Chlorine is a chemical element that was first discovered by a chemist named Carl Scheele in 1774. It forms when salt water is put through the process of electrolysis, and is one of the most commonly used chemicals in the United States. When chlorine and water are combined, a mixture of hydrochloric acid and hypochlorous acid forms. Hypochlorous acid is chlorine in its active form, and it has a sanitizing effect on swimming pool water.
The standard level of chlorine in a swimming pool does not pose a danger to swimmers. However, the chemical’s handling and administration demand a high degree of care. One must always follow the instructions carefully. The typical chlorine level in a swimming pool is not thought to have a significant effect on the environment as it is similar to that in most tap water.
About the Author: Angelo Rodriguez, Jr., is the owner of Elite Swimming Pool & Spa Service. The company provides comprehensive pool care, including the routine maintenance of chlorinators, to its customers.