Looking for a chemical-free swimming area?
The backyard landscaping concept of Natural Swimming Pools was first introduced in Austria and Germany. They are 100 percent chemical free pools that are filtered with the help of aquatic plants and bacteria (aerobic and anaerobic bacteria).
A Natural Swimming Pool is divided into two sections – a swimming area and a regeneration zone. The regeneration zone is like a pond where one can find aquatic plants. These plants absorb the nutrients in the water. Since there is no addition of chemicals, one can find little algae growth and sediments in the pool. Water is passed through a filter before making its way into the pool, thus making it safe for swimming, and growth of flora and fauna.
Construction of a Natural Swimming Pool
There are two types of designs (one-pot and two-pot design) that can be incorporated for a Natural Swimming Pool. The regeneration zone and the swimming area in the same chamber is called a one-pot design. The water drops from a certain height in a shallow area. In two-pot designs, the swimming area and the regeneration zone are in two separate chambers. The regeneration zone can be built next to the pool or close by.
The PVC pool membrane/EPDM rubber line or concrete/ granite is used for pool construction purpose. It can be finished with pebbles and other materials.
If looking to renovate an existing pool, then one needs to have more space so as to include a regeneration zone. It is usually the same size as the swimming area. One will also have to install filtering equipment.
Benefits of a chemical-free swimming area
- It is eco-friendly because it is free of chemicals. It offers a low carbon footprint and is energy efficient.
- The regeneration zone is the home for aquatic plants and animals, thus helping in habitat restoration and encouraging biodiversity.
- It can be easily integrated with the landscape, making it look as part of the design. The plants such as water lilies, lotus, can be planted.
Even though there are no chemicals, one still needs to keep a check on debris, algae growth, etc. Use brush, vacuum, or pool cleaner to remove these extras. Plants have to be trimmed, pruned, replanted accordingly. In winters, the water pipes should not have any water, otherwise it will freeze and cause problems later.
Cost of a Natural Swimming Pool
The cost is based on per square foot and it will be expensive because it is twice the size of a traditional pool. In the long run, it is cost effective as one need not spend thousands of dollars on chemicals every season. It is energy efficient, so there is less money spent on electricity.
Hire a qualified pool contractor if you want a chemical-free swimming pool and a beautiful water garden. lagrass