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No chemicals, No Energy.
Just nature
Environmentally friendly and financially savvy are
two good reasons to opt for a natural swimming
pool. Healthy and good-looking are two more if
you want something to stand out from the crowd
here’s a wonderful century-old such as chlorine,” says Andrews.
T
tradition in London that when it gets Because the pools are biologically
hot everyone takes to the waters in balanced, you cannot use traditional heating
the ponds on Hampstead Heath. methods but need to rely on solar heating.
Anyone who has ever swum there knows However, because the water circulates freely
what a delight it is to swim while between the shallower planted area and the
surrounded by nature and the concept is deeper swimming area, the water heats up residual impurities, allowing the cycle to
now catching on amongst resort and spa quickly. A pump that encourages water flow begin again in the spring.
operators as well as private homes. between the two can be added but other
What’s so beautiful about eco-pools is than that, it is a case of lying back and
that they double as a natural water garden, thinking of the nature. Cost comparison
which means you don’t need to hide them The one thing that is not a good idea in It is difficult to compare the cost of an eco
away in the winter. these eco pools is fish. They tend to churn pool with a conventional one. The cost of
They simply continue to grow and mud up from the bottom and pollute the building a conventional pool is significantly
evolve as the years go by. water so are best avoided. lower as it more straightforward and easy
The concept of the green pool is to have The area that contains the plants is the to build. A natural swimming pool, on the
two distinct areas that are kept separate by powerhouse of the pool, as the micro- other hand, provides not just a pool, but a
an underwater barrier that allows the water organisms break down organic waste into year-round water feature that is cheaper to
to circulate while keeping the foliage and substance the plants can use as nutrients. maintain because there are no chemical or
associated pondlife clear of the swimming The plants then can absorb these energy needs and doesn’t need to be
area. The two areas combine to create an decomposing materials and convert them emptied and re-filled every year.
ecologically balanced, self-cleaning into organic matter, which in turn provides People who suffer from eczema or
environment that doesn’t need chemicals. clean water. asthma often have problems swimming in
“More and more people are seeking the “Eco pools change with the seasons, conventional pools, whereas a natural pool
benefit of having an eco pool,” says Brian adding to their beauty,” says Andrews. “In would be a natural choice. In addition,
Andrews, Managing Director of Heritage spring, algae may form in the pool but this national pools can be educational for
Pools, who design and build commercial is natural and will disappear as the water children and of course they are
and private pools throughout the UK and warms up and the flora gets to work aesthetically pleasing.
Europe. “Construction is similar to breaking it down.” Maintenance of the But possibly, the biggest advantage is
conventional pools, but they have specific regeneration zone is simple – in the the sense of profound joy that is felt by
requirements in order to allow them to autumn when the plants die down, the people who swim in an eco pool. No
self-maintain without the use of chemicals vegetation can be cut away, along with any chemicals, no energy, just nature. spn
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