Many Canadians are concerned about becoming more environmentally friendly these days and that includes thousands of hot tub owners. Even though chemicals are needed to keep bacteria out of the water, there are several ways you can help make your hot tub more eco-friendly.
Most hot tub owners across the nation use either bromine or chlorine to disinfect their water and some may be worried that these chemicals are harmful to the environment. That isn’t the case though. Bromine and chlorine is quite innocuous and safe when it comes to treating the water in your hot tub. Both of these products are known as halogens, which means they’re formed out of salt. Once bromine and chlorine goes through the cycling process of a hot tub by disinfecting or oxidizing in the water the products actually turn back into salt. Therefore, the chemicals basically start out as salt and revert to their natural form after doing their job. By using bromine and chlorine you’re doing your part for an eco-friendly environment since they’re both safe and effective types of water disinfectants.
There are also other ways to sanitize a hot tub such as metal/mineral ionizers. These disinfect the water by using silver and copper. Some hot tub owners prefer ionizers to bromine and chlorine. However, copper isn’t exactly the most eco-friendly substance. In fact, some areas of North America don’t allow copper-tinted water to be drained into estuaries and storm drains. Hot tub owners typically use just a small amount of copper, but those who are concerned about the environment usually stick to bromine and/or chlorine.
An alternative eco-friendly option to control bacteria in the water by using a type of moss which is called sphagnum moss. This substance works well and is known to keep lakes clear and clean in some areas of the planet. In addition, tub owners can use devices such as ultraviolet lamps and ozonators to help fight off bacteria and viruses in water. Whatever method you use to treat your hot tub water it’s always a good idea to use at least some chlorine to help keep it clean and safe.
Draining the Water
Hot tubs need to be drained approximately once every three months and you should try to make sure the water contains the least amount of chemicals as possible. It’s recommended that you get the bromine or chlorine levels as close to zero as you can and you don’t drain the water into streams or storm drains. If possible, drain the water into a sewer or a field if you have to. Hot tub water can also contain phosphates as they can build up in them. Phosphates are also a water pollutant and aren’t exactly environmentally friendly. Therefore, you should try to remove phosphates from the water before draining it. Most hot tub dealers sell products which are able to take the phosphates out of hot tub water.
Most hot tub dealers will also be able to help out if you’d like your tub to be more eco-friendly. There are numerous types of products that are made out natural chemicals and at Hot Tubs Ontario we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction and let you know what they are. Hot Tubs Ontario is also be pleased to answer any questions you may have concerning hot tubs and the environment, contact us today and speak to one of our hot tub professionals.