Many homeowners are beginning to turn to natural swimming pools due to the harmful health effects of traditional swimming pools. Chlorine and other chemicals used to keep pools clean have many health risks to the human body. Too much exposure to pool chemicals can increase a risk of getting cancer, cause reproductive issues and birth defects, and cause asthma and other respiratory issues. The chemicals can also cause mild issues such as allergic reactions, red eyes, and dry skin. Overall, the chemicals used in swimming pools are not great for the human body and it should not come as a surprise that something that is harmful to the human form is also harmful to the environment.
Here are the three top ways in which having a traditional, chemically treated swimming pool in your backyard is harmful to the environment.
According to the National Swimming Pool Foundation, there are over 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the United States, and we can assume a large majority of these are traditional, chemically treated pools. If every pool owner made steps to green their swimming pool, the environmental effects of swimming pools would be massively reduced. If you are one of those pool owners, there are several ways to green your pool, such as installing energy efficient pumps, covering your pool with a pool blanket to reduce chemical and water evaporation, and converting your chemically treated swimming pool into a natural swimming pool.