Gallery: Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals


This gorgeous swimming pool isn’t a typical chlorine-filled watering hole–it’s actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter the water. (Don’t worry, you’re not swimming among the plants and stepping in squishy mud; the plant regeneration area is kept separate from the swimming area.) Even if you already have a swimming pool, you can enjoy the benefits of a chemical-free pond and relaxing natural environment using the structure you already have with a few design changes.

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  1. mythawtz August 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Great idea, as long as you can keep them pesky mosquitoes from taking advantage of it. West Nile virus bad : ) People good.

  2. middleway July 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Interesting idea for wet climates, but more water surface means more evaporation in dry areas. Most people don’t know that pools evaporate 1/8 – 1/4 inch of water a day (30 plus gallons a day, depending on surface area). Also, more evaporation means more mineral buildup in the water over time… which would gradually kill plants. People should landscape using native plants and be water wise.

  3. mdlapointe May 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I would love to know if this approach works in warmer climates, i.e. – Arizona?

  4. 1904-b December 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    How warm can they be kept before the plants die off?

  5. jimkottar October 7, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Natural Swimming Pools

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to

    say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  6. louise hurford August 18, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Do you know of any natural swimming ponds or swimming pools in the London area that are available to the public?


  7. listedgreen August 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Sounds like this could help make a home \\\”greener\\\” if they wanted a pool. We would like to focus on this option at

  8. Dafeesh June 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I liked these, then I found some swim ponds that looked more natural from I think we are conditioned to the appearance of a pool. When I saw I could have a stream, beach and fish, I started to lean more towards the aquahabitat people. I suppose it is just personal taste, but the paradigm seems to be shifting.

  9. Brandon Buttars May 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I am officially in love with this site now. This is so cool. I want one.

  10. mikekeliher May 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Probably smells better than a chlorine-filled pool, too. What’s the maintenance like, though? I’ve heard taking care of a conventional chlorine pool can be quite a headache. It sounds like this isn’t exactly “set it and forget it,” but I wonder if it’s not as bad.

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