Water quality has been in the news quite a bit lately and it’s becoming more and more of an issue. Most people are familiar with the issues in Flint, Michigan and most recently San Diego came into the picture because of their drought conditions. Ultimately water quality can refer to a variety of different things but for this blog post we want to focus in on swimming pools and how the poor water quality in Oklahoma can cause major issues with them. If you own a swimming pool most people are familiar with total dissolved solids (TDS) and calcium hardness. These are two of the most prominent factors as to why changing out the water in your swimming pool is recommended. According to Google’s knowledge graph, “Dissolved solids refer to any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) comprise inorganic salts (principally calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates) and some small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water. Whereas, calcium hardness is of an issue because the fill water in Oklahoma is loaded with limestone and other hardness minerals.

If you walk into any pool store or talk to any pool professional they will warn you that your water should be changed when the TDS and calcium hardness get too high in your swimming pool. Some pool stores will even tell you to drain your swimming pool water when the TDS rises above 2,500 parts per million (ppm). The interesting phenomenon here is the water coming out of the tap in Oklahoma is 2,500 ppm! So what does that mean you ask? It means that since our water is already hard a typical drain and refill isn’t your smartest decision. The reason why calcium hardness and total dissolved solids levels rise in your swimming pool is because when water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in solution. As the temperature rises and evaporation increases, the levels get to the point where managing your swimming pool becomes problematic and it also causes calcium staining on the tile, liner and equipment of the pool.

So with all that said, if draining a swimming pool isn’t the solution, what is? Weber Pools offers mobile filtration using the Puripool Process which comes to your home or commercial property and recycles the swimming pool water using Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes. The process conserves 85% of the water in the swimming pool, lowers calcium hardness, lowers TDS, it never exposes the liner of the swimming pool and our guarantee is to give you much better water than what you would get out of the tap. Typically, the service can be performed in less than a day and you can swim in the pool the entire time which means NO DOWNTIME! If you are interested in learning more about how this service can help you, call us today! Also, stay tuned as in next week’s blog we will be highlighting a swimming that we will be recycling in Oklahoma this week.