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He couldn't have known that 10 years later, he'd earn more than enough to pay it off by renting it out to strangers on the internet. Battan says that since September 2020, his pool has hosted roughly 9,000 swimmers through a platform called Swimply, which dubs itself the Airbnb of swimming pools. The result, according to documents reviewed by CNBC Make It: $177,000 in revenue in less than two years.

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Battan says the experience isn't for everyone: Hosting a rentable pool isn't as simple as laying out fresh towels between visits. He says he's paid roughly $37,000 on maintenance over the past decade for the 26-foot by 18-foot pool, along with its pool house. From cleaning and testing the water's chemicals to managing all the bookings, Battan estimates he and his wife, Lisa Battan, spend roughly 12 to 14 hours per week on their side hustle.

"I love the income, but I generally caution people from it," Battan says. "Unless you're retired or don't have a day job, it takes a lot of time to learn about pool chemistry and management. It's not good enough to just rely on a once-a-week service to come out look at your stuff. I look at my pool chemicals probably five to 10 times a day."

Plus, Battan's pool is the gold standard: He is Swimply's top earner out of 25,000 pools in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Here's how he manages his pool and keeps his side hustle afloat against growing competition.

Battan's pool and its amenities sit on two acres of rural property, meaning they aren't restricted by city or homeowner association regulations. The pool is also right next to the family's barn, where Battan's wife looks after rescued animals like horses, llamas, opossums and pigs.

The location is a draw for families with special-needs children, Battan says. His pool and property are quiet and isolated, which explains the relatively high rental cost: $70 per hour for five people, a rate that rises with additional people and longer durations. Swimply takes a 15% cut from every booking, though Battan says the platform's ease of use is worth it.

When Battan joined in 2020, many local pools were shut down due to Covid restrictions and summer travel was practically nonexistent. These days, he says, demand seems to be decreasing as travel returns and pools reopen.

"I'm at about half of my regular bookings this year compared to last year," Battan says. "Swimply is trying to get as many pools as they can, thinking that the demand in terms of swimmers will naturally keep along with that. That hasn't really been the case yet."

According to Swimply co-founder and CEO Bunim Laskin, the company's booking revenue is currently up 100% year-over-year. "As with any marketplace, there are ups and downs for individual hosts," Laskin says. "As the word gets out about Swimply and we add additional hosts to the platform, we are also adding just as many additional users ... Top pools will always be in demand."

Battan and his wife say they plan to keep renting their pool out for now: They're considering moving to Portugal someday, and hope to pass their Swimply listing to the home's future buyers.

"I think of my pool as an investment and I take it really seriously," he says. "But there are all kinds of hosts out there that I see posting on the Facebook group that say, 'Hey, I put a bunch of chlorine in. Is that good enough?' And I think to myself, 'That's just the beginning of it.'"

In addition to close and constant supervision, the AAP recommends using 4-foot high pool fences on all four sides of the pool and with childproof, locking gates. If you own a pool, be sure to check the gate frequently to make sure it works and locks properly.

This may feel like an overwhelming amount of precautions but following the guidelines and tips mentioned above can help keep your baby safe as you enjoy the warmer weather and some poolside fun with your little one.

Wills Park Pool is located at 1815 Old Milton Parkway in Wills Park. Amenities include a leisure pool with zero-depth entry, interactive play stations, and a water slide, plus a 10-lane competition pool with depths from 4 feet to 12.5 feet, and two diving boards (1-meter, 3-meter). Other new features include renovated locker rooms, a shade pavilion, additional deck space, and a lifeguard training room.

Find the perfect mix of urban living and nature rich surroundings. Enjoy the mature trees and lush lawn that leads to your new home. Once inside, revel in the spacious surrounding and contemporary amenities. Adventures await right around the corner from your new home at Somerset Mews.

One local scientist recently told NBC 7: "Once [mature female great whites] give birth, they likely start to feed on seals/sea lions again, but we [assume] mainly around the [offshore Catalina and North Channel Islands]. where a majority of the seal/sea lion population reside during the summer."

NBC 7 reached out to the Shark Lab to see if their team was aware of any mature white sharks spotted locally, but they said they had not. Christoper Lowe, who is a professor of marine biology at CSULB, said in an email that adult white sharks "are rare off SoCal beaches, but are more common off the offshore islands (Catalina, N. Channel Islands)."

Of course, the mature sharks don't recognize any borders, which is why it may not be a surprise that a large shark was spotted north of San Diego just days after Gibbons recorded video of the large great white off La Jolla.

The forest stands at the Young and Mature sites are both typical of the Acadian Forest Region of the northern temperate zone [68], dominated by red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) with some balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.), and a small component of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.), yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis Britt.) and red maple (Acer rubrum L.). At the Mature site, a second-growth stand of red spruce currently dominates the canopy, with balsam fir, while at the Young site, the canopy is dominated by a mix of red spruce and balsam fir, and is currently undergoing self-thinning [61]. Both sites were cleared for lumber using axes and horses in 1900. As logging operations at that time happened exclusively in winter, there was likely little physical disturbance to the forest floor and mineral soil. At both sites, limbs and small to large diameter tops would have been left on-site as detritus, and both forests regenerated naturally through secondary succession to mature forest stands. The Young site then experienced a second clear-cutting harvesting event in the summer of 1974 with chainsaws and skidders. This site regenerated naturally without site preparation, planting, fertilizers, pesticides or thinning. The only difference in forest management practices and general site and soil characteristics between the two sites is the clear-cutting that took place in 1974 at the Young site. These two forest sites in Mooseland, NS, are thus deemed comparable on the basis of parent material, soil texture/drainage class, soil type and morphology, as well as similar acidity [69], regional climate and other geographical characteristics (e.g. slope and aspect).

Soil was processed in the laboratory by removing visible particulate organic matter, including root litter, and small rocks and pebbles that passed through a 12 mm sieve. As result of methodological challenges arising from the high spatial variability in soils of this region [71], soil samples from the nine pits were combined in order to describe and comment on differences in the mineral pool structure in genetic horizons and not upon the inherent variability at the site level. Composite samples were created by combining equal amounts of sieved and processed soil (by weight) from nine sites. Soil color for genetic horizons was determined using fresh composite samples. Bulk density estimates were obtained from data on depth increments of soil sampled from this site [61] (Table 1).

Separation of four secondary mineral pools and associated C were carried out sequentially using selective dissolutions. The mineral pools extracted included: water-soluble minerals (extracted with deionized water); non-crystalline and/or amorphous organo-metal complexes (extracted with 0.1 M Na-pyrophosphate); poorly crystalline minerals, including ferrihydrite and imogolite (extracted with 0.1 M Na-hydroxylamine-HCl); and crystalline secondary minerals (extracted with Na-dithionite and HCl). The Na-pyrophosphate extraction is assumed to extract material from organo-metal complexes (OMC fraction), but may also dissolve allophane/imogolite and can promote limited dispersion of ferrihydrite and/or goethite [72]. Hydroxylamine HCl extracts poorly-crystalline minerals (PCrys fraction) and is preferred to the traditionally-used oxalate in this study because it is a carbon-free analogue, and also because it represents a better extractant for poorly-crystalline phases as it has a higher specificity for ferrihydrite and other poorly-crystalline minerals [73,74]. Dithionite HCl, a modified dithionite extraction [28] extracts the remainder of minerals from crystalline phases (Crys fraction) which are not removed by Na-pyrophosphate and hydroxylamine HCl, with dissolution of goethite, hematite, lepidicrocite, magnetite and gibbsite [75,76]. The residual fraction left after these sequential extractions represented a SOC pool with slow turnover time and likely represents a stable or passive fraction of mineral-associated SOC [34]. While there is limited understanding of this C pool, we assume it represents a pool that does not turn over on the timescales investigated in this study.

The Fe and Al content of extractable mineral pools along with pool C content provides a measure of the minerals available for binding with C in each mineral-associated OM pool. The molar ratio of C to extracted minerals (Fe + Al) in each pool (WS, OMC, PCrys, Crys), was used as an indicator of the nature of the interaction of OM with minerals. Low ratios, such as those found at depth, indicate adsorption onto mineral surfaces (i.e. coatings), whereas higher ratios indicate mixed organic matter and mineral phases such as colloidal complexes and solid co-precipitates. [77,78]. 041b061a72


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