Salt water pools are not created equal

shutterstock_132265922Some of you may think all salt water pools are created equal – they’re not.  There are major differences in the water’s salinity, the swimming experience, equipment used and maintenance.

The most common salt water pools use salt chlorination technology.  Salt chlorinators turn salt into chlorine with a mild salinity of between 2,700-3,400 ppm (parts per million) with 3,200 ppm being optimal.  Salt chlorinators require a low concentration of salt – approximately a teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. The correct salt level is comparable to a human tear and as such, imparts no or little taste.  The actual amount of chlorination required to properly sanitize a pool varies due to the pool size, bather load, rainfall, temperature and the pool’s cleanliness.

Ocean-water pools are not that common.  The salinity level can be as much as 35,000 PPM vs 3,200 of a salt chlorinated pool.  Imagine the difference in your swimming experience.

There are many salt chlorination options available to suit individual applications, season length and budgets.  For more on salt chlorination