Swimming pools need chemicals such as chlorine to keep them clean, whereas a swimming pond offers a more natural approach to maintenance. To keep the water moving, a waterfall or small pump is a good idea – this also helps to keep the pond clean. So I made smaller bundles from the mesh packaging I bought the barley straw bales in. One of the great benefits of swimming in a natural pond as opposed to a swimming pool is that you don’t come into contact with all the harmful chemicals.
To add the beneficial bacteria, all you have to do is calculate the approximate number of litres in your pond and add the appropriate amount of biodegradable bacteria packets.
How can I make my pond clean enough to swim in?
I stayed away from algae because I found it disgusting, but otherwise I never worried about water health risks. The fantasy of wild swimming – think of Keira Knightley in the film Atonement, wearing an old white swimming costume and matching cap – bears little resemblance to reality. If you really want your natural swimming pond to stand out, add a pond filter. These are existing or man-made ponds that are kept clean by plants with natural filters such as shingles and a pump that constantly circulates the water so it doesn’t stagnate.
The windmill catches the wind and turns the blades of the fan, which pumps air through the hose at the bottom of the pond and releases oxygen.
How do I turn my pond into a swimming pond?
Recreational swimming ponds are natural-looking, chemical-free, maintainable bodies of freshwater that stay clean and healthy with the help of plants and beneficial bacteria. When building a natural swimming pond, make sure that about half of the pond’s surface is covered by plants, as this eliminates the need for harmful chemicals. For more information on ponds, raising fish and other aquaculture topics, contact your state university’s extension services. The surrounding landscape and fresh, unchlorinated water make swimming in the pond more of an adventure than a swim.
Avoid letting large streams flow directly into a pond, as this can lead to erosion, siltation, turbidity and ice-cold water.