Have you ever wondered why most swimming pools often smell bad, burn your eyes, turn your hair green and destroy swimsuits? Most people will say the answer is simple: “It’s the chlorine!” Would it surprise you to learn that chlorine in its natural state is odorless? Free chlorine is also odorless and will not irritate your eyes or nose and does not destroy fabric!
Here’s the problem: When chlorine oxidizes microorganisms and other organic contaminants, such as sweat, urine, sun lotion and the like, it produces by-products called chloramines. Chloramines are the culprit for the unpleasant side effects of pools. If chlorine is doing its job, you will absolutely get the unpleasant chloramines side effects and another side effect is that after that occurs most pools have too little free chlorine for proper disinfection.
Chlorine also reacts with organic compounds in the water to form THM’s (or trihalomethanes) which are known carcinogens). The more organic matter the chlorine has to oxidize, the more THM’s and chloramines are produced. Some people experience allergic reactions to chlorine by-products which produce symptoms such as itchy and red bumps on the skin, rashes, sneezing, sinus congestion, breathlessness and fatigue which often persist for several days after exposure. You can also be exposed to chloroform levels in swimming pools which greatly exceed the safe chronic exposure standard.
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With an Ozonated Pool, You Can Swim in Bottled Water
That’s not as absurd as it sounds. You probably know that you should not expose your vital organs such as esophagus or stomach to chlorine, so it’s quite likely that you don’t drink water out of your swimming pool, but the body’s biggest organ is your skin and your skin absorbs chlorinated water like a sponge. Ingestion is not the problem – absorption is.
The most effective solution is ozonation. Ozone is highly reactive oxidizer. Nature produces ozone through lightning storms and chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere. Ozone has a number of beneficial properties: in the atmosphere, it helps block excessive solar UV radiation from reaching Earth (that’s why there is such concern about the hole in the ozone layer); it oxidizes microorganisms in both air and water; it removes odors in air and water; and it removes off-tastes in water. Ozone reacts very quickly with other chemical compounds around it, and when it does, its by-product is oxygen (O2).
All bottled water is ozonated for disinfection and sanitation and is free of any tastes and odors. Why not have the same thing for your swimming pool?
Ozone has been used for municipal water treatment since the early 1900’s and it was used in commercial and residential swimming pools shortly thereafter. Ozone for swimming pools is common in Europe, but much less popular in the US because of the availability and economy of chlorine.
But, let’s understand one thing: You don’t switch to ozone because you want to save money (although you will undoubtedly save on chlorine and other chemicals). You switch to ozone for three reasons:
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Do you want to swim in bottled water? All that is left for you to do is choose, your pool size in gallons.