Pool Water?

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A friend of mine told me that if I let the chemicals go (meaning don't add chlorine and acid) during the winter, the pool (i live in a temperate winter clime) will naturally return to a drinkable state.

Is this true? Can pool water be used? Help.

-- S Waters (cool@water.com), August 13, 1999


We let our pool go every winter and it would take a mighty good filter to make that green pond scum drinkable...guess you could not chlorinate it as heavily as your do for swimmers and it would probably keep it from hatching frogs...maybe we'll try that this year. We are fortunate to have a spring in our pond so have good water even without the generator and deep well.

-- MUTTI (windance @train.missouri.org), August 13, 1999.

Well, I think if pool water was very bad for you, then my kids would have suffered something by now because they have ingested a lot of it while growing up. Sunlight will leach out the chlorine in the pool, very fast. I will use a Pur filter and/or boil the water if I have to drink my pool water, which is less chemicaled than my city water is anyway.

-- Carol (glear@usa.net), August 13, 1999.

I read that the paint is toxic and not good for the kidneys. Pool water can't be drunk long term. Of course swallowing some every now and then can't kill you. I would go very cautiously on this.

-- Mara Wayne (MaraWAyne@aol.com), August 13, 1999.

Pool water is one of the items in my "loose ends" file. So I second the call for posting info on this.

-- robert waldrop (rmwj@soonernet.com), August 14, 1999.

I don't have a pool, but I am concerned about filtering water. I asked the sales rep at Home Depot yesterday, if they carried diatomaceous earth. He pointed me to the pool filter area. I found a 20 lb box of pure D.E. for under $9.00. Surprise!!

I am now reading from the box. "Square feet of filter area 5 - pounds of D.E. powder 3/4.....SQft 80 - lbs powder 12

To get appproximate measurement of 1 lb. of filter powder, fillup twice an empty 1 lb. coffee can with filter powder, or use 6 cups of filter powder'...

Like I said I don't have a pool, so I am not sure what the values mean to me, yet.

I do know something of the history of diatomaceous earth, quite facinating. They have even discovered seeds from thousands of years ago that have sprouted and grown. I believe I was told the Ginko has this rebirth origin. Great stuff for filtering drinking water anyway.

-- Michael (mikeymac@uswest.net), August 15, 1999.

Diotomaceous Earth (swimming pool filter variety) is used in conjuction with a "mat" filter, or a sand filter. The area the directions referred to are the square feet of mat material or the area of the top of the sand filter area. When D.E. isused with a sand filter, when the filter is backflushed, all (or nearly so) of the D.E. is lost in the backflushing process. I'm not very familiar with the mat filters used with swimming pools, but had one once that we filtered deep-fry grease with in a restaurant. The use of D.E. in conjunction with a sand filter is sometimes done to super-filter the water, but is not often used with the sand filters. NOTE: Pool D.E. is NOT the same as the D.E. used to protect grains from weavel infestation.

Hope that clears up your question.


-- Gerald R. Cox (grcox@internetwork.net), August 15, 1999.

Thanks Gerald,

I had planned to use flower pots, and a layered approach.

The pots already have the holes in the bottom, and with some pea gravel, some sterile sand, and the diatomaceous earth, I will have a potable water, and may use a second system to filter soapy water for reuse in the garden.

The box says PURE diatomaceous earth, so I am wondering what kind is used for the weavel? Got any idea what may be added?

PS. I got a better deal than first thought. It is actually a 25 lb box. The clerk said it was much cheaper than purchased under other circumstances.

-- Michael (mikeymac@uswest.net), August 15, 1999.

My Friend produces and sells a water filter system...... he is the DELL computer of water systems.

He finds the best tested and certified components.... and then buys them in bulk..... and assembles these sytems. ( for a lot less money )

It comes with an extra carbon/Charcoal filter....... one filter treats up to 20,000 gallons of water.

I would think that you would want to keep treating your pool..... then filter out with the use of the pump that comes with it. You will have absolutely clean water!

the 2 stage is a great system-- the 3 stage system he builds.... well you could filter clean water from a Mud Puddle.( there is a picture of it in action)

http://www.coolandunusual.com/y2k/cgi-bin/deliver.cgi?pureflow- y139twok-1

here you can read more info -

-- Wapiti (wapiti@yahoo.com), August 15, 1999.

S Waters,

Pool D.E. is treated (with high heat, if I remember correctly), making it more suitable as a filtering agent, but non-edible. Untreated D.E. is available from farm and ranch supply stores; it is used both to protect grains that animals eat from bugs (weavels) and has the good side effect of doing away with worms in the digestive system. Just ask for the kind used in animal feed. Farm/ranch stores do not usually even carry the pool filter variety of D.E. The pool stuff is pure white; the food additive is a rather brownish-gray in color.


-- Gerald R. Cox (grcox@internetwork.net), August 21, 1999.

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