Are HTH salt test strips reasonably reliable?

Grape Ape

LifeTime Supporter
Jul 12, 2009
Seattle, WA
I bought a pack and measured my water at 500ppm, consulted the pool calc and added 6 bags (240lbs) of Morton’s pool salt. I tested it again and the strips read 2000ppm, and the water feels even better than I had hoped.

So here is the problem, my wife and I can both taste the salt. I have never added salt before, and we get 2-2.5 feet of rain per year which I would expect to dilute the salt added by chlorine breakdown and sweat (it sure did a number on CH and CYA last winter) so I don't imagine it started very high.

I’d like to get a SWCG but my wife says no more salt.

Bama Rambler

Mod Squad
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Jun 22, 2009
SouthWest Alabama
Take a sample to your local pool store and see what they say it is.

Either you both have a sensitivity to saltiness or it's a lot higher than you think.


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May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
The level at which people can taste salt varies quite a bit. Most people can't test salt at 2,000 ppm, but there are a fair number who can.