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Recommended Chemical Levels in Swimming Pools and Spas

  Minimum Ideal Maximum
Free chlorine residual Pools 2.0 2.0 - 3.0 Per Label to 10.0
Free chlorine residual, Spas Wading pools and Spray Grounds 3.0 3.0 - 4.0 Per Label to 10.0
Combined chlorine 0 0 0.4
Bromine, Pools 2 4.5 - 6.5 Per Label to 22.0
Bromine, Spas Wading pools and Spray Grounds 4 6.5 - 7.5 Per Label to 22.0
Oxidation-reduction Potential (ORP) 650 mV - 900 mV
pH 7.2 7.4 - 7.6 7.8
Cyanuric acid 0 30 - 50 100
Total alkalinity 80 100 - 150 180
Calcium Hardness 150 200 - 300 500
Copper 0 0 0.3
Iron 0 0 0.2
Total dissolved solids:
Swimming pools
Spa pools



2,000 over start
1,500 over start

All readings are in parts per million unless otherwise indicated.

Note: Currently, the legal minimum free chlorine residual in public pools in California is 1.0 ppm for pools not using stabilizer (cyanuric acid) and 2.0 ppm for pools using stabilizer.

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