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4 Eco-Friendly Pools Worthy Of Your Backyard

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natural swimming pool

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.

Sphagnum moss pools

Moss-Filtered Pools

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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3:43AM PDT on Jun 23, 2015

I truly get pleasure from while I read your blogs and its content.Mark

6:14AM PDT on May 8, 2015

For the sake of our lives and environment

5:47AM PDT on Mar 11, 2015

I still can't help thinking that if you live anywhere there's a shortage of water (like California) then having a swimming pool is the height of selfishness.

7:36AM PST on Feb 8, 2015

seriously cool

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11:01AM PST on Nov 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing

7:45AM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Thanks for the article.

6:10AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Still a horrible waste of water in a drought hit area...

11:10PM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

I am surprised that ionization was not mentioned. Salt water generators are definitely not ecofriendly and are getting a bad reputation for corrosion issues. High TDS water are being flushed to waste stressing municipal waste water systems. Ozone systems can reduce the need to shock the pool and reduce needed chlorine. Ionization can be reduced chlorine or eliminated altogether. has a lot of information on all the technologies available for pools.

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