Pool Chemistry

Although the filtration system keeps the water clean of solid waste, proper pool chemistry is required to make the water sanitary and suitable to swim in.

General Information

Proper pool chemistry consists of maintaining effective disinfecting, oxidizing, and stabilizing agents in pool water. This can be a “delicate” process, sometimes referred to as chemical balance.

Even when automated systems control pool chemistry, these systems must be double-checked and managed. This means understanding the particular equipment at your facility as well as the basic chemistry of swimming pools (as described in the links that follow).


A disinfectant is added to swimming pool water to kill algae and water-borne pathogens, including infectious bacteria, protozoa, and viruses.