How to remove copper sulfate from water

Written by damon koch | 13/05/2017
How to remove copper sulfate from water
Many algicides for use in swimming pools contain copper sulphate. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Copper sulphate is used in some products sold to eliminate algae from swimming pools. This chemical can stain the pool surface and cause cloudiness in the water. The best solution to avoid these side effects of copper sulphate in the future is to use an algicide that does not contain copper sulphate. If your pool currently contains copper sulphate, you can remove it using a straightforward procedure.

Test the water in your swimming pool using a pool chemistry test kit to determine how high the copper sulphate level is. Make sure that the kit you purchase includes a test for copper sulphate. Follow the instructions on the kit for testing the level of copper sulphate.

Add a chelating agent to the water in a quantity per the instructions on the label according to pool size and the level of copper sulphate that is present. The chelating agent will bind with the copper sulphate and allow it to be carried away in the pools filtration system. Chelating agent is sold in liquid form and can be purchased inexpensively from a pool supply store. Your local pool store will give you guidance for purchasing the right chemical for removing copper sulphate from your water. Handle it with the same care as you would any other pool chemical.

Allow the chelating agent to circulate in the pool for several hours. Test the water again and if the copper sulphate is still present at a high level, add more of the chelating agent and let it circulate.


Purchase a kit that includes copper sulphate testing from your local pool supply company.

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  • Purchase a kit that includes copper sulphate testing from your local pool supply company.

Things you need

  • Chelating agent for copper sulphate
  • Pool test kit

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