Anyone who owns their own pool knows itâ€™s not as simple as filling it up with water and jumping in whenever you want. Thereâ€™s pool covers to deal with, regular cleaning with the pool vacuum and skimmers, and of course, all of the chemicals that have to be added to keep the water safe. While there are automatic vacuums, there arenâ€™t a whole lot of options for automating the pool chemicals. [ClÃ©ment] decided to tackle this problem, eliminating one more task from the maintenance of his home. (Google Translate from French.)
The problem isnâ€™t as simple as adding a set amount of chemicals at a predetermined time. The amount of chemicals that a pool owner has to add are dependent on the properties of the water, and the amount of time thatâ€™s elapsed since the previous chemical treatment, and the number of people who have been using the water,Â and whether or not the pool cover is in use. To manage all of this, [ClÃ©ment] used an ORP/Redox probe and a pH probe, and installed both in the filtration system. The two probes are wired to an Arduino with an ethernet shield. The Arduino controls electrically actuated chemical delivery systems that apply the required amount of chemicals to the pool, keeping it at a nice, healthy balance.
[ClÃ©ment] has all of the Arduino code available on his project page, as well as information about all of the various sensors he used. This should make this project re-createable for anyone who is tired of dealing with their own pool or paying a pool maintenance company to do it for them. [ClÃ©ment] is no stranger to home automation projects, either, and we look forward to his next (often unconventional) project to automate something we might not have thought of before.