Sanitizing a pool in Cambodia

There are a couple of ways to sanitize a swimming pool. However this article will talk about the 2 most common ways in Cambodia to clean your pool, salt versus  traditional chlorine.

Chlorine System

Usually in traditional chlorine systems, the chlorinator is connected to the filtration system. At Bayon Pools, we use a special skimmer that has a basket that gets filled with chlorine tabs. Connected to this basket is a small tube that releases a small stream of water over the tabs to release a steady stream of chlorine into the pool. The small tube has a setting of 1 – 10 that can tailor how much chlorine is being introduced in the pool.

In Cambodia I set the dial at 5 in the hot season, and 3 in the rain season. Depending on bather load, and local weather conditions some fine tuning to the dial will be needed. Most customers find out they have to add the chlorine pucks about 2 or 3 times every year and is really easy.

Salt System

A salt system has the added advantage of what industry experts say are the 3 C’s, Comfort, convenience and cost.


  • The comfort advantage is that some say the water is more smooth or feels more silky
  • Also there is not the strong smell of chlorine a tradition cleaning system has.


  • The convenience factor of the salt system doesn’t require you to add liquid chlorine or handle the pucks.
  • However you will need to add a bag of salt approximately once or twice a year.
  • The computer will alert you when the salt gets too low (usually to splash out, or when you backwash a sand filter).


  • The manufacturers of salt cells estimate a cost savings of 50% versus chlorine costs,
  • However, remember that the initial cost will need a salt cell, and around 10-20 bags of 50lb of specialized salt bags added to the pool depending on how many gallons of water you have.

Also to note are two additional factors. The first is that the salt cell generator takes the salt water and converts it into chlorine. The smell of chlorine is gone, and supposedly the effects of the water are less harsh on your eyes, but still your salt system still releases chlorine into the pool.  Also salt water is extremely corrosive to metal parts. We add special sacrificial anode which is a fancy way of saying we add a weak piece of metal that the salt will attack before the other types of metal (it is easier to attack the weak piece), however on automatic pool covers with a lot of moving metal parts and motor, I prefer to stick the salt system and go with a tradition chlorinator.