Gallery: Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Ch...


There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and summer temperatures soar, taking refuge in cool water is one way to beat the heat (and keep sanity intact). Unfortunately, most swimming pools are full of chemicals which are harmful to human skin/eyes and toxic to surrounding soil and plants. A natural swimming pool is one that is designed to harness the processes of nature to produce clean, clear water. These types of pools have been available in Europe for a while, but are only starting to catch on in North America. Fortunately, as more people become aware of the importance of environmental stewardship, these natural pools are starting to grow in popularity.

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  1. mikeoh November 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

    what would be a good practical alternative to chlorine to encourage my apartment building to use on our outdoor pool?

  2. Mariluz Aguilar September 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Love it!!!

  3. Brett May 22, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I agree about the existence of swimming ponds long before the fad. These guys seem to also agree. A group of Biologists in the US who have been building natural ponds for years with substance and without fanfare: Oh and their work actually look like ponds instead of funky pools.

  4. Anna April 19, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Peter, you beat me to providing the Mother Earth News links. I had read those stories back in 2002 or so. It is funny how old reported items become news again. It is kind of like the green movement. It is hip to be green now when the Mother Earth community was trying to get the message out years ago. Finally the message has gotten out!! Even though the pond issue is not new, it is worth reporting because a new generation gets to learn about it.

  5. Rashmita Bardalai April 16, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Such “ponds” (as was called before) are still there in certain countries…so I don’t think they are such an innovative idea!

  6. david April 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    would their be a negative impact if fish were added?

  7. Ron Bourdo April 13, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    While I agree with Tom that the item was eyely ecstatically pleasing, it was deeply surficial.
    Thanks to Peter for the two Mother links to articles one can become immersed in.

  8. Tom J. Schmitt April 13, 2007 at 10:05 am

    This is great, not only is it beneficial to the working surroundings, it is also astatically pleasing. Good use of lanscaping design.

  9. peter April 13, 2007 at 12:58 am

    I remember finding some information on these a few years ago and thought that these links might be of interest to those inhabitat readers with more of a hands-on attitude.

  10. Han Solo April 12, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    In the OLD days….we called them “ponds” or “swimmin holes” :)

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