Finished! Here’s our nice green pool. Wait, what? GREEN?!

The swimming pool turned green because of a chemical imbalance

Last night we put the chemicals into the pool and this morning discovered that it had turned green! We’ve very new to the world of maintaining the chemical levels of pools, but after doing a little bit of research we’ve deducted that it should go back to blue or clear after a couple of days of pumping the water around.

For those interested, apparently our well water was very high in mineral content, namely copper and iron, which gives the water its green tint (See: ‘Laura down the Well (poço)‘). As well as that, the pH levels are too low (7.2 when it should be around 7.6) and the chlorine levels are too high (3 when it should be around 1). The high chlorine levels add to the green colour, but apparently it functions better at this level when the pH is low so it is not the end of the world. It should resolve itself after a couple of days of pumping and hoovering the pool floor.



Dad and I went in for a dip and our skin didn’t burn off or turn green so we might just get away with it. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime lets do a little photo comparison!

This photo was taken a couple of evenings ago when the water level was nearly high enough for a dip. It was taken as the sun was setting but it is still pretty clear (pun intended!) that the pool has turned green since! We’re going to do another water test tomorrow and see if anything has changed. All in all, I think it was a success…



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    • Amy
    • June 3, 2013

    Just so you know someone is reading and enjoying – I am! :D

  1. Reply

    Thank you Amy! :D I can see the visitor numbers going up but it's great to know who's reading :)

    • Toby
    • June 3, 2013

    Me too! Me too! I'm reading too! *flails about*


  2. Reply

    Thank you Tobes! :D

    • Emma
    • June 3, 2013

    I'm reading too! Need to know when pool is ready so we can drive up for a visit. ;) Hope you are having a nice time.

  3. Reply

    Hi Emma! Thank you! Well, as you can see, the pool is green so we are having a few setbacks! :D Mum and dad are sailing back soon but they'll be back sometime in July. The pool might be blue then… We'll keep you posted, of course :D

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