Thursday, April 5, 2007

Chlorine-Free Swimming Pools

Natural pools are increasing in popularity in Europe and have even found a few fans in the US, according to a New York Times article. They control bacteria and algae through the use of "organic cleanser" vegetation, skimmers and pumps. The pools look like ponds except they are invitingly clear.
The pools, which cost about the same as or slightly more than conventional ones, depending on landscaping, appeal to gardeners because of the great variety of plant life that can be grown in them, as well as to green advocates and others who don’t want to swim in chlorinated water.
“Many, many people don’t like chlorine,” said Bryan Morse, who runs a landscaping company in Vista, Calif., called Expanding Horizons that builds water features and branched into natural pools five years ago. Taking advantage of the Southern California climate, Mr. Morse created a sort of jungle lagoon in his own backyard, building a natural swimming pool with a thatch-roof palapa and a regeneration zone filled with tropical foliage like Madagascar palm and varieties of canna lilies.
Total Habitat Natural Pools

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