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Photo: Simon Koy

Inside View

 Career: Aquarian

Photos Simon Koy

A swimming pool as a workplace is something very special for me. Normally I analyze industrial water in boiler systems. My customers are firms and facilities that require steam for manufacturing or for sterilizing devices. These inspections usually take place in cramped cellars or boiler rooms.

At an outdoor pool, like here in Munich, the main focus is human health—not ascertaining whether the water’s chemical composition can damage an installation. That’s why I especially enjoy these assignments. Once a month, I take a water sample from the pool and, right there, verify its pH level, the chlorine content and many other parameters. I also take samples back to the laboratory to check the levels of bacteria and other pathogens. As soon as a value is higher than allowed, countermeasures must be initiated, such as, for example, replacing all of the water in the pool. Then, on the weekends, when I see families splashing around in the water, I’m pleased that I can make it possible for them to have a safe time at the pool.