I am having a brand new 16x26 AGP installed in a couple of weeks. I have a friend who is in the business of selling his company's waste water treatment services to cities. I had a verv brief discussion with him regarding pool chemicals. He also has a 21 or 24 ft. round AGP. He tells me that as long as you don't plan on "drinking" the water in any significant quantities that the ONLY thing you need to treat or add to pool water is chlorine as long as you circulate it and keep the pump clean. Everything else is a waste of time and money and doesn't matter. No algae growth to worry about or anything else. PH, alkalinty, water hardness doesn't matter. I'd love your opinions on this. The only thing he puts in his pool is the charcoal briquet style chlorine tabs, and I believe he said he maintains chlorine at 1ppm? And NO! I haven't been in his pool!
What are the effects/downsides of using ONLY chlorine? What else would happen if the PH, alkalinty, and other factors were all over the board using only chlorine? He swears his water stays crystal clear. Dying to hear your responses to this approach.
Thanks in advance,