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Saline Pool Conversion-Frequently Asked Questions

Rex Wellness Center pools are chlorine-free pools with a "spa-like" feel of softer, less harsh saline water. Saline is equally effective as traditionally chlorinated pools, yet has fewer chemical side effects. In addition to improvement of the overall swimmer experience, maintenance of saline pools is far more efficient than chlorine pools.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do saline pools work?
Q: How salty is the water?
Q: Are saline pools healthy and safe?
Q: Is it a comfortable swimming environment? Will it irritate my skin?
Q: Will the salt burn my eyes?
Q: How does the water feel?

Q: How do saline pools work?
Saline (salt water) purification systems provide on-site production of the sanitizer necessary to maintain safe water. Sanitizer is produced automatically within the water itself. An electric current is passed through salt water in a chlorinator cell, splitting salt into sodium and chloride. It then releases a chlorine gas into the water which dissolves instantly (so it is never a hazard) and produces adequate levels of sanitizer.
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Q: How salty is the water?
Saline pools are not very salty. To give you an idea, human tears are THREE times as salty and ocean water is TWELVE times as salty as saline pools.
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Q: Are saline pools healthy and safe?
A saline purification system maintains perfectly healthy water and eliminates the risks and problems associated with periods of high or low chemical levels. Sanitizer can be maintained at levels to comply with state and local requirements. The Rex Wellness Center pools are checked multiple times daily by certified pool operators and are tested weekly by Rex Hospital's Microbiology Lab. We pride ourselves on meeting and exceeding North Carolina and Wake County standards for water quality.
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Q: Is it a comfortable swimming environment? Will it irritate my skin?
Users of saline pools enjoy the natural therapeutic and health benefits of the mild salt water with none of the effects usually suffered with manually chlorinated pools. People who have reactions to manually chlorinated pools generally do not have a problem swimming in a saline pool. As a rule, saline is much less irritating to the eyes and skin.
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Q: Will the salt burn my eyes?
Saline is much easier on your eyes than chlorine because of the lower percentage of salt found in the water.
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Q: How does the water feel?
Saline feels softer on the skin than manually chlorinated pools.
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