THE SCIENCE IN A NUTSHELL
It is common knowledge that chlorine and salt are harmful to the human body and swimming pool components. Listed below is the science behind the Drinkable Pool Water System which uses multiple technologies together to safely sanitize swimming pool water without the use of chlorine. ZERO CHLORINE REQUIRED. For most commercial pools in the United States, regulatory codes have not yet been updated to allow for the new technology and chlorine residuals are still required to meet regulations. This is not a problem because the Drinkable Pool Water System is compatible with chlorine if required by regulations…but it is important to keep in mind that the use of chlorine with our system is strictly for compliance purposes and is never required to properly sanitize the pool water. Residential pools can run 100% chlorine free through America!
There is no other system that combines the three sanitizing elements included in our globally patented technology. Hydroxyl ions given off by the titanium plates act as a powerful oxidizer (doing the job of chlorine, peroxide, ozone, etc.). However, hydroxyl does not have a residual killing effect so copper ionization is used, in addition to hydroxyl, to kill bacteria, viruses, coliform, and algae by preventing them from reproducing. But we don’t stop there! The water is then introduced to HET-UV, or High Exposure Time Ultra Violet Light, every 12 hours minimum which kills 99.9% of bacteria and other living organisms that happened to survive the other two sanitation processes. These 3 technologies are not available in any other system anywhere and are patent protected. These three processes, working together at the same time, ensure that the pool water is safely sanitized.
HEALTH NOTE: We are committed to fighting cancer by preventing it in the first place. While some states, like California via Proposition 65, have already started to take positive steps to warn pool owners about the cancer-causing byproducts of chlorine there is much more to be done. DrinkablePoolWater.com will proactively educate legislators, regulatory boards, health professionals, and swimming pool professionals about the highly unhealthy and old-fashioned practice of using chlorine to sanitize pool water.
LONGEVITY NOTE: When you remove salt and chlorine from your pool water every part of your pool lasts longer. This is why multi-million dollar swimming pools use our technology to sanitize the pool water without the use of chlorine and salt. CLICK HERE to check out a few of the thousands of high-end swimming pools currently using our cutting-edge patented technology.
NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS OF CHLORINE
As a disinfectant added to your drinking water, chlorine has a terrific health benefit of protecting you from various bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that can cause infectious diseases. In recent years, however, the practicality of adding a toxic chemical to drinking water in order to disinfect it has come into question.
The primary issue with chlorine is that it naturally reacts with organic compounds that are present in your drinking water. Thus, chlorine will create disinfection by-products, or DBPs. The most dangerous byproducts created are trihalomethanes (THMs). THMs have been linked to several serious health problems.
HYDROXYL RADICALS WORK BETTER THAN CHLORINE (PubMED.Gov)
A study published in 1999 found that the relative risk for stillbirths was greater for women who consumed drinking water with higher levels of THMs during their pregnancy than those who did not.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services reports that prolonged exposure to various THMs through drinking chlorinated water or inhaling these THMs will cause adverse effects on the central nervous system, heart, kidneys, and liver. THMs were observed to cause birth defects and to increase the likelihood of kidney and liver cancer development.
Another concern is that inhaling THMs and chlorine can be more harmful than consumption. Because chlorine and THMs turn into vapor at a lower temperature than water, this means that taking a shower in chlorinated water can increase your exposure to these harmful chemicals.
An academic article published in 2005 noted that dermal absorption and inhalation of THMs will result in a much higher blood concentration of THMs than drinking tap water will. Harmful by-products can not only affect your health if you drink your tap water; you may be at risk every time you shower or swim.
EFFECTS OF CHLORINE ON SKIN AND HAIR
In addition to these alarming potential health problems, long-term chlorine exposure can have unwanted consequences on the quality of your skin and hair. If you swim often or bathe in water that is treated with chlorine, your skin and hair can become flaky, dry, and irritated. Your skin may be more likely to turn red when it is touched. Hair can become frizzy and damaged. If you dye your hair the color can fade much more quickly.
If you have delicate skin or hair you are particularly vulnerable to the rough, damaging effects of chlorine exposure. Why does chlorine dry and irritate your skin and hair?
Your body naturally produces proteins and oils that coat your skin and hair in a thin protective layer. This layer ensures your epidermis remains healthy, soft, and protected. Chlorinated water washes away this layer and exposes your hair and skin to contaminants and the elements, drying and irritating both in the process.
BENEFITS OF OXYGEN
Oxygen is a general body detoxifier and is known to slow down the aging process as well as stimulate the immune system and promote cleaner, softer, rejuvenated skin.
Salt residue left on the skin after swimming in a saltwater swimming pool can dehydrate skin and aggravate people prone to eczema.
THE BENEFITS OF HYDROXYL SANITATION
Already a growing market in the pool and spa industry, the use of ozone, UV and AOP systems received a huge boost in August 2014 with the publication of the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code, a vast 600-plus page document that covers a wide range of technical and management issues for commercial facilities. Among the voluntary standards published in the MAHC, the CDC recommends the use of secondary sanitation and oxidation, or secondary “pillars” of chemical treatment, specifically ozone and/or UV systems with small chlorine residuals.
On the oxidation side of the recommendation, the CDC recognized problems associated with sanitization byproducts, such as respiratory ailments for people using indoor pools. By keeping the chlorine residual to a minimum and further oxidizing its byproducts, improving water quality.
Beyond that, however, concerns over recreational water illnesses — particularly Cryptosporidium, perhaps the most notorious and hearty pathogens found in pools and spas — further prompted the CDC to turn to ozone and UV tandems, largely because the two technologies generate AOP, which effectively kills crypto, which in effect protects bathers — particularly elderly, children and those with compromised immune systems — from severe intestinal problems.
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