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Can Swimming Pools Be Sustainable?

By Kristin Hunt

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In terms of instant heat relief, few things beat a pool in the summertime. When it comes to sustainability, though, pools aren’t exactly leaders in the space.

Maintaining a pool requires energy to heat it, chemicals to keep it clean, and lots and lots of water. Add that all up and it’s hard not to wonder if a “sustainable” swimming pool is even possible. But there are ways to green your pool, and the Europeans have already shown us how.

Natural swimming pools have been a familiar sight across Europe for several years now. Most people trace their origin back to 1980s Austria, where they were dubbed “schwimmteiche.” Natural pools come in all shapes and sizes, but they have a couple defining characteristics. The biggest is the cleaning process.