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Natural pool: All the benefits of this sustainable alternative

Are you planning to build a pool? What if you chose a natural pool, for a natural swim without chlorine or any chemicals? This alternative to the traditional pool seduces individuals for its ecological assets and its natural aesthetic. Operation, benefits and maintenance, dive into the clear waters of natural pools!
The key principles of a natural pool

An eco-friendly pool takes advantage of the properties of certain plants and micro-organisms to filter its water. The idea is to reproduce a natural biological balance, in which the water is naturally purified.

The pool is divided into two or three areas:

  • The swimming area
  • The planting area for water purification (filtration area): this basin is generally the same size as the swimming area and is composed of purifying plants (water hyacinth, rush…), whose role is to purify the water and prevent pathogenic organisms for reproducing.
  • The regeneration zone (optional): made up of oxygenating plants (elodea, aquatic buttercup…) whose role is to guarantee a good water quality. This zone is usually in the form of a waterfall.

The three basins, which must communicate with each other, are connected by a pump.

The benefits of a natural pool

One of the major advantages of a natural pool is its absence of chemicals, allowing to protect the health of its users and to respect the environment. No more red eyes or irritated skin, the natural pool guarantees optimal bathing comfort. 

Another advantage is its simple and inexpensive maintenance. A natural pool requires little work: regularly remove dead leaves and clean the pool walls with a special robotic natural pool cleaner. 

This type of pool also benefits from a natural aesthetic. Thanks to the numerous plants, the natural pool blends into their surroundings and is in harmony with its environment. Finally, when winter comes, no particular intervention will be necessary. The pool can be left as is, without being emptied or covered. Stricter vigilance is required if the pool is exposed to extreme temperatures (frost and snow).

However, there are some constraints: if the natural pool is a less expensive option in terms of maintenance, it remains more expensive to build than a conventional pool. Also, the ecosystem takes a little time to set up. You will not be able to enjoy it immediately after having filled the pool. Finally, the water may tend to evaporate more quickly.

Smartips! In a natural swimming pool, everything rests on a good balance of the ecosystem. For this reason, the choice of the plants will be particularly important. We advise you to call upon professionals of the sector. Also, in order not to encourage the proliferation of algae, it is recommended not to expose your natural pool to too high temperatures, and thus to avoid a south-facing location. Finally, in order to maintain the biological balance, it is crucial to avoid exposing the ecosystem to chemical products. Bathers should therefore favor mineral and natural sunscreens in order to not disrupt the balance in the long run. 

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