Having a saltwater pool means way less chemicals in your pool right?
The short answer: not really!
Saltwater pools are perhaps the most misunderstood of all concepts in the pool industry. Contrary to popular belief saltwater pools do not simply contain a saltwater solution like the ocean. Saltwater pools still use chlorine to sanitise the water. The chlorine is generated by a ‘salt chlorinator’ that converts the salt you put in the pool into chlorine through a process called electrolysis. Like regular pool sanitization, saltwater pools rely on chlorine to reduce the level of microorganisms (by approximately 99.9%) while also performing the task of oxidizing bio contaminants such as sweat, urine, lotions and soap residues.
There are several good reasons to convert a pool to a salt chlorinator, one of them being that they allow for automated control over chlorine levels saving the user time in testing and manually adding chlorine to the pool. Another benefit is that salt pool owners no longer have to purchase and transport chlorine from the store to their backyard as the system basically creates a mini-chlorine factory inside your swimming pool. It is also claimed that the water in a saltwater pool will feel better, look better and taste better. This may very well be the case if one compares a salt pool to an improperly maintained pool. But when a salt pool is compared to a well-maintained traditional chlorine pool, there is no noticeable difference in how the water feels, looks or tastes.
The truth about saltwater pools is that they require the same chlorine level in the water, as do regular chlorine pools in order to sanitise and oxidise organic matter in the pool.
Can I use Clear Choice with my saltwater pool?
Yes you can! Clear Choice Pool Treatment performs the task of oxidizing organic contaminants leaving the chlorine generated by the salt chlorinator free to do its job of sanitizing the pool water resulting in much lower levels of chlorine in the pool. In addition Clear Choice Pool Treatment improves water quality leaving it with a lovely soft feel. For more information read about How to Use Less Pool Chemicals.
Fact Sheets. (n.d.). SPASA Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance. Retrieved from http://www.spasa.org.au/for-consumers/fact-sheets.html