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'Pure' baths return to Roosevelt Spa

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in partnership with Delaware North Companies, has announced the conversion of four new spa treatment rooms for guests of the Roosevelt Baths and Spa at Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Spa State Park. OPRHP has converted two of the four treatment rooms to include 100 percent pure mineral bathwater. The changes will allow spa customers to choose the heating method used to prepare their fresh spring water baths. Two rooms were completed and opened May 30. The remaining two rooms will be completed in time for Independence Day weekend. The cost of the project is $100,000.

In addition to offering the pure mineral water that some believe has therapeutic benefits, guests now have a choice regarding how their bathwater is heated. The first option is the standard heating method, which consists of blending cool mineral water with hot fresh water to achieve the desired temperature. In a study conducted by Malcolm Pirnie for the OPRHP, the environmental consulting firm reported that blending the mineral water with fresh water results in a bath with less mineral content. The process does, however, add effervescence to the water.

The new heating method results in undiluted mineral bathwater. Heating mineral water in the traditional way, by using a boiler, has long been a challenge because the concentrated minerals corrode the tank. But a new tankless system now in place at Gideon Putnam Resort eliminates that problem. The 53-degree, pure mineral water is drawn up from the springs and heated by an internal burner immediately before it flows through the tub faucet. The result is hot, unadulterated mineral water.

Although the differences are slight, by providing both heating methods, patrons will be able to make a choice based on whether they prefer larger quantities of minerals or more effervescence, said OPRHP Commissioner Carol Ash.

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