The only way to live well in the sweltering Florida climate is to have cool water to jump into close by. For most, that means a backyard swimming pool. These days, many homeowners choose to have a salt-water pool. If this doesn’t sound appealing, then read on. I’m about to change your mind.
First, if you have a normal pool with fresh water, you will know that it must be maintained with chlorine. There are various ways to add chlorine to the water, but if you don’t maintain the pH of the water, it will turn green. Swimming in it will be unhealthy. Too much chlorine and it will smell, and getting water in your eyes will sting.
When I lived in Florida we had a typical in-ground pool and we bought big chlorine tablets to add to the water filter. We tested the water to check the safety and often had a lot of trouble clearing up the green, which happened often after it rained. Anyone who has such a pool, will be familiar with having to “shock” it occasionally. Chemicals are added to bring the pH back to normal.
I had already left Florida to live in the northeast by the time salt-water pools were becoming popular. Since then I have gone back to Florida to visit and had the opportunity to swim in a salt-water pool. It was lovely. Continue reading