Those seeking an alternative to the use of chlorine as a traditional water disinfectant, might choose salt water systems for their backyard pools. Salt water pools are not the same as swimming in the ocean and still rely on chlorine for their sanitation.
Left untreated, pool water soon turns green and murky. Algae and protozoa thrive in this aquatic environment and left untreated, viruses, bacteria and other contaminants can prove harmful to humans. Chlorination is inexpensive and effective in disinfecting swimming pool water, making it sake for bathers. The way the chlorine is introduced into the pool differentiates standard chlorine treated pools from salt water pools.
In traditionally treated pools, chlorine, either in gas form or in compounds is added to the water. In salt water pools, salt is added and through the process of electrolysis, and after further reacting with the water, the salt changes into the chemical compounds used in the traditional chlorine disinfection process.
In salt water pools, the salt is omnipresent and as such chlorine disinfection compounds are generated continuously. This alleviates the buildup of chloramines and by products of the disinfection process and reduces eye and skin irritation associated with chlorine treated pools.
Remember that salt water pools, while minimizing extraneous chemicals, they like traditional chlorine treated pools do add chemicals to the water, so calling them chemical free is inaccurate.
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