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SALT WATER POOLS: The latest buzz in swimming pools

Probably the single most common thing folks are talking about now in swimming pools is Saltwater.  Saltwater pools have caught on like wildfire and continue to own the market when it comes to making swimming pool water care the simplest, most reliable, comfortable, and affordable.  With saltwater pool care, pool owners no longer have to purchase chlorine, shock, and many other pool care products as in the past.

From a cost standpoint, a saltwater pool is the most affordable pool to maintain.  After an initial, upfront investment and installation of some simple equipment, salt water pools are the most affordable pools to care for.  As long as the pool is managed to its full advantages, the upfront costs are usually recouped in no more than 3 years.  If proper use and care are exercised, the salt pool equipment can last up to 10 years or more and chemical costs are ridiculously low!  There is absolutely no other pool operating system that offers so many benefits to bathers and pool owners as a properly functioning and well maintained saltwater pool.

There’s not a more comfortable pool to swim in than a salt pool.  Many folks have the idea that the water will have the same taste and feel as ocean water, but that’s not the case at all.  Our experience is that there is NO burning of the eyes or skin irritation with a salt pool as compared to the ocean.

Salt pools are by far the most trouble free when managed properly and the water is usually the clearest water a pool owner will experience.

Probably because of the growing popularity of salt pools, there are many different manufacturers of salt pool equipment and it can be confusing to the consumer which to purchase.  The basic systems are very simple and straightforward to operate and require at least weekly testing as a normal pool does.  The more refined systems can actually monitor and maintain proper parameters in the pool water and make maintenance quite simple.  Its necessary to have the correct amount of salt in the pool and of course that is determined for the most part by pool volume.  However, some equipment operates at different salt parameters than others, and as with other pool systems, there are pitfalls to be aware of with salt pool systems.  Proper use and application of a salt pool and its equipment can lead to the most trouble free pool care possible and extended life to pool surfaces and equipment.  On the other hand, the unknowing pool operator can easily damage the salt pool equipment and everything the pool water contacts if he/she fails to follow certain guidelines.  Therefore it is strongly advised that before one invests in changing their pool over to a salt system that they get some professional advice.


Mineral Springs

Bioguard Mineral Springs Program

  • Mineral Springs Renewal
  • Mineral Springs Beginnings
  • Mineral Springs Control Unit
  • OR if you're already using Mineral Springs: 7 Bags of Renewal
  • 1 qt. Strip Kwik Filter Cleaner

Mineral Springs® Program

mineral_springs.gifYou’ll love everything about the Mineral Springs system. For starters, it’s almost "hands-off," and takes only a few minutes a week to maintain. In fact, once you’ve begun the system, you only have to add the Renewal® product once a week. That’s it!

The Mineral Springs system is perfect for frequent travelers or vacation-takers. Through proper use of the system, you can leave home and forget your pool while you enjoy your trip. Even better, with Renewal you can add advanced applications for weeks ahead. This system works for you!

The Mineral Springs system utilizes easy-to-apply minerals and an automatic device to produce a chlorine sanitizer:


A proprietary blend of minerals added to pool water at start-up

Helps to replenish mineral levels, keeping water soft and clear

The Mineral Springs Unit (Controller and Cell)
Utilizes Beginnings and Renewal products to produce a chlorine sanitizer.

The Process:
Essential elements pass through the Mineral Springs cell to produce sanitizer. The minerals are converted into free chlorine that kills bacteria and algae in the pool. The cell, along with the flow detector, are plumbed into the pool return line piping. The flow switch/detector informs the controller that water is flowing and that the generation process can start. The temperature and mineral level sensors keep the Mineral Springs controller calibrated regardless of pool temperature.




Adds BioGuard’s proprietary blend of elements and stable minerals to water, creating a total mineral bathing environment. You’ll notice the difference immediately.

Usage requires minerals to be present in pool water. Apply one bag per 1,000 gallons of pool water at start-up or as needed to obtain proper mineral levels.




Replenishes lost mineral levels and rejuvenates the Mineral Springs® system. Renewal® contains pH balancers and adjusters to offset pH drift including chelants and scale inhibitors. This helps prolong the life span of the Mineral Springs electrolytic cell. Renewal also contains a filter aid and helps in maintaining crystal clear water.

Apply one bag per 20,000 gallons weekly to replenish mineral levels.



MS-10 and MS-11
Both models treat in-ground residential pools (up to 40,000 gallons) or commercial pools (up to 25,000 gallons). The MS-10 model can be hardwired either 120 VAC or 240 VAC. The MS-11 model is a 120 VAC with a line cord to be plugged into a GFI outlet.

MS-20, MS-22 and MS-23
These smaller versions are designed to treat above-ground pools up to 18,000 gallons. The MS-20 and MS-22 models are 120 VAC with a line cord to be plugged into a GFI outlet. The MS-23 model is a 120 VAC with a line cord, but contains a twist lock plug. The electrical code in some areas of the U.S. requires this type of plug. The 22 and 23 are installed directly to the return jet.

While any of these models may be installed on any above ground pool, selection is made depending upon plumbing set-up of the pool.

  • mineral_springs5.jpgAdjustable dial to regulate electrolytic generation of sanitizer
  • Sanitizer boost button ensuring production of sanitizer for 24 hours while pump is operating or until power is turned off
  • Self-cleaning mechanism to avoid scale build-up
  • Low mineral shut-off to protect cell if mineral residual drops below recommended level
  • UL approved
  • In-ground models interface with Jandy Aqua Link System and are NSF-listed
  • Aboveground/small pool models contain a 24-hour time clock to control filter pump
  • 5-year limited warranty