Why Salt?

If you’ve swam in a salt water pool you know salt does not have the harsh effects of chlorine, so pool water feels better to your eyes, skin and hair. Plus, salt water pools are easier to maintain. And we know that a cleaner pool means a happier you.

Salt Water Pools on the Rise

Before pool chlorinators, it was necessary to keep swimming pools safe and functional by adding, handling and storing harsh chlorination chemicals. Today, salt water pool systems offer a simpler and safer alternative for pool maintenance without the negative effects of traditional chlorine chemicals.

The market for “salt water pools,” or pools equipped with a salt chlorine generator system or automatic sanitizer system, is growing exponentially. It is estimated that over 50% of all new in-ground pool installations are now equipped with this technology. In addition, a significant number of existing pools are being converted to salt-water-systems each year. And there are clear reasons why: salt water pools have better feeling, less irritating pool water, and are combined with simpler and safer maintenance.


Chlorine Pools vs. Salt Water Pools

Benefits of Morton Pool Salt

  • Delivers a high-purity pool salt from the brand you can trust
  • Eliminates the need to handle and store hazardous chlorine containing chemicals
  • Produces chlorine at a lower cost than liquid chlorine
  • Removes chlorine smell, dry/itchy skin, red eyes, green hair and bleached bathing suits
  • Provides a convenient, simple and safe way to disinfect water while delivering a high-quality pool experience

The Chlorination Process At Work

Chlorine is a necessary agent to maintain a safe swimming pool environment. Chlorine not only disinfects water, it reacts to kill disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, algae, ammonia and other organic matter that can be introduced into a pool system over time. Traditionally, liquid chlorine has been used to introduce necessary chlorine agent into a pool’s system. While liquid chlorine gets the job done, it can lead to many negative side effects on hair, skin, eyes and clothing. Today, pools equipped with a salt chlorine generator system or automatic sanitizer system (a.k.a. salt water pools), can perform the same function but without the negative effects.

How does a salt water pool get chlorine then?

When pool salt (NaCl) is dissolved in a salt water pool, the salt chlorine generator system or automatic sanitizer system electrolyzes the salt and turns the chloride (Cl) part of the salt into chlorine. This chlorine dissolves in the water to perform the same pool maintenance functions as conventional liquid chlorine. However, unlike traditional liquid chlorine, salt chlorinator systems generate “free” chlorine as water passes through the electrolytic cell and that destroys chloramines responsible for the odor, red/irritated eyes, bleached/green hair and damaged bathing suits caused by chlorine.


How Does A Salt Water Pool Work?

Once you have purchased and installed a salt chlorine generator in your pool, you just need to add pool salt to start up and maintain your pool.

Morton® Pool Salt is the brand of pool salt you can trust to keep your pool system and your family safe and swimming.

Salt Water Pool vs. Chlorine Pool? No brainer.