Following information provided by CDC and EPA, Pool Essentials recommends pool and hot tub operators should diligently follow proper pool maintenance practices:

  • Ensure that your pool or hot tub continuously maintains a free available chlorine residual of 1-4 ppm or for bromine a 2-5 ppm residual, with an EPA registered sanitizer.

Critical Water Testing Parameters



Recommended Range

Free Chlorine

1 ppm

1-4 ppm

Total Bromine

2 ppm

2-5 ppm



7.2 - 7.6


Other Water Balance Parameters



Recommended Range

Total Alkalinity

80 ppm

125-150 ppm

Calcium Hardness

175 ppm


Cyanuric Acid

30 ppm

30-100 ppm

Follow all label directions for proper use. For commercial pools, review local and/or state health codes.

  • Operate your pump at least 8-12 hours per day to assure proper circulation and filtration.
  • Disinfect surfaces around the pool with an EPA registered disinfectant hard surface cleaner to prevent transmission of the virus through touching of contaminated surfaces.
  • Do not swim if you show symptoms of being sick. Follow guidance by CDC, Public Health Officials and/ or Medical Provider.


Information on COVID-19 is changing daily. The most reliable source of information is the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Additional information regarding proper swimming pool operation can be found at