Most pool owners know that, as the primary cleaner and disinfectant, chlorine comes with many disadvantages. In addition to the smell that a chlorine-treated pool often has, the effects of the chemicals on the body can range from irritated to severe—burning eyes from contact with the water, dry and irritated skin after prolonged contact. Saltwater pools came into popularity next, providing several advantages over chlorine-treated pools. While some chlorine was still needed to sanitize the pool properly, the level was much lower and significantly reduced the effects on the skin and eyes. It also often requires less regular maintenance to keep your pool clean. However, it is not without some disadvantages as well, including increased corrosion of any metal the water contacts (such as ladders or screws) as well as damage to decking that might not be resistant to salt effects.
Now a new alternative—oxygen pools--can provide you with the same advantages over a chlorine-based system as saltwater, but without many of the saltwater side effects.