Chlorine has long been used in public and private pools to cut down on bacteria and provide cleaner, clearer water. However along with the chlorine comes the tell tale red eyes of the swimmer as well as issues such as swimmers’ ear, skin rashes and irritation and even dry, brittle hair. There are far more serious health issues associated with chlorine as well. Ozone for pools offers a number of benefits over chlorinated pools while still providing the same if not better risk of a toxic water environment.
The Down side of Chlorine
As you probably know your body will indicate it is having a reaction to something by obvious tell tale signs such as itchy watery eyes, skin rashes, breathing difficulties and overall itchiness. These are the very same issues most people experience when swimming in a chlorinated pool. Ozone for pools eliminates these symptoms as well as a few others such as the unpleasant smell caused by the chloramines produced by chlorine. Ozone for pools kills bacteria, viruses and protozoa that are the common causes of severe gastrointestinal illness which chlorine cannot do as effectively.
We all know that whether it is a private pool or a public pool there is a necessity to disinfect the water. Chemical disinfectants are required in the interest of the public but are not required in a private pool. This gives home owners options to find non-chemical products such as ozone for pools. Unfortunately when it comes to chlorine there is medical evidence that indicates chlorine can cause respiratory issues due to inflammation. As well chlorine creates carcinogenic chloro-organic compounds such as trihalomethanes. Ozone eliminates the production of chloro-organics and is in fact used for filtering pool and drinking water worldwide. During the Atlanta Olympics many Europeans refused to swim in the chlorinated pools and they had to switch to ozone.
Build up of Carcinogens
Although red eyes and rashes appear immediately the carcinogens associated with chlorine can build up in your system and cause issues down the road. Chlorine is also dangerous due to the airborne endotoxins it produces. It is not uncommon for lifeguards to have Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis which causes coughing and wheezing due to exposure to the endotoxins. Ozone rids pools of the odors associated with chlorines and oxidizes and destroys oils as well as contaminants.
Last but not least ozone is PH neutral and does not add any irritating substances to the water. When used in combination with chlorine or bromines it stops the formation of substances such as chloro-organic by products and trihalomethanes making it effective both with and without chlorine.