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Healthiest pool

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Created March 02, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Those of you that have swimming pools, what do you think is the healthiest way to sanitize the water? Do any good options exist or are swimming pools basically unhealthy? Certainly, the most Paleo option would be to swim in something like a river or lake that's regularly tested but those aren't in my backyard.

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I was watching a HGTV show that had a backyard makeover complete with saltwater pool, I thought that was the coolest thing ever! However, I grew up with a backyard pool (copper-based sanitation of some sort) and the maintenance is such a pain in the butt I'd never want one myself. Backyard hot tub on the other hand... hopefully somewhere in my future. I guess I have to look into sanitation methods for hot tubs if I ever reach that point though...

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on March 02, 2012
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After going to years of state policy meetings on pool law, I have seen and heard enough to keep me out of pools for all time and eternity. However UV systems are a great way to sanitize. They are expensive but worth it. No chemicals. No fuss.

I think the amount of chemicals in most pools is very unhealthy. But on the opposite end, I have seen some water samples that were worse than sewage treatment plants.

The worst pools are those that have kids, elderly, and the mentally handicapped (most likely to potty in pool). I would say the next worst are the "owned" hot spring pools. The captured water is become a bit too stagnant and bacteria builds up.

Your best best is to find local hot springs, that are flow-through, where the water is constantly in motion. Or keep your own pool clean with UV. There are also some fun more natural style pools that use light filtration with a combination of special plants that do a good job with adding to the filtration. See this link.

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on March 03, 2012
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Salt water is fairly easy to maintain. My grandparents had one for 20 years and it was great. We used to swim in it every day of the year, without fail (Darwin Australia, 30c+ every day. They never had any issues with mould and junk.

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:37 PM

There are options that don't use the typical harsh chemicals, but they are definitely more expensive. I would personally not use a chlorinated pool on a regular basis, and would rather choose to not swim, or seek out natural sources of water(which I do). My local ymca has a saline system, and our town has a hot springs fed pool as well, so we're pretty blessed in that way! Here are a couple of commonly used alternatives to chlorine systems:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_water_chlorination

http://www.cwtozone.com/index.php?page=pool-spa-water-features&gclid=CIr8j92wya4CFYEBRQodbGHFAg

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2002-08-01/Natural-Swimming-Pool.aspx

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