FAQ’s

What do you mean by Living Pools?
A Living Pool is a swimming pool that uses natural crystal clear water (that comes from your tap or underground). It is 100% biologically cleaned by using living biological filtration. This kills pathogens passing through. Phosphate is removed with a special type of natural iron filter. Little grows without phosphorous including the germs that need something to feed on. The pool is kept pristine by a robot and fine mesh skimmer.
Why do you not use chlorine or salt as the cleansing agents in the water?
Chlorine is a toxin and may even be carcinogenic. It can cause skin and breathing allergies. Using salt as a cleansing agent is no better as chlorine is released in the water you swim in. Our naturally cleaned water has none of these problems. It is soft, so the skin is left unharmed and hair is even soft after swimming.
Can Natural Water Swimming Pools be built for public uses and pleasure, say in a hotel or a public swimming pool?
Yes. These type of pools have been built in many countries in Europe and other parts of the world. There are approximately 600 local authority pools and many more commercial and hotel pools. The regulations for these pools are very high and comply with strict health standards that were originally set down in Germany. There are also pools in particular institutions such as a school in India and a meditation retreat up a mountain in France. Will Woodhouse is currently designing the first heated all-year-use public pool in the UK.
If I want to use plants as the filter in my Living Pool is this possible?
Yes. Our Living Pool design is flexible and this will not cause us any problem in designing this.
Do the Living Pools require extra maintenance as compared with a chlorinated pool?
No. The pool robot does the majority of the cleaning work and this process can be automated.  We would normally recommend that your pool be cleaned thoroughly – at least once per week – to remove the biofilm that forms on the walls of the pool. You will also need to empty the skimmer box, possibly twice per week. The natural cleaning systems run themselves so there is less chance of human error such as under or overdosing chemicals . We have no chemicals that need regularly testing for and adding to the water.
How often do the components need to be serviced?
Only the filter material in the bio-filter will have to be replaced every few years.
What are the size ranges for the Living Pool?
Living Pools can be built to any size depending on requirements and number of users . They are sized to a maximum of 3.5 cubic meters of water per person per day. An average domestic size pool of 75 cubic meters (5x9m) will keep clean with 20 people using it all day.
Is the Living Pool more costly than a conventional swimming pool?
A Living Pool costs slightly more than the equivalent chemically-treated pool as the filter is a larger and more technical part of the construction. We use long life environmentally sustainable products which can be more expensive. Maintenance costs are less in time and materials and these lower running costs pay back this higher cost in a short space of time (2-4 years).
How do you control mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding and being a nuisance in natural pools
Living Pools do not have mosquitoes in them as the water is moving . If circulation stops, natural or living pools with plants have predators in such as dragonfly larvae that will eat mosquito larvae. We pay particular attention to not create stagnant water outside the pool area where mosquitoes may be attracted. Natural pools attract predatory birds and insects such as swallows and dragonflies so mosquitoes in the area may be reduced . A natural pool is a man-made perfectly balanced ecosystem which is why we do not need chemicals in the pool or to kill pests.