The Environmental Impacts of NSP’s – A Blog Series

Black and white image showing the process of getting pool chemicals from the mine to the pool.
Process of getting chemicals to a residential swimming pool

If you’ve thought about ways to live a more sustainable life, you’re not alone. In the last 5 years, there has been a 71% increase in the popularity of searches for sustainable goods.

With a large increase in the demand for swimming pools, as many people continue to work from home, it is worth discussing the relationship between these two trends.

Of the 10.4 million swimming pools in the United States, just about everyone is treated with chemicals, which is not sustainable by any means.

Image of a biopool in Phoenix, AZ
NSP in Phoenix, AZ

Natural Swimming Pool’s (NSP’s) are filtered and sanitized through biological processes found in nature (streams and ponds), and use absolutely zero chemicals (including salt).

As seen above, they visually appear very similar to a “traditional” chemical swimming pool, but tend to have a more tropical, aquamarine color to the water.

If you prefer a more natural look, you may choose to incorporate aquatic plants into the design with no issue.

Shows a natural swimming pool in Princeton, NJ with aquatic plants incorporated
NSP in Princeton, NJ with Aquatic plants incorporated

NSP’s have the opportunity to negate and even offset the lack of sustainability in the industry.

Within this blog series, we will visit the ways we can quantify the positive environmental impact each NSP has, in addition to the potential impacts the industry could have as a whole.

This coming summer, zooplankton and phytoplankton survey’s will be performed, biofilm growth will be quantified, our efforts to expand the popularity of NSP’s will be highlighted, and much more through this blog series.

If you are someone who strives to live a more sustainable life, or have recognized the negative environmental impact of “traditional” swimming pools, we invite you to follow along and/or share the message of how your backyard swimming pool could help, not hurt, our planet.

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