This is actually a good solution. I have heard you can't kill bacteria without chlorine, but that is because that pool builder has chlorine to sell. Just a fabrication of truths. If this were the issue, pour a glass of tap water into a glass, and tell me how much chlorine you measure there?
The point is that this solution allows you to swim in water very similar to what you bath in. My water sparkels like diamonds. Infact my pool builder was shocked at how crystal clear my water is, after 16 months of water and NO CHLORINE!! Yes again I will say NO CHLORINE. The granddaughter doesn't get stinging eyes after a few minutes in the pool. No one of the hundreds I have had in this pool have commented about anything. In fact they all talk how so different it feels. My son who just recently built a chlorine pool has commented how much more enjoyable this is over his. Doubt he is going to change due to just building the house with the pool right now. I think however that he will rethink this after a few years.
I had some start up issues, based on the fact that no one had used this system in my area. I went through all the tasks and experiments I could think of learning the right balance of the chemistry. Turned out most of my problems was due to the ignorance of the plaster company. However now that I have learned what I have, you couldn't take this product from me period. And did I say NO CHLORINE? I hope this doesn't sound like a commercial, because I did a bunch of looking around before I turned this up. Heard a few stories, however I don't know how seriously the end consumer took the installation instructions for pools already using chlorine.
I like this system, and the CLfree engineer has been such a straight shooter with me, that I have confidence I will have a greeat relationship with this system and all my swimmers.
My current activity with this pool:
1) Sweep it at least once a week.
2) Measure ph about once every 2-3 days (7.4 is ideal)
3) Usually add 24-32oz of Muratic Acid every 2 days(would recommend using the feeded they provide, only mistake I made)
4) Every 2 weeks capture all the chemistry of the water(ph, hardness/calcium, alklinity, TDS, monitor copper(.3-.5ppm), and monitor phospates.
5) possibly add 2-3lbs of baking soda monthly to maintain alklinity at 80-100.
6) Once a month I add a sequestering agent called IONizer Stuff from Jack's Magic. This helps to keep the copper suspended on bad weather/chemical days. Salt pools require Purple Stuff, and Chlorine pools require Blue Stuff. Point is most pool owners won't add this after the builder starts up the pool. It is however important in all pools to have a continuous sequestering agent.
The water just sparkles. Wish I could post a picture, but nothing is better then swimming in this. Fresher then a lake, and oh did I say I also have a hot tub/spa on this?
Oh and did I say NO CHLORINE.
I am certain I will feel this way in 2-3 years. Sorry if there are any mispelled words in this, or thoughts run on a bit, but I in no way receive anything financial from this product, only swimming enjoyment.
Hope this helps some on their decisions.