Swimming Pool Sanitation is Visual Clarity and Microflora Levels

Swimming pool sanitation is a process that destroy micro organisms that cause human diseases. The main goal of any pool sanitation process, is to prevent the spread of potential diseases and pathogens between bathers.

Factors that can affect swimming pool sanitation

Sanitation of swimming pools and spas are usually affected by many factors. Some of which include:

  • The pH (protens hydrogen) level of the water.
  • The temperature of your swimming pool or spa water.
  • Environmental wastes.
  • Contamination from swimmers.

Maintaining proper sanitation levels in your pool and spa, will become increasingly difficult as the levels of human waste contamination increase. Pool sanitizers that are applied to swimming pools and spas, will eliminate nearly all of the micro organisms (pathogens). Pool sanitizers are designed to react with and kill most bacteria.

They are also designed to cause oxidation of the contaminants in the water. Good oxidation of the contaminants in your swimming pool is essential in maintaining proper sanitary conditions at all times.

The purpose of sanitizer residuals!

A very important fact to remember. Your sanitizers have the ability to kill pathogens and oxidize swimming pool contaminants. However they must also be able maintain a residual (concentration) in the water for extended periods. Actually the residual from your sanitizer does the inactivation or the killing of the bacteria and oxidation of the contaminants.

This process occurs as the contaminants enter your pool or spa water. It is also the main source of protection from disease causing bacteria that some swimmers may leave in your swimming pool.

Choosing a sanitizer for your swimming pool or spa

When the water for your pools and spas is un-sanitized, algae begins to grow. This problem will become worst and give your water a solid green look.

This my friend is not good water quality control, nor is it good swimming pool sanitation.

According to international standards, the water quality of your facility, should be so clear that you are able to see the main drain from the pool deck.

This visibility should be at least ten meters (eleven yards) all around your pool deck. Choosing a sanitizer for your pool or spa depends on many factors which include:

  • The water temperature of your pools.
  • The bathing loads of your facility.
  • The location of your pool or spa facility (i.e. indoor or outdoor).
  • The type of facility that you have. This could be a spa (hot tub), swimming pool, a therapy pool, or water park.
  • The chemistry of your make up or source water.
  • Your pool and spa chemicals storage capabilities as well as other safety concerns.
  • Proper supervision and maintenance concerns.
  • National safety codes and regulations.

As a rule of thumb, not because the water of your pools and spas is visibly clear, guarantees that it is properly sanitized. The water quality of your swimming pool and spa, can still be contaminated with microscopic organisms.

Ensuring proper swimming pool sanitation at all times!

Poor pool water chemistry and poor swimming pool maintenance, can lead to low levels of disinfectants and clogged filters. As a result of poor pool maintenance, swimmers are placed at considerable risks for contracting diseases and other infections.

According to the International Organization for Standardization, only swimming pools and spas that offer filtered and sanitized water, can be considered safe places for swimmers.

Preventing your pool and spa bathers from becoming ill, requires you to frequently test the water of your facility.

This test should be done at least twice a day with a pool/spa water test kit. Fresh reagents must be used each time the test is carried out. This my friend, is the only way to maintain a good disinfectant or sanitizer residual for proper swimming pool sanitation.

Swimming pool sanitation minimizes pool contamiantion!

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