Knorr Systems provides equipment, service, training, and daily operations for aquatic facilities throughout the Western and South-Central United States. Among its customers is the City of Irvine’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, a world class venue for local, national, and international aquatic events with two side-by-side 50m pools and one 25m by 25yd pool. It even hosted one of the swimming events at the 1984 Summer Olympics!
Given the rarity of having two 50m side-by-side pools, in 2013, the Woollett Aquatics Center was chosen to test the effectiveness and efficiency of the then-new 96% thermally efficient Lochinvar AQUAS condensing indirect pool heating system. While one pool kept its original 89% thermally efficient direct-fired boiler, the other used the AQUAS system, installed by Knorr Systems. Both pools were kept at the same temperature. Findings from the study concluded that the pool with the AQUAS system used 20% less natural gas than the one with a direct-fired heater.
The City has since upgraded all its pools with the AQUAS system, including the Northwood High School Aquatic Center earlier in 2019. With Knorr Systems' help, the City of Irvine is a stellar example of what a forward-thinking city can accomplish in energy efficiency while providing top-quality facilities to local citizens and the international aquatics community.