Natural, chemical-free pools are making waves stateside.
Natural swimming pools
On a sweltering summer day, there are few things more refreshing than jumping into a swimming pool. What's not as pleasant is the pungent, eye-stinging chlorine that 95 percent of American pools use to stay clean. In Europe, so-called "natural pools"-ones completely free of chlorine and other chemicals-have become a popular alternative (around 20,000 have been constructed there). Now they're quickly catching on in the U.S. as "people realize there is a non-chemical alternative," says Alan Weene of BioNova Natural Swimming Pools, a company with branches in Europe and North America.
Not only do these pools liberate you from the time-consuming, costly maintenance associated with the chlorine versions, but they also enable you to jettison the noisy filtration equipment and make your backyard into a truly peaceful oasis. Natural pools rely on a zone of aquatic and plant life to maintain a cannonball-worthy environment. The colorRead More »from A Swimming Hole Right in Your Backyard?!