It had to happen eventually, right? We drink water, cook with water, clean with water, bathe in water, grow our food with water, give it to our favorite furry (or not-so-furry) friends… and swim in water.
Therefore it only makes sense that we also include a section on WaterTestingBlog.Com where we try to help people find solutions to problems with their pool/spa water and keep their water crystal clear and safe to swim or relax in.
After all, bacteria and other harmful things can get in our bodies through the pores, too!
With that said, below you will find a list of water quality parameters that pool and spa owners typically must pay attention to if they want to keep their water in proper balance:
Other vital water parameters may exist depending upon the sanitizer system used in an individual pool or spa and the source water used to fill the pool or spa.
Naturally at this point you probably want to know what levels you ought to keep those parameters, right? So glad you asked! The levels below are typical/ideal for POOL water only. Levels for spa water parameters vary somewhat due to the temperature of the water and chemicals used to sanitize spa water.
+ Sanitizer Levels — Depends on the sanitizer used
+ pH — 7.2 to 7.8
+ Alkalinity — 80 ppm to 120 ppm
+ Calcium Hardness — 180 ppm to 220 ppm
+ Cyanuric Acid — 25 ppm to 50 ppm
+ Iron — 0 ppm
+ Copper — 0 ppm (if not using copper based algaecide or ionizer)
+ TDS — 500 ppm to 5,000 ppm
For more detailed information on the correct levels of the different parameters for YOUR pool or spa, please consult with your local pool/spa professional and remember… bad tap or well water also makes for bad pool water!
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