Chlorine or salt water for your pools?

(WTVM) - Pool season is back, and while chlorine is often used in swimming pools to kill bacteria, a new study says it can create poisonous chemicals when urine and chlorine react.

This can be a big concern for parents when parents take their toddlers and young children to swimming pools.

Jason Stewart, a store manager from Leisure Lifestyle in Columbus said while chlorine can help keep pools clean, it can also cause health issues. People with sensitive skin may develop itchy rashes, and many often complain about dry eyes and hair as well.

However, salt water is much easier on skin and it does not produce a large quantity of chlorine. A new study shows one in five Americans have admitted to urinating in swimming pools, and this can produce poisonous chemicals.

"One reason why people are switching to salt system is because it's healthier and better for children," Stewart said. "I read a study that said about 90 percent of the pools are going on salt systems. Salt systems use a lot less chlorine, so it won't cause any fading of hair, feeling or burning of the eyes."

Stewart said salt water is better for people with skin irritations like Eczema. He said most of his customers started changing using salt system instead of chlorine starting this past January and February. Stewart also explained that switching to salt system is cheaper than using chlorine.

"When you first install salt system, the cost can be expensive," Stewart said. "When installing equipment for salt water, it can cost anywhere from $690 to $1,200 but that's because of the installation and the unit fee. Afterwards, people only have to pay about $30 a month. The average cost to maintain chlorine pool is about $100 to $120 a month."

Stewart said salt systems can keep pools just as clean as chlorine, if not more.

"You are using fewer chemicals and you are putting less into the pool," Stewart said. "it's less harsh on your skin."

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