Orthophosphate (commonly referred to as Phosphate) is a degraded form of phosphorous; which is one of the most abundant minerals found in the earth's composition.
This means that it can be found in many natural resources (such as leaves, lawn clippings, pet dander, etc.) and also in products commonly used around your home (some detergents, fertilizers, etc.).
Although not directly problematic when maintaining proper water chemistry, excessive levels of Phosphates can potentially act as a nutrient for algae to thrive when routine removal or shock treatments are not employed.
Consult with your local and trusted pool professional for further information or to assist in determining your particular needs, if any, toward phosphate removal treatment and/or maintenance.
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