Chlorine has been used to sanitise and disinfect swimming pools for many, many years. For a long time, a chlorinated pool was the go-to for pool cleaning, but people have been looking for more natural and less harmful alternatives in recent years. If you have an existing chlorine pool, you may be finding that the chemicals in the water cause skin problems, sore red eyes and exacerbate breathing difficulties in people with asthma. All of this can be avoided by converting your chlorine pool to a natural freshwater swimming pool. So if you’re looking for alternatives to chlorine for swimming pools, contact the team to learn more about installing a freshwater pool.
The difference is crystal clear
Chlorine has been the traditional method to sanitise water and has been used since the early 1900’s. Although chlorine has been deemed sufficient to sanitise both domestic and commercial swimming pools, swimmers are susceptible to all kinds of skin reactions and respiratory allergies.
Pool chlorine is a salt of hypochlorous acid, i.e., a “hypochlorite” salt, which is added to pool water to keep it healthy for swimming. That chemical reacts with the molecules that make up your skin: Your skin is made from proteins and fats/oils; those compounds are susceptible to reacting with chlorine. Chlorine’s chemical reaction with your skin can cause irritation, such as itching or burning.
Additionally chlorine dissipates quickly, which in turn has a direct effect on the water balance of the pool and the costs associated to rebalance. Other harmful chemicals are needed to hold the chlorine for longer periods of time (cyunaric acid), which is commonly sold off the shelves of pools shops as “sunblock” or “sunscreen”.
Swimmers are also deterred from chlorinated pools simply from the foul odour and taste of the water. It is also common for bathers and towels to deteriorate far quicker in a chlorine based pool, as well as the pool equipment itself.
Another problem is that chlorine is extremely hard to wash off of your hair and skin. Because chlorine bonds to your hair and skin, it gets stuck there and does not wash away in the shower. Not with soap. Not with shampoo. Not with body wash. Those products do not break chlorine’s bond to your skin.
The Truth About Salt and Mineral Pools
We often hear people say that they don’t have chlorine in their pool because it’s a ‘salt or mineral’ pool. The fact is that these are still chlorine-based pools ‘hypochlorite’. You can find out more about salt-water pools here.
The hybrid NKD-R Freshwater System is made up of a digital control unit that supplies and manages current to the electrode assembly (OXI & ION Cell). Electrolysis passes through the oxidiser and copper and silver anodes, releasing the ions into the water. The silver disinfects the water controlling bacteria and the copper prevents algae growth. The oxidiser destroys organic matter while the minerals left in the water form a residual that continues to sanitise the water.
The end result is the water you’re swimming in is virtually no different to the water from your household tap. Healthier for you, easier to manage and better protects your long-term investment for your home and family.
Pool Chlorine Alternatives
While alternatives such as salt water pools and mineral pools have been favoured in recent years, both options still require a high level of chemicals added to your pool. For a safe and natural feeling pool, convert your pool with a freshwater system. We’ve designed an innovative way to clean and disinfect your pool easily. It’s nicer to swim in, better for your health, and better for the environment surrounding your pool.
Why Get a Freshwater Swimming Pool?
There are so many benefits to having an alternative to high chlorine in your swimming pool. See the list below to see the benefits of swimming in fresh water as opposed to high chlorine water.
No red eyes or irritated skin
Better for asthmatics, psoriasis and eczema
Up to 50% savings on running costs
Recycle pool water to your garden
Long-lasting equipment and pool surrounds
No need to shower or wash swimwear
Less maintenance than other pool sanitisation systems
The lowest levels of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) delivers crystal clear freshwater
Rejuvenating and refreshing during and after swimming
Why Get a Chlorine Free Swimming Pool?
Transform Your Chlorine Pool Into A Crystal Clear Freshwater Pool
The Benefits of a Naked Pool
With a Freshwater Pool System instead of a highly chlorinated swimming pool, you can expect lower running costs, longer-lasting pool equipment and health benefits for you, your family and the environment.
- Cost effective
- Gentle on skin
- No red eyes
- Asthma and eczema safe
- Easy to maintain
Reinvigorate Yourself in a Freshwater Pool
The NKD-R freshwater system can be installed to convert your existing chlorine pool or installed with a brand new pool build. Speak with the team today to learn how you can transform your backyard (or front yard) into a freshwater oasis. Your new pool will be silky smooth, odour free, clean, fresh, sanitised, safe and healthy. Maintenance for your pool will be minimal and the costs less than a chlorinated pool. After a swim in your freshwater pool, you’ll feel refreshed and reinvigorated, and you won’t even need to shower afterwards! Embrace the fresh-thinking alternative to chlorine pools and dive right in!
Contact us today to learn more about our freshwater pool systems.