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The Natural Swimming Pool

written by: Rose Kivi•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 5/24/2010

Imagine taking a dip in a swimming pool with sparkling clean water devoid of harmful chemicals. The natural swimming pool, also known as the natural swimming pond in Europe, is gaining in popularity and for good reason. It is beautiful and environmentally friendly.

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    How the Natural Swimming Pool Works

    The natural swimming pool does not use any chemicals. It utilizes aquatic plants and a filtration system to clean the water. The natural swimming pool is a mini ecosystem. The pool is composed of two separate but connecting areas; a swimming area and a regeneration area. The swimming area is used for swimming. The regeneration area is where the aquatic plants reside and clean the water. A filtration system is installed in the pool to capture large debris and circulate the water to and from the regeneration area. The filtration system can be run off of solar power to enhance the environmentally friendly appeal.

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    Benefits of the Natural Swimming Pool

    The mini ecosystem of the natural swimming pool eliminates the need to use chemicals. The use of chlorine and other harmful chemicals are eliminated without sacrificing water purity. The aquatic plants successfully filter germs and bacteria out of the water. Natural swimming pools have been used in Europe for over twenty years without any reports of health problems. In fact, public natural swimming pools in Europe that had large amounts of swimmers on a daily basis, passed strict water purity tests.

    Most natural swimming pools are constructed using environmentally friendly materials. Some companies focus on the use of recycled materials found locally to cut down on transportation pollution.

    The aquatic plants and design of the natural pool, enhances the beauty of any yard. While all natural swimming pools are aesthetically attractive, some are designed to have a more natural appearance than others. Some resemble a natural pond or a lagoon.

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    Cost of the Natural Swimming Pool

    The price to build a natural swimming pool depends largely on the builder. Some companies quote that a natural swimming pool is cheaper to build than a conventional swimming pool. Others quote that a natural swimming pool costs about ten percent more to build than a conventional swimming pool. Even if the natural swimming pool costs more to build, the maintenance costs of a natural swimming pool are much lower. So in the long term, a natural swimming pool is cheaper. Natural swimming pools require very little maintenance because the aquatic plants do most of the work. The only regular maintenance a natural swimming pool requires is the emptying of the filter which can fill with debris.

    Natural swimming pools require less heating than conventional pools. The reason is because the regeneration area of the natural swimming pool is shallow. The shallow area of water rapidly heats in the sun and is dispersed throughout the pool by the filtration system. If more heating is desired, a solar heating system utilizing solar panels can be installed to heat the pool.

    Conventional swimming pools can be converted into natural swimming pools. The costs associated with this can vary depending on the original pool and the desired outcome.