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The Most Natural Organic Pool You Can Build Yourself

The Most Natural Organic Pool You Can Build Yourself
There are many reasons to avoid chlorinated pools, most of all due to your health and the environment. Natural Pools allow nature to provide hygienic water for swimming. The vibrant ecology of plants and animals condition the water so there is no need for any chemical disinfectants. These pools are healthy for people and wildlife. In fact the water quality in a natural pool is so good, many are well within drinking water standards!

Natural Organic Pools by PreventDisease

Scientists have known for decades that along with the good that comes with disinfecting water with chlorine, chemicals called disinfection byproducts can also be formed when chlorine reacts with organic substances like human skin and residues from body care products.
Why is absorbing chlorine through the skin thought to be so dangerous? When you swallow water, you can count on the liver to filter out many toxins- but when something gets absorbed through your skin, it goes straight into the circulatory system.
Studies have shown that drinking, bathing or swimming in chlorinated water may increase the risk of bladder cancer. Chemicals, most commonly chlorine, used to disinfect water can produce by-products that have been tied to increased cancer risk.

Organic Pools 

The nutrient level in an organic pool is carefully restricted so competition for the limiting nutrient (usually phosphorous) is fierce. In these circumstances, pond plants outperform algae, keeping it suppressed and barely hanging in at the margins. A pond, low in nutrients, is a healthy environment for wildlife. An organic pool is teeming with life. If an alien micro-organism, a human pathogen for instance, enters the water, it faces battalions of hungry pond dwelling micro-organisms to either starve it out of existence, or devour it. A water analysis of this pond water showed that it contained zero organisms of e coli. per liter of water.

Chlorine does NOT completely clean the pool. You may think so, but you are betting with your life! Pool water can enter your abdomen and cause devastating infection and illness. I know, because this happened to my daughter, who was a champion swimmer. She survived her ordeal AFTER abdominal surgery.   Thought you’d want to know.  — the editor

Swimming in a Natural pool among flowering plants of lilies, iris and marsh marigolds is a celebration of life. Soothing your limbs and mind and skin and eyes, it seems every cell in your body is telling you – this is the way swimming should be. Natural Pools work entirely with nature to provide hygienic water for swimming.

Earth-friendly Pool Maintenance

Contributed by Pool Services Technologies (www.poolservicestech.com) and Weber Pools (www.weberpools.com)

Summer is near and that means it’s time to make sure the backyard pool is in tip-top shape. Pools can be greatwhen it comes to keeping the family cool and happy, but we all know they require maintenance or they’ll quickly become a nightmare to return to safe levels. In addition, many homeowners have concerns when it comes to eco-friendly ways to maintain their pools.

For the eco-conscious pool owner, here are some of our top green tips for pool maintenance:

  • When feasible, use solar covers on pools and spas to cut down on evaporation and chemical use.
  • Shut off waterfalls and other water features when no one is home. This cuts down on evaporation and electric consumption.
  • When possible, run your pool pump at night when energy costs are typically lower.
  • If you’re located in the San Diego or Dallas areas, consider the Puripool Process, a mobile filtration unit and removes the hard water, acids, calcium build up, etc. while rebalancing the good chemicals and conserving nearly 85% of the existing water. (Visit www.poolservicestech.com or www.weberpools.com for more info).

In addition to these eco-friendly tips, it’s imperative that pool owners practice basic pool maintenance. Here are some basic pool care pointers to ensure safe swimming water:

  • Be sure your filter is clean and operating correctly. Clear any toys or leaves that may have accidentally made their way into the skimmer basket, which can also affect flow.
  • Set your pump to operate a minimum of six hours each day so the water turns over regularly.
  • Do a complete test of the water chemistry and correct any deficiencies.

You’d also be wise to hire a reputable pool company to do a thorough inspection of your pool at the start of each summer. Always be sure the following steps are included:

  • Check the pool for leaks. This is of particular importance if you live in an area where drought is a concern.
  • Check all equipment and plumbing for leaks. Minor leaks may seem inconsequential but can have severe effects down the road.
  • Check all filters, pumps, and motors for proper performance.
  • Optimize the levels of chlorine, pH, calcium hardness and conditioner.

Weekly professional servicing of your pool and having an eco-conscious mindset when it comes to pool maintenance will do nothing but make your pool owning experience all the more enjoyable.

More info: Pool Services Technologies (www.poolservicestech.com), based out of San Diego, California, and Weber Pools (www.weberpools.com), based out of Dallas, Texas, both offer the innovative Puripool Process—an ecofriendly water filtration method that helps home owners maintain eco-friendly pools.


Domestic Detox – Green Clean

Professionals are evaluate your level of toxic exposure in your home. This is “way past” removing solvents and inventing better storage options. They can evaluate potential indoor health hazards, like mold, lead, radiation, water problems and more.
Often people notice that they seem more allergic in one place or another, this problem is known in a generic way as “sick building syndrome”. There are so many chemicals used in building (formaldehyde) or furnishings it is quite a task to sort out culprits.

The toxicx lists is long, start by protecting yourself against these:

  • BPA (in plastic)
  • Lead, Mercury, chlorine, fluoride, asbestos, arsenic, radon
  • Phthalates (shampoos, cosmetics)
  • fabric and upholstery materials may be bleached or from pesticide
    sprayed cottons

Arm yourself with knowledge, read these and others:
“Clean” is a guide published by Gwenneth Paltrow and Donna Karan
“Slow Death by Rubber Duck” Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
Do this:

  1. Kitchen sink water filter (under counter model is about $150-200)
  2. Shower Filter (about $50-75)
  3. Pick GREEN Cleaners look for the Green Seal, use vinegar, or lemon oil
  4. For Cosmetics, no parabens, keep it pure, ingredients that you can say/spell
  5. For cleaner air, use an HEPA air filter (get a vacuum cleaner with one too)