Keeping A Green Pool - Salt Water Filtration And Leak Detection Methods


If you live a green lifestyle and intend on installing a pool on your property, then you are probably concerned about the pool's negative impact on the environment. Chemicals must be placed in your pool to sanitize it and you will likely use a great deal of water to fill and maintain the water level in your pool. Fortunately, there are many different green practices you can utilize to make sure that your pool is as environmentally friendly as possible. Keep reading or ask your pool builder to find out about these practices and how they can be easily implemented.

Use Salt

Most people use chlorine in their pools to reduce the bacteria and other contaminants in the water. Unfortunately, this chemical can cause health issues like asthma, bronchitis, headaches, and digestive problems. Not only does the chlorine cause health concerns, but the chlorinated water can seep into the ground and leach into ponds and rivers. This can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria within the ecosystem. You can prevent health and environmental hazards by reducing your use of chlorine and salt is an environmentally friendly alternative to more harmful pool chemicals.  

Understanding a Salt Water Sanitation System

When you use a salt water pool sanitation system, chlorine will still be contained within your pool water. The concentration will be much lower though, and it will be created by the salt chlorine generator that you hook up to your pool. This generator uses an electrolysis process to extract chlorine from the salt you add to the pool, and the gas that is created permeates naturally though the pool water. Chlorine levels are kept low and constant and just high enough to remove the bacteria and other contaminants that enter your pool.

You can purchase a salt water generator at your local pool supplier and this device can be installed outside your pool. For safety reasons, make sure the electronic device sits at least 10 feet away from the edge of your pool. Connect both the intake and output lines to your pool and plug in the unit.  

Adding Salt To Your Pool

After you install the generator, you can add the salt to your pool. Most salt water sanitation systems work best with a salt concentration of 3,000 to 4,000 parts per million. Check the generator manual to see what level is considered ideal.  

Once you understand how much salt is needed, add about 292 pounds of salt for every 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. This will raise the salt level to 3,500 parts per million. Purchase non-iodized salt that is considered food grade to add to your pool. Add the salt directly to the pool water and check salt levels every week and add more salt when levels drop below the recommended level. Do not add too much salt though, because this can reduce the longevity of your salt water generator.

Reducing Water Loss Concerns

If you are concerned about the amount of water that you must add to your pool on a weekly or monthly basis, then you should be well aware of leak concerns. Pool leaks are considered common and they can occur within the filtration lines and along the base of your pool. In fact, about 30% of all pools have a leak and you may be wasting thousands of gallons of water every year if your pool is releasing water.  

How to Identify Pool Leaks

You can easily find out if your pool is leaking. To test for leaks, turn your pool filter on and place a bucket filled with water on a step or ladder in your pool. Use a marker to mark the water level inside and outside the bucket. Wait 24 hours and check the water levels. Mark the new levels and then use a ruler to measure between the two marks inside the bucket and the two marks outside the bucket. This will help you to determine whether or not water loss is consistent with normal evaporation. If the marks on the outside of the bucket are farther apart than the ones in the bucket, then you have a leak.

If you find that your pool is leaking water, repeat the water bucket test when the pool filter is off. If you see similar results, then there is a leak in the liner of your pool. If there appears to be no difference between the marks on the inside and outside of the bucket, then there is a leak somewhere along your filtration line or within the filter system. Look for the leak yourself based on your results or contact a professional and tell them where the leak is most likely coming from. Both plumbers and pool professionals from sites like can find and repair leaks for you.

If you are a person who enjoys a natural and environmentally friendly lifestyle, then you may be concerned about the way that your pool affects the environment. Fortunately, your pool can be green as long as you use a salt filtration system and you check for water leaks.  


26 August 2014

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