What Types of Water Can Go in A Swimming Pool?
types of water for the swimming pool

Most swimming pools use chlorinated water. Out of the gate, it’s the cheapest option, and, as far as many people know, the only option. However, there are two more viable options: a saltwater pool and a mineral pool. You don’t have to use heavily chlorinated water, so as you’re planning to re-open your pool or get one installed, consider all of your options. The one that’s most common isn’t necessarily for you.

What’s a Saltwater Pool?

This is not the saltwater you find at the beach, and it won’t taste the same either. In fact, there’s not a lot of salt in saltwater pools, they just use salt in the place of chlorine in their cleansing systems. Where chlorination systems need chlorine added to them, you would add special pool salt instead. Then it will interact with the salt cells in the water, which together, will produce chlorine. You’ll be creating your own chlorine in amounts that keep the pool clean and make far fewer chemicals. 

What’s Different About Swimming in Saltwater Pools?

Because there’s less chlorine, you don’t get the downsides of a chlorinated pool. If you go in too early after chlorinating the pool, you raise the chances of chlorine irritation on your skin and around your eyes. Even if you don’t, those chances are never zero, and saltwater pools reduce these chances drastically. 

This also makes the water feel different while swimming. Saltwater can feel softer than chlorinated water, which makes it a different and more pleasant swimming experience. This water is easier on your skin as well and hydrates it better than chlorinated water.

In terms of care, saltwater systems are more effective and keep the pool clean longer than pure chlorine systems. This means you don’t have to add salt as often as you would chlorine chemicals. Combine this with the low price of pool salt, and a saltwater pool becomes cheaper over time compared to a chlorine pool.

What’s a Mineral Pool?

As the name suggests, these pools add additional minerals that keep the pool clean and clear of bacteria and algae. The minerals that most mineral pools use include magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride. Together, they cut your chlorine usage by around 50%, and with some sanitation systems like E-Z Pool, you can eliminate the use of chlorine altogether.

What’s Different About Swimming in Mineral Pools?

Like saltwater, the quality of the water in a mineral pool is better than in a pure chlorine pool. Water from mineral pools is often softer as well, and this is due to how the minerals interact with each other to clean the water. Similar to saltwater, you can avoid the irritation to your skin and eyes caused by chlorine with a mineral pool.

The main thing that mineral pools have over saltwater, is that minerals don’t wear down equipment and accessories. Even if you have a fiberglass pool, saltwater will slowly break down any metal, clothing, or concrete going in and out of the pool or being splashed on. 

Consider Pool Water Alternatives with Aqua Leisure

With more options, you have more freedom to have the pool of your dreams when you go to Aqua Leisure Pool and Spas. We have a diverse catalog of in-ground and above-ground pools that you can have filled with whichever type of water you want. You can see what they look like on our showroom floors at any of our locations with our experts who are excited and ready to help you figure out what’s best for you. Contact us today.