Wouldn´t it be nice to have a swimming pool while helping the environment? You can do both by having a natural swimming pool.
A cool refreshing swim is wonderful on a warm sunny day but conventional swimming pools can damage the skin and the body. But, how bad are conventional swimming pools to human health? Documented long term health effects of chlorine and other conventional pool cleaners include eczema, rashes, cancer as well as itchy and prematurely ageing skin. It is also believed to cause asthma, an increased risk of allergy and breathing problems.
However, have you ever experienced or heard from others the wonderful feeling of swimming out in wild pools, beneath waterfalls or in springs? Far from the drying effects of chlorine, these alternatives actually lubricate the skin, making you feel clean and soft. Many sufferers of drying skin conditions actively seek out regular wild swimming sessions to alleviate unpleasant symptoms.
Natural swimming pools harness nature’s own processes.
It does it with powerful built-in biological filters, to produce clean, clear water. If you have ever had the opportunity to swim in a crystal clear lake or stream, then you know the sense of bliss that only nature can supply. Swimming is much more enjoyable without burning eyes and chemical odor. Plus, natural swimming pools are pet, fish & kid friendly!
Imagine you are lazily floating, toes up, in a pond of sparkling clear running water, surrounded by wild grasses. Hummingbirds land on nearby trumpet flowers and the scent of jasmine and mint is in the air. Is this a dream or some mid-day fantasy? Neither! You may just be part of a new trend in swimming the natural way.
In recent years, a few builders and a growing number of homeowners have learned how to build pools without relying on a mass of manufactured materials and chemical additives. They’ve found it’s possible to construct pools that are more about building with nature and blending into the natural landscape.
How does it works?
Natural swimming pools use gravel stone and clay in place of concrete or fiberglass, and aquatic plants instead of harmful chemicals and complicated mechanical filtering systems. The plants enrich the pool with oxygen, support beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms, and give habitat to frogs, dragonflies and other water life.
The result is a beautiful, ecologically diverse system that is relatively inexpensive to construct. Natural swimming pools require no harmful chemicals, are fairly low-tech, and once established call for only a modicum of management. You won’t have to drain the pool each autumn. Except for topping it off now and then, you’ll fill the pool only once.