The Science Of Chlorine Pools
A salt water pool isn’t better than a chlorine pool because it IS a chlorine pool. Saltwater pools electrically convert the pool salt into chlorine. It’s the chlorine that keeps the pool water clean just like the chlorine you buy in buckets.
Chlorine contains a chemical composition that helps kill bacteria and algae. Whenever chlorine is combined with water, it breaks down into hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite acid. These chemicals help destroy, or oxidize, bacteria, and other dangerous microorganisms to make water safer for personal use.
Chlorinated pools are much better at clearing up bacteria in the water than salt water pools. Chlorine also cleans pool water much faster than salt. Chlorine pools are extremely easy to maintain.
You may have heard in the recent news that Hurricane Laura in 2020 caused the BioLab factory, where chlorine pool tables are manufactured in the State of Louisiana, to burn down. Although this may result in slightly increased costs in southern states where pools are utilized year round, it is anticipated other products will meet the demands during a period of temporary shortage, if any.
Alternatives to chlorine include bromine, ionizers, and ozonators, though with each you’ll still need to use some chlorine. A fourth alternative is PHMB (polyaminopropyl biguanide), which doesn’t require the use of any chlorine. All four have drawbacks, including cost. Chlorine is relatively cheap.