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Yes. The same technology is used to purify drinking water in homes across America and around the world. They have been in use on swimming pools for about 20 years and are currently in use on over 20,000 swimming pools worldwide. These systems are the best because of all the obvious benefits like the fact that EVERYTHING on your pool lasts longer...a lot longer actually. So you reduce the cost of replacing pumps, filters, liners, ladders, plaster, etc. because each of these items will last a lot longer if they aren't under siege by corrosive salt or damaging chlorine. Your eyes won't burn like fire every time you go under water. You don't even need to shower after you swim. These systems are pretty cool but they are also more expensive then a salt system. The most expensive of two residential models goes for $5600.   If a pool contractor tells you that these systems don't work simply ask them how many times they have installed one. The answer will be zero times!

The Drinkable Pool Water System uses five powerful sanitation processes...patented natural oxygen process, copper ionization, ultraviolet sanitation, 3-Stage Glass Filtration and Certified Installation.

No. Since Drinkable Pool Water is 100% chlorine free, no harmful chloramine gas (or chlorine odours) are generated. Drinkable Pool Water is therefore ideal for asthma sufferers, and those with allergies to chlorine can swim for hours without any adverse health effects.

Yes, Drinkable Pool Water Systems are installed in many heated pools and spa pools across the globe. Unlike chlorine that becomes useless at temperatures over 32°C and generates high levels of chloramine gas and Trihalomethanes at higher temperatures, the Drinkable Pool Water oxidation process and residual sanitizers are not affected by temperature and water and air quality remains healthy even at temperatures exceeding 36°C.

However, since heated water holds less dissolved oxygen than cold water at temperatures over 33°C our systems come standard with UV as an added level of sanitation.

Drinkable Pool Water Systems are far more technologically advanced than their competitors.

Instead of a single pair of oxygen anodes that are usually only coated on one side, DPWS uses a unique patented multiple anode ('stack') technology (6-8 anodes per chamber) that are not only coated on both sides but with anode size, shape, oxidizing coating and microchip technology carefully designed to offer the highest output of oxidation currently available.

DPWS's stack technology delivers at least 10-fold more oxidation per chamber than the single plate anode systems used by competitors. Thus to achieve the same level of sanitation fewer chambers are required by Drinkable Pool Water Systems offering clients a far more cost effective solution.

This multi anode hyper-oxidation feature and the ability to combine several oxygen chambers into large oxygen banks (e.g. MK250) allows DPWS's to sanitize large olympic sized swimming pools with high bather loads. Our large industrial multiple chamber 'bank' systems for commercial swimming pools are far superior than the single plate single chamber systems used by competitors.

Furthermore, unlike competitor systems DPWS's oxygen and copper ionization plates are housed in separate chambers rather than in the same chamber. Therefore with DPWS there is no switching between oxygen and ionization modes providing a continuous 100% oxidation output. The result is far greater sanitation levels than competitor systems.

With Drinkable Pool Water there is no harmful DBPs or chloramine gas produced in the water.

Unlike chlorine, salt chlorination or ozone that generate harmful sanitizers in the swimming pool itself, a Drinkable Pool Water System sanitizes the water not the swimmer. The DPWS oxygenator system is unique in that it produces powerful oxidizers OH, O1, H2O2 in a sealed chamber away from the swimmer. OH, O1 and H2O2 are highly unstable molecules that revert back to water immediately leaving only Oxygen and water that is sanitized, but non-toxic.

In the Drinkable Pool Water swimming pool, swimmers are exposed to saturation levels of Dissolved Oxygen (DO). Because Oxygen is healthy, unlike chlorine and ozone there is no chance of harmful 'overdosing' the pool. Ionization output is regulated on the Drinkable Pool Water System to produce and maintain only a trace amount of copper ions. Both oxygen and copper ions are effective sanitizers yet beneficial, non-burning, non-corrosive leaving water soft and healthy.

As of 01/12/2016 I have not seen any studies specifically addressing this concern. Because of the lack of scientific data we are forced to use the common sense approach. The one thing science has told us with certainty is that taking salt into your system via salty foods is bad for you. Salt can contribute to hypertension which in turn raises your risks significantly for heart attack and stroke among other things. Now I'm not a doctor but this is such an interesting and widespread topic of discussion in the pool industry that I can't help but contribute my humble opinion to the discussion. If salt is bad for you when it gets into your body the question of whether or not swimming in a Salt Pool is healthy depends completely on how much salt can get into your system just by swimming in salt water. I theorize that salt is probably absorbed into the body at significantly higher rates through the private parts of the body than through the skin. If this is true (which it may not be) then swimming in salt water pools would increase the intake of salt into your body and therefore would be bad for you. If you want to know for sure there is a simple way to prove to yourself if salt is or isn't bad for you over the long term. Of course you should check with your doctor before trying this to make sure it is safe for you. Go to your local pharmacy and have your blood pressure tested for free. Put One Cup of Swimming Pool Salt in your bathtub and fill it with water. Soak in salt water for 30 minutes. Repeat this soaking process for a period of 5 days then go back to have your blood pressure tested again. Interesting results?

Maintaining an Drinkable Pool Water pool is easy and requires less maintenance than a chlorine pool. With no harmful chemicals to handle, self-cleaning function and automated oxidation and ionization, DPWS offers hassle free pool maintenance.

However, no pool is maintenance free. With DPWS weekly maintenance involves back washing and rinsing your filter and ensuring your pool is clean and free from debris and leaves. Ensuring pH does not exceed 7.2 (pH can also be automated), visually checking the reading on the E-box is on 2Amp (conductivity at the plates) and checking copper levels are on 0.5ppm using the copper test kit provided (if levels rise above 0.5ppm adjust the copper output on the e-box down; if below 0.5ppm adjust copper output higher). Oxygen output to remain on 100%.

Each DPWS oxygenator system comes with a maintenance schedule and we offer 24/7 technical support.

Yes as with all pools, calcium hardness is an important factor. Upon installation, calcium hardness levels need to be raised to 250-300ppm. With DPWS's calcium hardness levels are important for two reasons:

1. Calcium acts as an electrolyte to increase the conductivity of water which with the extremely low current at the plates is important to achieve sufficient electrolysis ie electronic oxidation and ionization output. When readings on the DPW management system (e-box) drop below 2 Amp, this usually indicates low conductivity and that calcium hardness levels need to be increased (calcium hardness).

2. Calcium and DO (dissolved oxygen) in the water result in water that is soft and gentle on the skin. Oxygen converts the calcium into a bicarbonate form which softens the water and provides natural alkaline management.

Calcium hardness levels are very stable, but with regular back washing usually needs adjusting 1-2 times a year ie when readings on the e-box drop below 1.8-2Amp (or on our older single and double plate systems 450mA).

This is one of the most common questions I have been asked by my pool liner customers. Luckily I have good news for those of you who are tired of getting only 3 or 4 good years out of the printed design on your liner. There are two things that cause your pool liner to fade, harsh chemicals from chlorine or salt systems and UV rays from the sun. Salt and chlorine systems are horribly damaging to pool liner colors over the years. Sunlight is damaging but to a much lesser degree. If you install an ecosmarte "no salt no chlorine" system on your pool you will eliminate the vast majority of fading because you are eliminating chemicals in your pool water. The difference in fading on pool liners is night and day. When you look at a pool liner on a salt system pool after 5 years the liner is usually almost white it has faded so badly. Look at a 5 year old liner in an ecosmarte pool and there is almost no fading at all...it looks like a new pool liner! When you take the chemicals out of the pool water everything on the pool lasts longer. The pump, filter, liner, plaster, everything. This simple observation makes perfect sense but believe it or not people in the industry are still arguing about it. If you don't believe it just shoot us an email and ask to see the pictures of 5 year old liners in pools with different systems. It's amazing to see.

With an Drinkable Pool Water pool, running costs are reduced by over 90% with huge savings on chemicals and water. Low levels of calcium hardness flakes (to ensure calcium hardness levels remain on 250ppm) and minimal levels of pool acid are used. Ionization plates are self-sacrificing and replaced approx every 2 years depending on bather load. Ionization plates are inexpensive and easy to replace. Oxygen anodes do not need replacing.

Yes. Copper has been used as a natural biocide for over 11,000 years and is the most effective, natural bactericide, fungicide and algaecide known to mankind. Developed by NASA in the 60's the ionization technology was used as an alternative to chlorine for drinking water aboard space shuttles.

In its natural form, copper ions are an essential micronutrient and required by all higher organisms for healthy metabolism and enzyme function. Copper ions are not absorbed through the skin and requires specialized receptors in the gastro-intestinal tract for uptake. Copper is essential for healthy skin, hair, bones and metabolism. Copper ions strengthen, repair and protect arteries, veins, nerve fibers and the immune system and prevents arthritis.

The WHO has recommended a daily intake of copper of between 1.5-2ppm and EC 98/83 Directives for drinking water stipulates max copper levels of 2ppm.

The DPWS oxygenator produces copper ions in its natural form. In Drinkable Pool Water swimming pools copper is maintained at trace amounts, ie 0.5ppm, which is below that found in most food supplements.

The Drinkable Pool Water System's microchip technology ensures a very low current is maintained at the copper anodes to produce a slow copper ion output.

After installing the DPWS unit, copper output is initially set to 100%.

Once a level of 0.5ppm is achieved, copper output on the control-box can be adjusted down to 25% (or level suitable for your pool) which will maintain levels at 0.5ppm. This ensures levels will not rise too high. DrinkablePoolWater.com supplies a copper test kit.

If ionization output on the control box is adjusted down this should not happen.

Copper levels of 1-2ppm is still withing drinking water standards so there are no health risks.

However, should levels rise above 1ppm there is a risk of staining. This is easily removed and does not cause any damage or harmful bleaching.

To achieve 100% chlorine free water your pump and filter need to be correctly sized for your pool ie within international operational standards for chlorine pools.

If your existing filters are undersized, the DPWS can reduce chlorine levels by ~90-98% (providing chlorine levels withing municipal drinking water standards).

For pools under 20,000 gallons a 450 lb filter and 1.5 HP pump is recommended.

For pools 18,500 gal - 26,500 gal a 600lb filter and 2.0 HP pump is recommended.

The only replacement parts are the ionization electrodes, which are inexpensive and easy to replace and the UV lamps that have an 5000 hour lifespan. Ionization anodes would normally be changed every 12 to 24 months. You do not need to replace Oxygen anodes.

We offer the best warranty (by far) in the industry and we make it extremely easy to make your warranty claim in the unlikely event something goes wrong with your system within the warranty period.

2 Year bumper to bumper warranty on all parts excluding copper bars which will need to be replaced every one to two years.

Bather load is an important factor for any pool.

Bather load is directly proportional to water volume and the WHO has set recommended limits on the amount of bathers per water volume within a 24 hour period, generally 1 bather per 1,000 gallons of water.

For high bather load pools it is essential that filters are sized correctly to deal with the increased organic load. When swimming pools are overloaded filters become saturated quickly which reduce their efficiency and compromise flow rates. Poor filtration leads to murky pool water, poor sanitation and elevated levels of chlorine and other chemicals.

Operational standards for filtration rates have been set by the WHO relating to the type of pool, eg commercial training pools, spa pools or domestic pools.

In chlorine or salt chlorinated pools that are under filtrated increased levels of chlorine is used to "bleach" away excessive organic matter and to provide adequate sanitation. This results in unhealthy water with high levels of combined chlorine such as chloramine gas (that familiar chlorine smell) and carcinogenic DBPs such as chloroform and bromoform.

With DPWS we recommend bather loads and filtration in line with WHO standards. DPWS pools with inadequate filtration will require a small residual of 0.3 - 0.5ppm total chlorine (within municipal drinking water). Since oxidation breakpoint is reached through the Drinkable Pool Water System chlorine consumption will be reduced by ~95%.

With correct bather loads in relation to water volume and adequate filtration e-clear pools can operate 100% chlorine free.

Drinkable Pool Water Systems are very suitable for outdoor pools as DPWS sanitizers (oxygen and copper ions) are not affected by temperature or UV as with chlorine. So you don't need to add any stabilizers to your pool.

Good filtration and flow rates are crucial with any form of water sanitation to ensure suspended/organic matter is removed. The WHO has recommended standards of flow rates and filtration rates according to application.

A general rule for public/commercial pools are: A max water turnover rate of 2-4 hours; and 1Ton filtration media per 26,500 gallons.

For domestic swimming pools (under 60,000L) as with chlorine, e-clear recommends a minimum 1.1kW pump and 5 bag sand filter.

Technical recommendations are provided with each e-clear quotation.

It's so easy! Drinkable Pool Water Systems are no more difficult to install than conventional salt chlorinators and can be installed by most pool builders in 1-2 hours.

Similar to chlorine.

Small pools      ~8 hours a day
Medium pools ~10 hours a day
Larger pools     ~12 hours a day

Yes, the system is fantastic for fish ponds and very healthy since it super oxygenates the water. For koi and fish ponds DPWS combines its oxygen technology with UV while ionization is omitted.

The Drinkable Pool Water System works best with an impervious lining such as fiber-lined, fiberglass, epoxy painted or tiled pools. Porous linings such as marbelite leaches calcium into the water which has the effect of raising the pH of the water. Water quality and pH is more stable with an impervious lining.

Although it can work in good quality marbelite pools, white marbelite linings are prone to copper discoloration (blue colour). The calcium can act as a magnet for the ionization. This may cause the copper to fall out of suspension and discolour white marble. Charcoal or dark coloured pools are no problem since you won't see any copper discoloration.

Since Drinkable Pool Water Pools are chlorine free, you do not get the formation of copper chloride and therefore no black stains on your lining.

No. With DPWS the water is soft and gentle. With no chlorine or salt, there are no bleaching or aggressive water chemicals to destroy the filter sand, pumps, immediate pools surround and indeed the pool shell itself!

No, your certified installer is aware of the correct filter size for your pool so please rely only on the advise of the certified installer if your pool builder is not certified. This is because most builders are not familiar with our system and in order to maintain a 100% chlorine free pool it is extremely important that our installation requirements are followed accurately.  The system works very well but they must be installed properly.  This is why only certified installers can install Drinkable Pool Water Systems.

 

Yes, but since the quality of well water can vary from region to region and the quality can change from time to time, well water is generally not ideal.

Well water may contain black algae, pathogens such as E.coli and faecal coliforms as well as harmful heavy metals such as mercury and cyanide. Depending on water quality home owners that use well water to top up their pools may need to provide a small boost of chlorine or boost with 50% Hyprox (H2O2) when and if needed.

Well water is often rich in iron, sulphur and heavy metals. Therefore, as with chlorine sanitation we recommend a metal removal pre-treatment prior to switching the DPWS on. Periodic repeat treatments may be required depending on water quality.

As with any form of sanitation we cannot guarantee that your pool will never go green. Failure to maintain your pool correctly is the main cause for deteriorating water quality. These include not back washing your filters weekly; allowing pH to rise over 7.2; low conductivity due to low calcium hardness levels, poor flow rates and not removing debris, leaves and dirt from your pool and pump basket. Pools that are underfiltrated and that have poor flow rates are more likely to green than pools with correct filtration. To remedy you can shock your pool using chlorine or to remain chlorine free you may use 50% Hyprox (H2O2; 1/4 gallon per 2600 gallons of water)

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