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Hand with Salt
Top 5 Myths about Saltwater Swimming Pools.

1. A salt-water pool is chlorine free.
Salt chlorine generation is simply a different way of producing chlorine. The salt chlorine generator produces chlorine from salt, rather than adding the chlorine tablets, sticks, or granules to the pool. Pool owners still have to maintain 1-4 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine in the water at all times, per EPA guidelines. If you want a pool that is completely chlorine-free, you would use bromine or Baquacil® pool care products, which are both available from Lonza.

2. A saltwater pool is easier to own.
Pool owners need to understand that a salt chlorine generator only takes the place of the daily sanitization requirement of the pool. It replaces tablets, sticks or whichever chlorine form you would otherwise use to sanitize your pool water. Having a salt chlorine generator does not eliminate the necessary ongoing tasks of testing and maintaining pH, alkalinity and calcium. All these other water balances need to be tested and adjusted weekly regardless of the type of sanitizer.

3. With a saltwater pool I won’t have to carry hazardous chemicals around.
You won’t have to carry chlorine for sanitizing, but you will still need to carry muriatic acid, shock products, or other chemicals required to maintain the pool. Many of these chemicals require larger volumes to treat and are therefore heavier to carry than more modern chlorine options such as poolife® MPT Extra™ tablets or poolife® Brite Stix® sanitizer. A saltwater pool tends to have a higher pH than traditional chlorine-sanitized pools, and, as a result, more muriatic acid use than traditional chlorine-sanitized pools. In addition, many pool owners don’t realize the sheer volume of salt necessary to operate a salt chlorine generator. Upon conversion, roughly 250 - 350 pounds of salt must be carried and added into the pool for each 10,000 gallon of water. After that, the pool owner will still have to carry as many as half a dozen 40-pound bags of salt to the pool every year depending on pool size.

4. Having a saltwater pool is less expensive because you don’t have to buy chlorine.
Consumers indicate they save little or no money over a 5-10 year time period as the cost of buying the salt chlorine generator system, maintaining it, replacing generator cells and making repairs may outweigh any savings. If you add up the costs over time, it is possible that a pool owner may spend more on a saltwater pool.

5. The water in a saltwater pool feels better on the skin, hair and eyes.
A saltwater pool is a chlorinated pool, so any difference in the water’s feel is due to the added salt. It’s important to note, however, that salt can have negative effects such as accelerated corrosion of pool equipment and cement, stone and stainless steel surfaces in and around the pool. A softer feel to the water can also be achieved by using more advanced systems such as poolife® Brite Stix® sanitizer, which includes a water softening agent, or non-chorine systems like BAQUACIL® or bromine. And additives like Ultima® Endure® water conditioner not only make the water feel softer but they also enhance sanitizer performance.