Given in the memory of Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of PHTA and the Recreational Water Quality Committee, this $5,000 grant is 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.
The award was accepted by Spencer Martin, environmental health Inspector for Fishers Health Department. Michael Lowry, son of Robert Neil Lowry, presented the award along with Rowdy Gaines, PHTA’s vice president of partnerships and development and an Olympic gold medalist.
Fishers Health Department was created just two years ago, and its environmental health program is responsible for overseeing public and semi-public pool permitting, inspectors and aid for operators and citizens. The city of Fishers pool ordinance has higher requirements than the state of Indiana, and Fishers Health Department is striving to meet those requirements to ensure the health and safety of its recreational pool patrons.
With the Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant, Fishers Health Department plans to certify a pool and spa operator on its staff so the CPO certification course can then be offered locally at a more affordable price. The grant will also be used to purchase training materials for the CPO course as well as chemicals and equipment for pool inspectors.
“What stood out to us about Fishers Health Department was their desire to educate the pool operators in their county and their commitment to public health,” says Terry Snow, owner of TLS Pool Service in Upland, California, and PHTA Recreational Water and Air Quality Committee awards subcommittee chair. “Spencer Martin, in particular, has such a willingness to teach others and make the pools in his community safer. We are proud to provide this grant to such a deserving community.”