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Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 27, 2013 @ 2:40 pm In carousel showcase,Design,Environment,Gallery,Landscape Architecture,Water Issues | 10 Comments

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This gorgeous swimming pool [2] isn’t a typical chlorine [3]-filled watering hole–it’s actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter [4] 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 [5] and relaxing natural environment using the structure you already have with a few design changes.

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Natural swimming ponds [6] are already quite popular in Europe and are gaining interest in the US. Companies like Clear Water Revival [7] (UK) and Total Habitat [8](US) can help you design your perfect dream pond [9], or revamp the pool you already have. The cost of new natural ponds versus conventional swimming pools is said to be comparable, but maintenance costs for a chemical-free pool will be much lower. (Just think of the increased health benefits as an added bonus.)

A natural pond is usually larger than a normal pool to accommodate the plants, rocks, and natural vegetation [10] that comprise the filter [11] zone (separate from the designated swimming area). Once water filters through the plant zone, it is then pumped through a UV filter [12] to ensure maximum cleanliness and aeration. Typically, natural ponds have a waterfall [13] to pump water back into the swimming area. Design and shape options are endless.

Whereas a conventional pool is little more than a concrete tub, a natural pond is a landscape centerpiece that will enhance the value of your home and quality of your life. What could be more beautiful than that?

+ Clear Water Revival [7]

+ Total Habitat [8]

Via MoCo Loco [14] and H2OVisions [15]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=24114

[2] swimming pool: http://inhabitat.com//www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/06/the-watercube-wins-australias-highest-architecture-award/

[3] chlorine: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/19/is-it-green-the-new-macbooks/

[4] filter: http://inhabitat.com//www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/30/ovopur-eco-friendly-water-filter/

[5] chemical-free pond: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/26/dt-house-by-jorge-graca-costa/

[6] Natural swimming ponds: http://inhabitat.com//www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/12/natural-swimming-pools-catch-on/

[7] Clear Water Revival: http://inhabitat.com//clear-water-revival.com/#/home

[8] Total Habitat : http://inhabitat.com//totalhabitat.com/P&P.html

[9] pond: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/31/pond-scum-biofuel-to-power-airplanes/

[10] vegetation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/08/graft-architects-ao-project/

[11] filter: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/30/ovopur-eco-friendly-water-filter/

[12] UV filter: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/30/index-awards-solar-bottle/

[13] waterfall: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/25/nyc-gets-a-waterfall-thanks-to-olaffur-eliason/

[14] MoCo Loco: http://inhabitat.com//mocoloco.com/archives/010872.php

[15] H2OVisions: http://inhabitat.com//www.h2ovisions.com/smart-design/convert-your-pool-to-a-natural-swimming-pond/

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