If you're fortunate enough to have your own backyard swimming pool, you've no doubt been spending a lot of time in it this summer. But while you were doing cannonballs into the deep end or playing Marco Polo with your kids, did you happen to think of all the chlorine and other harsh chemicals you were being exposed to? Shockingly, the average pool is 95 percent chlorine (household bleach only contains 5 percent chlorine).
We've all seen what chlorine molecules can do to a person's hair, especially blondes, but what we aren't able to see is its destruction to the ozone layer, its production of harmful dioxins – one of the most carcinogenic chemicals out there, or its entrance into wastewater systems, streams, and waterways.
Replacing your current water purification treatment with a natural alternative will take an average of 500-700 gallons of chlorine out of the environment, air, water, and soil each year. While some of the suggestions below do not eliminate chlorine entirely, they still reduce the amount you, your family, and the environment are exposed to.
PLANET FRIENDLY POOL CLEANERS
ECOsmarte: This non-chemical, chlorine-free approach utilizes two sanitizing agents, copper ionization and liquid oxidation. Depending on the setting of the controller switch, water travels through the ECOsmart chamber to either receive copper ions or become oxygenated. The ECOsmarte pool system was used at the Olympic Games in Athens because it creates no harmful by-products for swimmers or the environment.
AquaSmarter Ionizing Capsules: These submersible, water-activated ionic batteries reduce harsh chemicals in your pool by as much as 90 percent and leave behind completely disinfected, purified, crystal-clear water. These capsules utilize pure silver, enriched copper, zinc, activated carbon, and other non-invasive materials to manufacture ions that sanitize and condition water without the use of chlorine or other chemicals. They are currently the only non-electrical ionizing devices available.
Blue Diamond Ozone Water Treatment Systems: According to their website, these types of systems consist of ozone generators that can be mounted on the wall and contain filters inside an atmospheric storage tank. The rising bubbles of ozone and air cause water to be drawn through the filters, where it is cleaned without a water pump. What could be better for your pool than ozone – nature's agent for cleaning and treating both air and water?
Zodiac Nature ² Pool Products: These natural, mineral-based pool sanitizers are free of chemical odors and irritants but they keep your pool clean and inhibit bacteria growth. The use of their above-ground and/or in-ground pool products can cut chlorine use by 50-80 percent!