A Comparison Between Salt Water Pools & Chlorine Pools

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Childhood summers used to be punctuated by water fights, barbeques, family beach holidays, melting ice creams and the frizzy-haired-red-eyed-itchy-skinned aftermath of two months straight in a swimming pool.

And so the battle of salt and chlorinated pools began.

Chlorine Water

Chlorine has its benefits; it has significantly reduced the spread of bacteria and viruses in swimming pools since its inception in the 1920’s, and continues to keep the vast majority of pools around Australia crystal clear throughout the summer months. It is a well-tested system and one that most pool owners are comfortable maintaining. But it is also renown for irritating eyes and skin, and has been linked to (though not proven to be the cause of) an increase in asthma. 

Swimming pool chlorinators may well be an exceptional option for your pool, depending on your intended pool use and initial outlay.  However, in recent years, the interest in alternative anti-bacterial options for pools has increased significantly. The most popular of these is the somewhat misunderstood ‘salt water’ pool.

Salt Water Pools

Salt water isn’t, as some may believe, like having a glut of ocean water dumped in your pool. The quantity of salt is so insignificant that one can’t taste its presence. Saltwater pools actually require a chlorine generator that converts salt into salt water chlorinators. It is a misnomer that there is no chlorine in saltwater pools.  In actual fact there is.  Using this technology, chlorine is infused in a more steady and consistent manner, avoiding an overabundance of chlorine (hence the lack of itchiness) and reducing the incidence of algae and fungi build up. 

Saltwater pools are initially more expensive to set up, but over a short period of time, the lack of ongoing costs and the ease of maintaining your pool will negate the initial set up costs. Salt or water are the only two components that may be needed on occasion, to ensure the pH levels are maintained. 

Chlorine pools have minimal set up costs, but chlorine tablets will need to be purchased and used frequently to maintain your pool. The upkeep of chlorine pools is quite rigourous, the pH, alkalinity and calcium levels all need to be checked frequently and maintained to avoid algae and fungi build up.

The choice essentially comes down to preference and usage… 

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