Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

by , 04/30/14

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Located in Moncada, this natural swimming pool is 130 sq meters, including the swimming area and the regeneration zone. In order to ditch the chlorine, the regeneration zone is used to filter and clean the water. It takes up about half the pool area, and consists of gravel, a kaldness filter and the plants. The water filters down through the gravel and plants and is then pumped back into the pool by the deck. The pool’s surface is made from a material that repels algae growth and is easy to clean.

Related: How Natural Swimming Pools Ditch the Chemicals

Urbanarbolismo took into account the climate of the Valencia region and the necessary biological balance when selecting the plants. Many of them are actually edible, including Cress “Nasturtium officinale”, Celery “Apium nodiflorum”, Mint Pennyroyal “Mentha pulegium”, Aquatic Mint, Taro “Colocasia esculenta”, “Nuphar lutea”, and Eneas “Typha sp.” The plantings then look beautiful, work to clean the water and serve as a garden of sorts. A grass lawn adjacent to the pool soaks up water from the pool and does not need additional irrigation. Mowing the lawn also prevents the water from eutrophication, or over enrichment from the organic matter that could lead to algae blooms. Finally, to ensure that all solids are removed, the pool also features a species of native shrimp that eat mosquito larvae and keeps clean the gravel surface of the pool.

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  1. Loretta Bowen March 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Can the swimming ponds be heated? Do they work well in tropical climates like Hawaii? ~ Loretta

  2. evarr September 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    That pool looks awesome. I would love to have any good swimming pool builder in Oakville such as Solda Pools construct one like it in my backyard. I really think it will look even better nearby our backyard garden. My husband and I love nature and anything that is natural while swimming is something our kids loves a lot. A natural swimming pool will definitely be something my family could enjoy together.

  3. Belva Johnston August 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Can this type pool installed in MI What kind of cost are we talking about and could it be done by a with proper instructions

  4. zortacular July 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Very nice! I am a natural pool builder and would love to find out where they got their material for the pool liner that resists algae? Is that a coating over concrete? Is there someone I can contact to find out more? Many thanks!

    Trip in Snow Camp, Nc

  5. bioxide May 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    So its basically an aquaponics ecosystem, but with shrimp instead of fish.

  6. Mrjazzitup May 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    so it is basically some type of an artificial small pond or lake. Has an ecosystem of its own minus the fish; includes shrimp though!

    Because the plants are using the pool water, this means they have to add more water than a regular pool. That is the drawback.

  7. Tafline Laylin April 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thanks Jennifer! Can you say how our articles are not Pinterest friendly?

  8. Jennifer Caputo April 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I LOVE natural pools and hope to build one someday.

    I wish your images were Pinterest friendly. I find so many of your articles to be great inspirations and would love to share them on Pinterest.

  9. royalestel April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Interesting! These days every time I read about some novel way to do them I think about what the drawbacks to the approach might be, because everything has pluses and minuses. With this, I suppose the shrimp might bite you, and you’d have garden to keep the plants in check. The gardening is a plus in my mind, especially as many of the plants are edible. There are may be some diseases that would be spread in this water that wouldn’t in chlorinated water, and maybe some that would be inhibited. With careful consideration of that aspect, I suppose you could do this with a large public pool.

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