ELECTROLYTIC MINERAL ION SYSTEMS
Electrolytic mineral ion systems are a proven, effective non-chemical method to help control bacteria, algae and viruses. Advantages include improved water quality, effective algae and bacteria control, improved sanitation, reduced chemical usage, automated operation and an environmentally friendly method of water sanitation.
How it Works: This is a very basic explanation of how copper and silver works. Both have some algaecidal and bactericidal properties. Copper has the ability to pierce the protective outer membrane of a cell and disrupt enzyme balance, as well as allowing other bactericides and algaecides access to the susceptible part of the organism. Silver is effective because of its capabilities of interfering with DNA production and accelerating the death phase. Although lethal to bacteria and algae, this process is completely safe to humans. A multitude of scientific tests have been done showing the effectiveness of copper-silver ion systems in different areas including swimming pool and spa applications.
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