Water looks brown as pool fills!

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Water looks brown as pool fills!

Postby peaches965 » Mon 04 Jul, 2011 06:56

I've read through the forums about water that has turned brown and green, but mine is filling up brown. It's so weird. I'm not on well water. The water looks clear when it's in a glass but as the pool is filling it looks like tea! We put it together yesterday (an Intex 15x48) and started filling last night. It's not quite full yet so we haven't ran the pump.My question is: When we shock it and run the filter will the water clear up? Or is there another chemical we will have to add? What's causing this, hard water or iron in the water?

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Water looks brown as pool fills!

Postby chem geek » Mon 04 Jul, 2011 15:39

It's probably iron in the water. You say you are not on well water, but do you have a water quality report from your water district? It should talk about turbidity and probably metal content (iron, copper) as well.

You can have your water tested for metals and then use a metal sequestrant to prevent staining before you add chlorine to the water.
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Water looks brown as pool fills!

Postby crystalclear » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 12:39

Probably is iron, just treat it with the proper chemicals and it should be fine

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