<p>For all the pool owners, it is really important to test the pool water and that too at least once a week to make sure that pH and alkalinity are balanced. What most pool owners don&rsquo;t know, however, is there&rsquo;s a right and wrong way to test your water, no matter what type of testing you&rsquo;re doing. It all starts with the water sample. To take a proper water sample, use a clean cup or bottle (with cap if you&rsquo;re taking it to the pool store) and hold it upside down so that the opening is facing the floor. Insert into the water elbow-deep and turn it right side up to collect the sample. Do not take the sample near any return jets or skimmer opening. If possible, take the sample from the absolute middle of your pool. If you don&rsquo;t have powerful water testing equipment, make use of the following: For home testing, this is my personal favorite. It&rsquo;s easy to do and very accurate &ndash; much more accurate than using a liquid test kit because of human error when it comes to matching up the colors and using chemical droplets. Take your water sample and quickly drip one, dry strip into the water. Hold it still in the air for about 15 seconds (do not shake off the excess water). Then match up the colors of the strip to the back of the bottle to get your readings. There are all different kinds of test strips you can buy that check for all sorts of things, but you really only need to check for pH, alkalinity and free chlorine. For more information on water testing, waste water monitoring and control, visit www.xylemanalytics.co.uk!</p>

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