This $5,000 grant is in memory of Robert Neil Lowry, who received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University and was a longtime member of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance as well as the Recreational Water Quality Committee. The annual 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.
Lowry was a well-known educator, and consultant to the pool and spa industry in the United States and Canada. He had a global impact while serving on the RWQC, was a member of the Hot Tub Council of Canada, established Lowry & Associates in 1985, and was the original author of “Pool & Spa Chemistry: A Testing & Treatment Guide.” As chief educator and owner of the Lowry School of Pool & Spa Chemistry, he certified thousands of pool water technicians.
To be considered for the grant, the public health official or department must describe their planned or proposed program; the service provided and how it benefits public health and safety; the impact of the expected results; and how the grant funds will be used.
For the first time, the winner will be honored at the World Aquatic Health Conference in Houston, which runs October 12 to 14.
For more information about the grant and to submit a nomination form, go to Phta.org.