Salt water pools are almost universally considered to be nonchlorine pools. In fact, these pools contain extremely high chlorine levels. Users of these salt systems seem to think that somehow common salt is a disinfectant that does not use chlorine.
The actual technology of a salt system involves breaking salt (NaCl) into its core components, one of which is the active form of chlorine (hypochlorous acid). This chlorine is no different than the various forms of chlorine purchased in liquid, powdered or tableted forms and added manually to the pool.
Copious amounts of stabilizer are required in salt pools to prevent chlorine from being dissipated by UV rays from the sun. This stabilizer (cyanuric acid) brings it’s own set of health concerns and is not required in the Oxygen Pools program.
Salt pools usually require higher chlorine levels than most pools because salt in the water creates a high pH environment and chlorine is much less effective at pH levels of 7.6 or highr. Most salt pools tend to run a pH of 7.6-8.1 and, in these alkaline conditions, chlorine is ineffective at normal levels of 1-3 ppm.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS AN OXYGEN BASED TREATMENT PROGRAM?
The actual sanitation demands of a residential pool are quite manageable considering the level of use they usually receive. In the case of oxygen-based treatment, a mechanically produced oxidizer (ozone) is automatically injected into the pool which removes organics from the water quickly and efficiently. Whatever ozone is not used for direct oxidation contributes to dissolved ozone in the water which breaks down to a safe residual level of hydrogen peroxide.
In addition to the peroxide residual, a weekly shock treatment, such as Formula “O”(which includes non chlorine shock, algaecide, clarifier and metal sequestrant) will provide safe, crystal clean water in the vast majority of residential pools.
If a particular pool has unusually high usage or unexpected problems, the regular oxygen based program can be supplemented with a dose of 27% pool grade hydrogen peroxide for a straightforward and inexpensive solution for high demand pools. Pool peroxide is available on the company website and most pool retailers.
STABILIZED CHLORINE AND OXYGEN LONGEVITY IN WATER
The drawback of both chlorine and oxygen (ozone) treatment systems has been the lack of a residual oxidiz