You Need A Water Ionizer And Your Pool Does Too

by Pool Builders on 02-25-2008 in Articles

A water ionizer is a simple, safe and cost-effective tool for purifying treating water. From swimming pool water, indoor and outdoor water features to fish ponds and hot tubs, water ionizers provide crystal clear, fresh sparkling water without the need to use any harsh chemicals.

A water ionizer is used to enhance or maintain high water quality by the electrolysis of pure copper or copper and silver alloys. Water ionizers are widely deployed in swimming pools, spas, jacuzzis, fish ponds or water features to remove algae and bacteria and leave pure, odorless, crystal-clear water.

Aside from use in water ionizers, copper and silver have been recognized and used for their water purification qualities for centuries. The ancient Egyptians and Romans used copper vessels to store and transport water, and many of NASA's manned missions make use of a water ionizer to sterilize the drinking water on their spacecraft.

Copper's is a powerful algaecide and silver has an equally effective ability to kill bacteria. Because of this, these metals make an excellent choice for building a cost-effective water sanitizer.

Whilst a functioning water ionizer generates soluble copper and silver ions as part of the water chemistry, the levels of copper and silver in the water do not pose any health risks. Water ionizers used to treat drinking water for livestock or pond water for fish have never resulted in any adverse effects on those creatures. Indeed, ionized swimming pool water can be used on the garden or consumed by humans without any side effects whatsoever.

Although a water ionizer will easily produce pure, fresh, clear water without much difficulty, they are not a "set and forget" solution.

For a water ionizer to be effective, there are some important caveats:

First, in common with alternative methods of treating swimming pool water the effectiveness of water ionization will depend on close attention to the water's basic chemistry. The levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), the Total Alkalinity (TA), the temperature and pH of the water all play important roles.

Second, the system should have an effective and well-maintained pumping system. The effectiveness of any water ionizer will be proportional to the effectiveness of its pumping system.

Third, water chemistry must be regularly observed an maintained. Water is a living, breathing thing and must be monitored and adjusted as required. This is not a particularly laborious task. For example, private pools need only be tested weekly.

With many people now reluctant to use complex chemical cocktails to treat their swimming pool water or other water features and with the ever-growing needs to find greener solutions to everyday problems, water ionizers will continue to be the water treatment solution of choice in future years.

If you're considering a water ionizer in your swimming pool, compare it to the other methods of water treatment available to you and ask yourself: If I wouldn't drink this water, why would I let my children swim in it?

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