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Billabong Natural Swimming Pools Employ Mother Nature to Keep Water Clean
Posted By Jenny Tranter On January 14, 2011 @ 3:30 pm In biomimicry,Botanical,Design,Environment,Water Issues | 2 Comments
Would you love an ever-so-stylish swimming pool in your backyard, but hesitate due to the water and energy requirements? Well you’re in luck! Award winning Australian landscape designer Phillip Johnson , of Phillip Johnson Sustainable Landscape Systems, makes it possible for you to take a refreshing dip, all whilst being at one with nature. Offering a non-chemical alternative to chlorine and saltwater pools, the billabong  is a swimmable rock pool filled with rainwater harvested from water  tanks, roof run offs, driveways and more!
Suited to any environment, indigenous aquatic plants act as a filter system, and locally sourced rocks and native plants create a natural habitat to support flora and fauna. More than just a beautiful addition to your outdoor space, pool conversions  are also an option with the billabong. Working with what is already in place, standard swimming pools can be re-created into natural wonderlands that support Mother Nature.
Moreover, even in times of drought, the billabong won’t suffer when things get a little drier than usual. As the water  level drops, the pool turns into an attractive waterhole or dry riverbed. But when the drought breaks – voilà! You’ll find yourself quickly back in the billabong having your toes tickled by tadpoles, with a background musical of trickling waterfalls, frogs croaking, cicadas chirping and birds tweeting filling your ears.
Sounds like heaven to us.
Photos: © Claire Takacs 
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 Phillip Johnson: http://inhabitat.com http://www.phillipjohnson.com.au/
 billabong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billabong
 water: http://www.inhabitat.com/water
 pool conversions: http://inhabitat.com/pure-turns-swimming-pools-into-seafood-growing-wastewater-filters/
 © Claire Takacs: http://inhabitat.com http://www.takacsphoto.com/published-gallery.html
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