Natural Swimming Pools
Instead of paddling around in a sterile bathtub, why not glide through your very own swimming hole? Long a favorite in Europe, and now slowly becoming more popular in the U.S., natural swimming pools have sloping sides and lots of plants, just like a pond or lake. Incorporating plants eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps, keeps the water clear and provides a soothing atmosphere. Yes, there may be mud between your toes. Yes, the occasional duck or frog might want to join you, but at the end of the day, you have a more affordable, maintenance-free pool that’s much closer to what nature intended.
Normally moss in a pool might seem like a nasty problem, but it can actually be a very beneficial thing. Creative Water Solutions is a Minnesota-based company that utilizes sphagnum moss to keep swimming pools clean while using fewer chemicals and reducing water consumption. You’ve probably seen sphagnum moss (pictured above) used as a decoration in floral arrangement. A natural product of New Zealand bogs, it’s capable of filtering bacteria from pool water and can be composted when it’s time to be replaced (about every 30 days). It’s such a successful system, the city of St. Paul uses it in public pools, and the University of Maryland uses it to filter two on-campus indoor pools.
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