The same water remains in your pool for long periods of time, therefore it must be treated to stay clean.  In healthy pool water there is a carefully monitored balance between Total Alkalinity (pH buffer), pH and Free Available Chlorine levels.  Achieving this balance is the first step in keeping your pool clean, because sanitisers (chlorine) will not work as effectively in an incorrectly balanced pool.

Use Poolpride Test Strips to easily and accurately test the Free Available Chlorine, pH and Total Alkalinity levels in your pool or spa water. To ensure your pool is at its best we recommend that you test each end of the pool a minimum of twice a week, and test your spa pool before each use.

Ideal Water Balance

Free Available Chlorine 1.0 - 1.5 ppm
pH 7.2 - 7.8 ppm
Total Alkalinity 120 - 150 ppm
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