To understand Advanced Water Chemistry, you need to compare it with what is done in conventional pools.
Conventional Pool Water Chemistry
Conventional pool chemistry, as widely used in the Pool Industry, is complicated and difficult to manage well. It has a narrow operating range with tight limits on pH, chlorine, buffer, calcium and stabilizer levels, and more. Simplistically, it has a small ‘sweet spot’ where the water chemistry is good.
Challenges with conventional pool chemistry are several. Chlorine, as used in 99+% of pools, is a poor disinfectant at pH greater than 7.8 and gets progressively worse at higher pHs. Most pools drift continuously to their natural pH of around 8.5. pH must therefore be controlled by the constant addition of acid and buffer to ‘re-activate’ the chlorine and keep the pool correctly sanitised. Chlorine also breaks down quickly under sunlight, so stabilizers against the effects of the sun are used to maintain disinfection through the day.
High levels of organic matter from swimmers and the surrounds, get into the pool and form noxious and irritating chloramines, which are responsible for sore eyes and strong chlorine smells. Pool chemistry is affected by temperature, the pool surface, the amount of sunlight and shade, and bather activity.
All this makes conventional pools difficult to manage well using manual methods, even when the owner is prepared to spend a great deal of time on the pool. Effective pool control with conventional chemistry really requires automation based on chemical sensors, chemical dosing pumps and manual chemical addition based on test kit readings. It requires handling and storage of large quantities of dangerous chemicals, such as pool acid.
While there are a few rules-of thumb that assist in manually managing pools, they are not universal or as effective as one might wish. Pool water is genuinely complicated and often presents a tedious maintenance task.
Advanced Water Chemistry Technology
Pooled Energy’s Advanced Water Chemistry Technology operates at the natural, equilibrium pH of the pool and in most cases requires little or no acid addition. It works well because it has a large operating 'sweet spot' where the sanitiser is effective and the water is comfortable to swim in.
This larger operating range increases the time between replenishment of chemicals reducing operating cost and pool workload.The AWC Technology works in conjunction with Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) system to provide a better swimming experience. Advanced Water Chemistry usually operates with salt-water chlorinated pools but operates equally well with liquid chlorinated pools.
Pooled Energy Control systems can also operate on conventional chemistry pools however these are typically more expensive to operate, requiring aspects such as active pH management via acid addition and do not match the water quality of the Advanced Water Chemistry approach.