When summer rolls around and the weather is sunny and sweltering, most can’t wait to cool off, whether that be in a pool or the ocean. But as great as splashing into that refreshing water may be, sometimes you just don’t feel lake making the hot drive to the beach or spending the time up-keeping your own backyard pool. However, there’s a fantastic new trend that’s going around that, not only allows you to have your own swimming space on your property, but also naturally benefits the environment while remaining safe for you (minus all those pool chemicals).
David Pagan Butler specializes in creating swimming ponds for families’ yards.
These beautiful and serene spaces, called organic pools, aren’t only great cooling off from the hot weather. The natural design of the pools are environmentally friendly and allow the growth of wildlife, all while providing you with safe and hygienic water for swimming.
The nutrient levels in the pools are carefully restricted, heightening the competition for the limiting nutrient (which is usually phosphorus).These conditions allow the pond plants to outperform any algae, suppressing it so that its presence is minimal. However, the ponds’ organisms don’t restrict plant growth. Instead, the low nutrients in the organic ponds serve as a healthy environment for wildlife, attracting many species to the yard.
Because the plants and animals in the pond stop the growth of algae and condition the water, there’s never any need for chemical disinfectants. If an alien micro-organism (like a human pathogen) enters the water, it’s usually starved out or devoured by countless hungry pond-dwelling micro-organisms. They’re so efficient that, according to a water analysis, the ponds contain zero organisms of e-coli per liter of water. The water quality is great, even within drinking standards.
There are two main types of organic pools: natural pools and plunge pools. Natural pools take up a relatively large space and are good for both you and the environment. Plunge pools are just like a natural pool only smaller, able to easily fit into more modest sized gardens.
If you’re interested in building either type of pool, you can hire an expert, but Butler has created a system where you can also do it yourself. It may seem daunting at first, but he has plenty of advice and tools on his website, including DVDs, kits, and courses.
Plus, it’s likely no one else on the block would have as neat and environmentally friendly pool as you.
Photo Credit: http://www.organicpools.co.uk/