Have To Go Green: Chlorine vs. Saltwater Pools


Grace Limoncelli: Grade 7

Whether your family is purchasing a pool this summer or not, the debate between the traditional chlorine pool and the new saltwater pool has become a hot topic. The differences between these two outstanding choices are vast, and each pool has something to say for it. Here are some facts to help you form an opinion on the matter.

Chlorine

Pros:

  • Less initial cost
  • Long-standing tradition
  • High reward if prepared to properly maintain

Cons:

  • High maintenance cost, and constant, daily cleansing and measuring
  • High risk if not well taken care of

Saltwater

Pros:

  • More self-sustaining, with rare need for cleaning
  • Less chlorine used than regular chlorine pools
  • Less irritation to sensitive skin and eyes

Cons:

  • Higher starting cost
  • More corrosive to surrounding materials

Sources:
http://www.ehow.com/about_6635079_salt-pool-vs_-freshwater-pool.html

http://www.clearswim.com/5-reasons-for-freshwater-pool/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5343848_salt-water-vs-chlorine-pools.html

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