Natural Pools and Ponds
Natural pools were developed in central and western Europe in the early and mid-1980s by designers and landscape architects due to environmental concerns by them and their clients and have recently been growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional swimming pools.
Natural pools are constructed bodies of water in which no chemicals or devices that disinfect or sterilize water are used and all the cleaning of the pool is achieved purely with the motion of the water through biological filters and plants rooted hydroponically in the system.
In essence natural pools seek to recreate swimming holes and swimmable lakes creating an environment where people feel safe swimming in a non-polluted, healthy, and ecologically balanced body of water.
Natural pools, requiring a water garden to be a part of the system, offer different aesthetic options and can support amphibious wildlife such as snails, frogs, and salamanders.