A growing trend for natural and chemical-free pools was brought into sharp focus this week when the neighbours of the nation’s favourite musician Ed Sheeran said they were worried his new pond could double as a swimming pool.
Here at Envirochem we have noticed a growing trend for these natural swimming pools – a garden pond with plants to oxygenate the water and keep it clean enough to swim in. No need for chlorine or other potentially harmful chemicals.
In Ed Sheeran’s original planning application for the pool on his estate in Suffolk, it was described as supporting ‘nature conservation’, however, some of the star’s neighbours have said they are worried it could be used for wild parties, swimming and other recreational activities.
The neighbours might be worried about loud noise from late night parties. But Ed might have other things to be worried about if he was thinking of swimming in his natural pool.
What are natural pools?
Natural pools are becoming increasingly popular – perhaps most commonly owned by the rich and famous. They tend to blend into outdoor environments better than a traditional pool, and use plants in place of chemicals for cleaning purposes. Water filters through the plants, as well as enabling an ecosystem to exist within the pool.
Sounds like a good idea, right?
What’s the problem?
Without proper filtration and regular cleaning, pools like these can become home to harmful legionella, which regularly occurs in natural water sources. Legionella is a bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease – a lung infection caused by inhaling the bacteria. Symptoms can range from severe chest pain to high temperatures.
What should I do if I’m concerned?
If you are concerned about the water quality of a natural pool, we sell self-test kits so you can quickly, safely and easily test for the presence of legionella. Purchase yours here, or get in touch with a member of the Envirochem team today.
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