Healthy pool water is water that's safe for your family and your swimming pool. It eliminates potentially harmful bacteria and protects your swimming pool and equipment against corrosion and scale build-up.
There are two aspects to maintenance of your swimming pool water: sanitation and water balance.
Everything that enters your pool, including swimmers, pets, leaves and top-up water is a source of bacteria. To keep bacteria under control, your pool water should be treated with a sanitising chemical, usually chlorine, and continuously filtered to remove dead bacteria.
An adequate level of sanitiser residual will ensure that any new bacteria are quickly eliminated without affecting the quality of the water. Regular testing and required chlorine top-ups will help you maintain the desired residual level of 1.0 or 2.0 ppm (part per million).
Having the right water balance is crucial your health and the longevity of your swimming pool and equipment.
A chemical imbalance can lead to corrosion and scale build-up, causing costly damage and preventing proper sanitation.
The pH level indicates how acidic or alkaline the water in your swimming pool is.
Total alkalinity refers to the level of bi-carbonates, carbonates and hydroxides in your pool water.
Calcium hardness is the level of dissolved calcium present in your pool water.