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How Orenda enzymes actually work


How Orenda enzymes actually work

Orenda enzymes CV-600 and CV-700 are beautifully simple products to use. Just pour them in the pool as directed, and they will do the rest. This article will explain how enzymes work, but more importantly, the differences between enzyme digestion and traditional oxidation.

Oxidation vs. Digestion


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Hazard labels like this are found on chlorine products. See the flames? Contaminants are burned until gone, or until the oxidizer is all used up.

Chlorine, Bromine, Ozone and Oxy-radical systems are oxidizers for swimming pools. Oxidation is a chemical process, and in swimming pools, oxidation is basically burning contamination out of the water. Before enzymes, oxidation was the primary way to handle non-living organics and oils.

There are a couple downsides to oxidation

We know oxidation is not an ideal way of removing non-living organic waste because of all the symptoms it leaves behind. Scum lines, for example, might not exist if oxidation were really effective; Filters would not get nearly as clumped up because the organic ‘glue’ would’ve been oxidized out of the water before it got to the filter; chlorine and secondary oxidizers would rarely fall short, and therefore, chloramines would not be the universal problem they are.

Does anyone really think shocking the pool (breakpoint chlorination) is the best way to handle heavy bather loads anymore? We don’t. Shock the pool for disinfection purposes only, in our opinion. Like a disease outbreak or fecal incident. Chlorine is a great disinfectant, but not a great oxidizer.

Enzyme Digestion

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Toothpicks and berries represent a molecule of organic waste. Enzymes break down the bonds and digest the elements (berries).

Enter Orenda enzymes, CV-600, CV-700, and now CE-Clarifier.

Orenda Enzymes are formulated to break down and digest carbon-based (organic) waste. Rather than oxidizing (burning) an entire molecule of bather waste, our enzyme formula breaks the molecule apart, and digests the components.

Image: a model of a molecule using toothpicks and blueberries. The toothpicks are the bonds, and the berries are the elements in the molecule. Orenda enzymes break apart the carbon bonds (toothpicks) and digest the berries. Carbon dioxide is the byproduct of this digestion.

WATCH: Enzymes break down oil and it bubbles off as CO2


Many pool chemical products out there address symptoms that stem from poor management of bather waste. If the bather waste were handled properly (instead of relying on oxidation to burn through it all), many problems would go away. Think about it:

The list goes on and on. But why address these problems when you could address the root cause?

Enzymes help chlorine

Let’s not forget that chlorine has a critical role in pool management: sanitation. Killing germs and keeping the pool safe to swim in is the primary purpose of having a residual sanitizer in the first place. Oxidation, however, is its secondary function. As we know now, oxidation is not an ideal method of handling bather waste.

Orenda enzymes can handle the majority of bather waste so chlorine doesn’t have to.

With less bather waste to oxidize, chlorine has more freedom to disinfect the pool and rid it of germs and other nasties like algae. Chlorine being freed of its oxidation burden is a great thing for water quality (and water clarity). So consider using enzymes to be a powerful way to rid the pool of bather waste, and allow your chlorine to do what it does best.

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