Re: New Pool Water Has Funny Taste
Have your water tested for TDS, which is different from salinity. Usually high TDS is as a result of high calcium and magnesium salts, metals in the water, and other "Dissolved solids". Usually high TDS is indicated by needing a higher chlorine level to maintain the pool, a dull appearance to the water and the salty, metallic taste to the water. The only way to reduce high TDS is dilution.
How do you know if you have high TDS? Take a water sample of the pool water and the source water you use to add water to the pool and have them both tested.
First, you have to factor out the salinity. This is done by testing TDS and Salinity and subtracting the salinity out of the TDS (which should be higher).
Second, test your source water for TDS too. If this is well water, your TDS will probably be higher.
Third, the difference between the source water and the TDS test should not be more than 1000 ppm different. If so, you have high TDS.
Dilution is the solution.
It will also help if you can have them do a complet test and report the result here.
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