This can be direct uses, such as soaking pools, but also indirect uses like providing heat for buildings, domestic hot water or underfloor heating.
The waters themselves contain different minerals which, while they have many health benefits, can damage pumps, pipes, filters and even concrete. This calls for the type of specialised solutions that Cloward H2O can provide, drawing on its diverse experience.
The company is able to use engineering and scientific principles to create effective, efficient, and successful solutions with long life, low operating cost and safety for recreational and therapeutic aquatics, working in partnership with the operator and design team.
Cloward H2O has recently been looking back at some of its successful projects from its 40 years in the business, including Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, a leading entertainment, meeting and gaming destination.