I read this by JasonLion in the Borates sticky:
"Borates inhibit algae growth, improve the feel and appearance of the water, buffer PH, and reduce chlorine consumption. The reduction in chlorine demand varies from pool to pool. Borates prevent algae from getting started, so you don't use up chlorine killing off the algae. In some pools that is constantly happening and borates make a large difference, in other pools algae doesn't grow much for other reasons and borates make little difference."
I respect Jason's intelligence (as well as many others in the forums). But I see a lot of things on the internet these days that have no scientific backing so I'm wondering if this has any science behind it--a study to show how it does any of those things. Basically, is there anything other than anecdotal evidence, even if it's from a lot of people, that says this is true? Could be a lot of what one might call the placebo effect going on here.
Please, take no offense to my question here. I'm only wanting a little scientific evidence before I go to the trouble/expense.