Frequently Asked Questions
Read our list of frequently asked questions – FAQs – that will answer everything from what is Enviroswim ES3 to why you should say no to chlorine and more.
The Enviroswim ES-3 is a revolutionary breakthrough in swimming pool technology that sanitises water without adding chemicals, except for pH balancing requirements. Using a powerful combination of silver and copper electrodes, ionization and ultrasonics, the system removes all the “nasties” from your pool and leaves you with pure, clean water.
Copper is an algaecide. Silver is an anti-bacterial agent. But they don’t have oxidizing properties. If you try to run a pool just on copper and silver, you don’t have anything to break down the organic compounds. So what we use for the oxidization part of the process is a combination of electronic oxidisation and ultrasonics.
The ES3 is less harmful, less expensive to maintain and more effective than conventional chlorine-based swimming pool systems.
- Kills bacteria in water that chlorine does not.
- Vastly reduces chemical usage.
- Eliminates chemical odors.
- Eliminates the need to add chlorine
- Increases pump life
- Uses less electricity in all facets of pool operation
- Eliminates almost all consumables.
Yes, the ES3 system is a world leader with patents granted or pending in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. In tests run in Australia and the USA, the ES3 has been proven to be far more effective in eliminating bacteria, parasites and algae from water than chlorine.
Perfectly safe. In May 2009 the ES3 system was granted NSF 50 certification in the USA. NSF certification is only granted to products that pass stringent tests, which include reliability, microbiological efficacy, safety and pool surface stain resistance. But if you want to know how safe it is, just take a look at what our customers have to say.
Yes. The ES3 has a 2 Year warranty.
The ES3′s only consumables are the metal electrodes, which need to be replaced on average once every eighteen to twentyfour months. You can order them directly from this web site.
Whenever the Copper-ion level is correct, the Silver-ion level will be in range also. The electrodes are an alloy mix of Copper and Silver, so the right proportions are always being released at the same time. The copper test kit that comes with the system is an easy way to check the levels.
The growing list of serious health issues associated with exposure to chlorinated water is now overwhelming. The danger comes from chemical by-products in chlorinated water known as trihalomethanes, or THMs. When swimming, your body absorbs the harmful THMs threefold, through the skin, inhaling and ingestion. The ES3 was developed to eliminate people’s exposure to the hazards of chlorine in pools, spas and water features. We encourage you to do your own research.
Fantastic Water to swim in!
Very easy to maintain
Reduces all associated costs including electricity, chemical and equipment replacement
Eliminates most of the regular consumables including salt, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide and stabiliser
Freshwater prolongs life of all equipment and reduces staining and corrosion on pool surface, fixtures, glass fencing, landscaping and outdoor stainless steel kitchens
Residual sanitiser and algaecide lasts for weeks, ensuring you will never come home to a green pool
Works with all types of pumps and filters
Ensures air quality for indoor pools.
Health & environmental benefits:
Eliminates most chemicals known to cause serious health issues
Non irritating to skin and eyes
Beneficial for asthmatics, psoriasis and eczema sufferers
Pool and backwash water can be recycled without diluting for use in gardens, holding tanks, and grey water systems.. subject to local council regulations
The ES3 system is the only Australian water purification system to have obtained world-renowned industry accreditation
Unique, patented technology, designed with government support here in Australia
Independently verified by NATA certified laboratories here and overseas
No, copper is an essential element, necessary in various proteins and enzymes. Balance studies on adults suggest an essential daily intake of 1-5 mg. The copper level at which the Enviroswim system operates is only 30% of the maximum recommended Queensland drinking water concentration. You would need to ingest between 3 – 15 litres of pool water to get the recommended daily intake of copper. The copper concentration in the Enviroswim backwash water contains less copper than the waste water from some household municipal water suppliers. The silver content is also well below drinking water guidelines.
Chlorides in pool water will produce some chlorine through the process of electrolysis while passing through the Enviroswim treatment cell. To minimise this reaction, Enviroswim uses freshwater that is very low in dissolved salts and solids. It also eliminates the requirement to add stabiliser (sunblock), another chemical of concern, designed to hold the chlorine in the water for longer. So the amounts of chlorine created by the system are minimal and quickly dissipated. The freshwater feel is immediately evident when entering Enviroswim water and is the number one feedback we get from new customers.
Yes, the EnviroSwim System is used in some of the world’s most innovative and eco-friendly spas and resorts in the world.
All the difference in the world. The salt chlorinator, while often marketed as a better alternative to chlorine, actually creates chlorine to sanitise the pool.
Only at levels in excess of 1ppm. The ES3 system operates at 0.25-0.4ppm. If the system is unattended for some time (more than a month) and not set appropriately you might have some staining. However, it can be easily removed with citric acid a commonly used pool stain remover and causes no permanent damage. With this as with any other concerns you may have, please get in touch with us and we can answer any questions in greater detail.
The swimming pool industry, like many industries, is resistant to change. Vested interests and a traditional mindset mean that outdated technologies and products dominate the market. Pool builders may have agreements and incentives in place with suppliers to promote a particular brand, in these circumstances what they are recommending to you is often more for their benefit than yours. Fortunately for pool owners, attitudes are beginning to change. Pool builders in Australia, New Zealand and the USA are embracing the Enviroswim system. These builders are learning that the ES3 easy to install, simple to commission and unlike salt and chlorine the EnviroSwim System does not damage pool surfaces or equipment. Get your pool builder to contact us directly and we will do our best to address their concerns.
Yes. Our system can be easily retrofitted to existing pools. We do not need to replace your pump/filter etc. A comprehensive installation guide is available which will enable you to do the installation yourself or we can fit it on your behalf. If you look at the how-to video, you can tell which way you want to go. Or get in touch. We are happy to advise.
While the initial outlay may be greater than older and less effective systems, Enviroswim starts to pay for itself from the moment you turn it on. You save money on chemicals, on electricity, on consumables. And because the system is so easy to run, you save a lot of time and hassle.
Then you have to consider the overall value of Enviroswim. You get three processes in one that allows you to achieve water that is so pure, you can use it to water your plants. It causes no damage to your surfaces, your equipment, your furniture and it does no harm to the environment. What price can you put on that?
It’s impossible to give you a precise answer as every pool is different. It depends on the size of the pool, the climate, the number of bathers etc. Feedback and research has shown that savings of around $950 a year can be expected.