Natural Swimming Pools

Without the need for traditional sanitation methods, natural swimming pools are gaining a lot of popularity. They're filled with rock landscaping, plush decorative water, and friendly plant life. In fact, these elements are a necessity.

Natural swimming pools work differently than your normal, "everyday", swimming pool and, as such, have to be constructed differently.

A Natural Swimming Pool consists of two sections:
- The “swimming area” is intended for just that. Swimming!!
- The “regeneration” area or as I called it “where nature does it’s stuff” is a separate section surrounding or next to the swimming area. This is where the biological or natural processes of cleaning the water occur.

So how does it work you’re asking? As written above, there are two sections to a Natural Swimming Pool, the swimming and the regeneration areas. The swimming area can take on the look of a traditional pool or can be combined with the landscape to give it a more natural setting. A water pump is installed to circulate the water from the regeneration area to the swimming area. The regeneration area is a shallow area on either side of the pool that contains plant life. The shallow area is able to heat up faster than the rest of the pool to keep the plants healthy and thriving. In the regeneration area, plants aid filtration and keep the nutrient levels down, siphoning nutrients from algae. This water filters through the gravel, further filtering the water, and back into the swimming area for clean water.

There is some care and maintenance needed for a Natural Swimming Pool. Each pool will have it’s time period in which the pool finds it’s balance with nature. As time goes on, less care will be needed. You will still need to trim down plants, plus remove any dried or dead plants during the spring time. During summertime the water level might get reduced due to evaporation. You might have to add water in the regeneration area so plants can flourish. During the fall season, it is recommended to put a leaf net over the pool to prevent the leaves from falling in and thus a potential for algae growth.

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