I got to go swimming the other day with my nephew and my sister in a saltwater pool up in San Francisco. What a delight! Not only do I miss my pool in Costa Rica, but I really enjoyed the non-chlorine-y smell and feel of the water. It got me to thinking about all the different ways one can enjoy a backyard swimming pool without the toxic chlorine (or at least as much of it):
1. Saltwater: Uses sodium chloride in a naturally occurring cycle to keep your pool clean. Chlorine is present, due to the off-gassing of the salt, but it’s far less than in a conventional chlorine pool.
2. Ionizer: I’ve swum in these pools and they are silky smooth. An ionizer uses copper and sometimes silver ions to keep your pool clean. No, or very little, chlorine is used and no salt is used either.
3. Oxidation: By using ultraviolet light or electricity an oxidation system (which requires a generator) keeps your pool disinfected.
4. Sonic cleaning: Using a machine that produces ultrasonic waves in the water, algae is destroyed at a cellular level.
5. Ecosystem: You can have a totally natural pool by using plants and a breathable bottom. This alternative is my favorite, and according to MotherEarthNews.com, “can he constructed for as little as $2,000 if you do it yourself, while conventional pools can cost tens of thousands of dollars.”
I look forward to swimming in an all-natural pool one day. That is, one that nature didn’t create herself.
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