Having an eco-friendly pool is not that hard at all.
Everybody loves a great pool. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the dangers lurking bellow the shiny water surface. Most of the current pools use chlorine to fight fungus and mold and ensure sanitary conditions for the swimmers.
That wouldn’t be too much of a problem if chlorine’s potential toxicity would be limited only to mold and fungus. Chlorine also causes allergic reactions, reddens eyes, and induces a DNA damage that can lead to cancer.
But, is it possible to have an eco-friendly pool without using this watered-down bleach? Yes. Let’s see how.
If you already own a pool, there’s no need to panic; there’s a perfectly smooth way to turn to more natural ways to keep it clean. You can just turn your pool into an ozone pool. You see, ozone is an inorganic gas that performs the same job as bromine, chlorine and other sanitizers, but without all the negative effects. In nature, the process of forming ozone out of oxygen occurs through UV radiation or a lighting strike. In pools, you don’t have to go that extreme. The process can be replicated through affordable ozone pool systems.
Sometimes, in order to find a solution to our problem, we only have to look at nature. And you haven’t seen any traces of chlorine or other cleaners the last time you visited the beach, have you? The oceans use their natural saline composition to keep everything in check, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider using this method too. Saline pools use only a few bags of table salt and chlorine generator to produce an algae-free paradise.
Moss Filtered Pools
When you imagine moss in a pool, you probably think of it as a problem. Surprisingly, that is not the case. Although it is usually used as a floral decoration, sphagnum moss is actually capable of filtering bacteria if placed in water. That means, that if you use this New Zealand’s product, you can effectively cut the water consumption and the need for dangerous cleaning chemicals. The very moss needs to be replaced only once a month.
Ultraviolet Pool Cleaners
Essentially, this system works much like an ozone cleaning system. This time, though, a sterilizer is installed between the water return line and the existing filter, and its purpose is not to produce ozone but to cut down the amount of chlorine or any other pool cleaner to the bare minimum. Ultraviolet light is especially efficient in removing chlorine byproducts.
Now here’s an interesting one. Why? Well, natural pools are doing everything they can to put everything we consider “pool-like” out of the equation. They represent manually dug holes with sloped sides (for every horizontal meter, a pool drops 30cm vertically), sealed with bentonite and planted with all sorts of water plants, which essentially makes them artificially reproduced lakes or ponds. The plants that are planted in the water enrich it with oxygen and produce beneficial bacteria that consume potentially harmful organisms. This solution is really interesting, and as environmentally friendly as it gets.
And on the completely opposite end of the technological spectrum, there are small robotic cleaners, which work surprisingly well with all types of in ground pools (sans natural pools of course). A perfect solution for people who don’t want to invest in a new type of pool system. Robotic cleaners substantially reduce the amount of chemicals you are going to use to clean the pool. The best thing about them, however, is their price. Some of the more affordable models can be bought for as much as 390 AUD.
As we can see, having an eco-friendly pool is not that hard at all. Sure, you need to install few upgrades and break some sweat, but nothing that can’t be accomplished on an average budget. So, get to work and enjoy your new green pool.
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Diana Smith, the author of this article, is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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