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Swimming Pool Sanitation: The Importance of ORP and Enzymes

Updated: May 14, 2023

When it comes to swimming pool sanitation, many people assume that chlorine is enough to keep the water clean and clear. However, the truth is that chlorine is not very effective at breaking down non-living organic matter such as sweat, body oils, mucus, and other bather waste, as well as products like lotions, cosmetics, sunscreen, and anti-perspirant.

The Role of ORP in Swimming Pool Sanitation

This is where ORP, or Oxidation Reduction Potential, comes into play. ORP is a measurement of the water's ability to oxidize and break down organic contaminants in the water. ORP works by adding an oxidizing agent to the water, such as chlorine, which reacts with the organic matter and breaks it down into harmless components. The ORP measurement is used to ensure that there is enough oxidizing power in the water to keep it clean and clear.

However, maintaining the proper ORP level can be challenging, especially when dealing with oils and other non-living organics.

The Role of Orenda Enzymes in Swimming Pool Sanitation

This is where Orenda enzymes come in. Orenda enzymes are specifically designed to break down oils and other non-living organics in the water. By adding Orenda enzymes to the water on a weekly basis, you can ensure that the water stays clean and clear, and that the ORP level remains stable.

Orenda enzymes are different from most enzymes on the market because they are specifically designed for swimming pool use. Unlike generic enzymes that target a broad range of materials, Orenda enzymes are formulated to target and break down specific non-living organic contaminants commonly found in swimming pools. This targeted approach makes them more effective and efficient at cleaning the pool water. Additionally, Orenda enzymes are made from a unique blend of enzymes that are both powerful and safe to use. They are biodegradable and do not contain harmful chemicals or preservatives that can harm the environment or swimmers.

Crystal Clear Water with Orenda Enzymes

One of the most impressive things about using Orenda enzymes in your swimming pool is the resulting water clarity. It's like looking into a crystal clear lake, except it's right in your own backyard! Unlike traditional pool treatments, which can leave behind cloudy or hazy water, enzymes break down the organic material that can lead to reduced water clarity, leaving your pool looking pristine and inviting. Think about it, you are removing the oils that have made the pool lose it's clarity. Plus, the added bonus of not having to use as much chlorine to keep the water clean means less irritation for your skin and eyes.

Crystal clear swimming pool water
Swimming pool treated with Orenda CV-600 Enzyme Water Cleaner


How Hammerhead Pools Uses Orenda Enzymes

At Hammerhead Pools, we are very proactive in our use of Orenda enzymes. In certain situations, some pools will need them every week to keep up with bather load. By using Orenda enzymes, we can ensure that our customers' pools are free from harmful bacteria and other contaminants. In addition, Orenda enzymes are environmentally friendly and safe to use, which means that you can enjoy your pool without worrying about the impact on the environment.


In conclusion, maintaining the appropriate ORP level is crucial for proper swimming pool sanitation, but achieving it can be challenging. Orenda enzymes act as a supporting partner to chlorine by removing oils, bodily fluids, and mucus, enabling chlorine to focus on sanitizing your pool. While enzymes cannot eliminate bacteria on their own, they are a vital component in keeping your pool clean, clear, and maintaining a stable ORP level. At Hammerhead Pools, we prioritize the health and safety of our customers by using the best available products, such as Orenda enzymes, to keep your pool looking and feeling great and to protect your investment.

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