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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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1:07AM PST on Nov 24, 2014

Ty

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. http://www.Intec-America.com has a lot of information on all the technologies available for pools.

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. http://www.Intec-America.com has a lot of information on all the technologies available for pools.

7:43AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Miami Pool Tech provides complete cleaning service for your pool. By testing, maintaining, checking the water chemistry and sanitizing pool water. The company is mainly focused in providing all solutions to your pooling problems. They are fast, reliable and have a great customer service. Visit them at www.miamipooltech.com for more information.

2:25AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

For the sake of the owner and the environment

1:59AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Love the expression -- the garden is willing but the budget is weak. So is our local zoning board, which is a pity.

6:28PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

thanks

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