Saltwater banned in swimming pools

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Swimming pools that utilize salt rather than chlorine were banned Wednesday in Santa Clarita, where concern is growing that salts are polluting freshwater supplies. The board of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District for Santa Clarita adopted the new ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, spokeswoman Abbi Hertz said. The move outlaws both new and existing saltwater pools that feed local sewers. Sanitizing pool water with salt is a fast-growing trend, especially in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, Hertz said. The salt isn’t noticeable in the water – unlike ocean water – but is gaining popularity because it removes the chlorine smell and is easier to use in treating pools, she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The concern is that chlorides – salts – are polluting water in the Santa Clara River. The two Santa Clarita Valley sewage treatment plants empty treated water into the river, which flows toward the Pacific and feeds wells for the agricultural area along the way. Water with high levels of chloride can damage crops. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more