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Do you know the best alternatives to traditional pool purification?
Despite the fact that in many swimming pools the water quality parameters established in European regulations are met, it often happens that users are not satisfied with the secondary effects derived from the traditional purification of their swimming pools, such as: headaches , irritation of mucous membranes, impregnation of odors in the eyes and skin, feeling of exhaustion, etc.
Keep in mind that traditional swimming pool purification systems usually lead to a series of problems.
Frequent problems in the traditional purification of swimming pools
The most common problems in the traditional pool purification system are:
- Formation of a biofilm layer when microorganisms, either from users or from the water itself, colonize the pool circuit. This contamination of the pool water poses a health risk for users.
- Reaction of some of the products intended for water disinfection, resulting in the creation of a new product, even more dangerous and with unknown consequences.
- Proliferation of microorganisms in the filtration: It happens that the coagulants used in traditional purification do not have the capacity to reduce the water particles to a size that allows filtration. This low effectiveness of the coagulants causes the substances that are retained in the sand to favor the proliferation of microorganisms.
- Health risk: In traditional purification for swimming pools, chemical products are usually used whose transport, use and storage can endanger people’s health, if they are not used properly and with knowledge by the user.
Alternatives to traditional pool purification
First of all, we have to differentiate the purification system from the disinfection system. Both are necessary to keep the water crystal clear and suitable for bathing.
Pool purification system
It is important to clarify that the purification system is responsible for filtering all suspended particles from the pool water, as well as the bacteria and microorganisms that the disinfection system has previously eliminated.
Good purification is essential to keep the water crystal clear and clean, in addition to eliminating any substrate on which bacteria can reproduce. The most common are silica sand filters for medium/large size pools and cartridge filters for prefabricated pools.
If you are looking for the best alternative to these silica sand filters, we recommend AFM ionically activated glass, which is exactly what we use in our Pure Pure Technology systems. Thanks to its large hydrophobic area and mesoporous structure, this novel filter medium can filter much finer particles and 50% more organic substances than silica sand.
The difference with the rest of the glass filter media that exists on the market is that AFM is manufactured and designed to be used in drinking water treatment plants for human consumption, therefore its demand when it comes to purifying water is much greater. to that of the rest of glass filter media, which are made from recycled glass and therefore have more impurities and dirt.
The main characteristics of AFM ionically activated glass over conventional ones are:
- Filtering capacity for particles smaller than 1 micron.
- Prevents the formation of chloramines.
- Provides better water quality, cleaner and more transparent, without pathogenic bacteria.
- Ecological solution and compatible with any type and size of pool.
- It does not need to be replaced over the years.
Pool disinfection system
If we talk about pool disinfection systems, we advise against the use of chlorine or bromine tablets, not only because of the user’s risks when handling these products, but also because of all the chemical residuals that do not evaporate or eliminate and remain in the water until it is renewed.
The most popular alternatives to chlorine tablets are salt and ozone chlorination equipment. Below we tell you about their characteristics and differences.
Ozone has been taking second place over the years, mainly due to the complexity of the ozone production equipment and its need to be installed together with a liquid chlorine or bromine dispenser, since in times of bathing and high temperatures, it does not have sufficient oxidation capacity to keep the water disinfected.
Salt chlorination, popularly known as “salt equipment”, is becoming more and more established due to its almost zero maintenance and the convenience for the user of using sea salt so that the equipment can produce chlorine naturally through the well-known salt electrolysis , thus disinfecting the water in your pool. Unlike chlorine and bromine tablets, the positive part of this chlorine produced in this process is that it is very volatile and all the residual produced is completely eliminated from the water within days.
The best alternative to this more traditional pool disinfection equipment is the UV equipment in combination with hydroxyl radicals, which you will find in the GodoPools Pure Pure Technology system, since it is a more natural and 100% ecological water disinfection process. .
In this process, we achieve total water disinfection, thanks to ultraviolet light and the support of hydroxyl radicals, which completely disappear from the water after 4 hours. The best thing is that in this process, it is not necessary to add sea salt to the water, so that the water is 100% natural, adopting the same quality as drinking water.
As you may have noticed, pool purification and disinfection systems have evolved enormously in the last decade.
If you had stayed in the silica sand filters and in the disinfection of the pool with ozone or salt chlorinators, perhaps the time has come to change.
At GodoPools we recommend using AFM ionically activated glass to purify your pool and UV equipment with hydroxyl radicals to disinfect it, as they are effective, advanced, very safe, ecological and easy-to-use systems.
Keep in mind that these new technological advances at the service of the pool guarantee not only the health of bathers, but also the preservation of a vital resource for the planet, such as water. Since, after treatment, the water can be discharged into the sea, used for irrigation or reused for other things, without any risk to the environment.
After all, the treatment of water for its reuse is a duty of the world of tomorrow and at GodoPools we believe that we can contribute our grain of sand to the ecology of the planet, simply by choosing the best technology at our service, such as Pure Pool Technology.
We hope we have provided you with useful information about alternatives to traditional pool purification.
If you have questions about how to go from a traditional pool purification system to a more advanced one like ours, contact us!