Swimming In Salt Water Is Not The Same As Freshwater Swimming!
The Debate A Salt Water Pool Vs A Freshwater pool
There are many choices when it comes to keeping your pool clean, clear, and safe. It’s important to know the difference between what constitutes chemical cleaners and what is truly freshwater swimming. Many people mistakenly believe that their salt water pool is a freshwater pool. Not the case. Swimming in salt water is not the same as freshwater swimming!
First of all, it’s the difference between swimming in an ocean and swimming in a freshwater river. Second of all, it’s important to remember that salt water chlorinators are designed to do just that – generate chlorine. So a swimmer isn’t truly getting away from all the effects of chlorine (to learn more about why leaving chlorine out is a good idea visit: 5 Reasons Why A Fresh Water Pool Is Better For You!). Most importantly, a salt water pool is often more corrosive on surfaces, materials, and equipment than a freshwater swimming pool which means your pool is wearing down those items more quickly than it should.
Now that we’ve corrected the salt chlorinator misnomer, let’s focus on the other alternatives to chlorine including Baquacil, Ozone, UV, and Ionization/Oxidation. Baquacil in it’s chemical form is polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) and is a medical-grade sanitizer. It’s a gentle sanitizer but it’s still a chemical can be quite is expensive! Ozone gas – administered properly – is a great sanitizer but due to safety concerns can only be used as supplemental which means it has to be combine with another method to be anywhere near effective. Ozone is often coupled with UV light. Ultra Violet light is also great at killing bacteria and algae, backpackers may be familiar with the “UV pen” which is used to clean drinking water. However, UV light only kills at point-of-contact (which is why it’s great for a single bottle of water). It means that your pool has those germs sitting in it until the pump turns on and pushes those germs to the UV chamber. A residual sanitizer (something that is in the pool water) is much quicker method.
The only residual, chlorine free, freshwater swimming system is copper-silver ionization. It is completely effective, and only completely effective, when coupled with oxidation. Copper is a natural mineral which attacks algae while silver attacks bacteria and it uses less than 1/6 of the minimum for EPA drinking standards, so you never have to worry that there is too much of a good thing in your pool yet you’ll know your pool is ready to clean as soon as something falls into it! Learn more about how minerals can sanitize your pool here (How it works link).