Being blond haired, swimming pools have always come with a huge negative side effect. The battle against green tinged hair is always a consideration for even one afternoon in a swimming pool. But green hair isn’t the only awful side effect of chlorinated swimming pools. Reliance on toxic chemicals to keep “pristine” swimming conditions has been cited as a cause for increased asthma and wheezing in children and when pee and sweat in water react with chlorine they form toxic breakdown products known as chloramines which are toxic to many animals (including humans) and are the true cause of eye irritation from pools.
Conventional swimming pools are dead (chmically), and are a product of an obsession with cleanliness and sterilization but natural swimming pools can be just as clear as a chlorinated pools with no chemicals and are better for the environment and a greener choice and natural pools tend to look more at ease with the land (because they are).
For health, environmental and aesthetic reasons natural pools are on the rise and checking out some of the companies that are creating them, I am amazed at the designs and clean modern looks that are being created without chemicals.
So I have been reading up these green pools….I have never been one for a pool in my own backyard, but I am actually starting to consider a natural swimming pond. The top selling points for me are:
1) It doesn’t have to look like a swimming pool (I think the pond look would be more appropriate for my location.)
2) I hate chlorine and all it’s side effects.
3) I love that a natural swimming pool can also be an ice rink in the winter
4) Maintenance is cheaper and installation is not much more that a normal pool
5) I would get to plant marginals and water plants (something that I don’t get to play with now)
So who are the players and the industry leaders? There are actually quite a few here in the US, even though the trend has fully caught on and is really more popular in Europe.
Whole Water Systems, LLC in Idaho
Expanding Horizons in California.
Total Habitat in Kansas.
Del Ozone in San Luis Obispo, California.
Techno Pure with offices in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and California.
Biotop Natural Pools with a network that covers Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, France, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Israel and New Zealand.
Clear Water Revival in the UK.
BioNova in Germany.
Garten Art in the UK.
(This one is my favorite)