Specialised solution for natural pool
From a surge in health and wellness blogs to the trendy inclusion of earthy elements like stone and wood in interior design, the return to natural-style living is definitely growing in popularity.
Its reach even extends to the water treatment industry, with natural and chemical-free pools rising in popularity across many areas of the globe.
When the team at FTS Aquatics, which supplies pond and landscaping products throughout the UK, were asked to use their expertise to create a high-end natural pool for Hampshire couple Richard and Emma Oliver, they tackled the task of blending the pool’s design into the backyard landscape with ease.
Having already designed and constructed countless natural pools all over the UK, Mick Caffyn-Parsons, owner of FTS Aquatics, along with specialist engineer Tim Gunning, also knew which water treatment equipment was needed for such a project.
“It’s important to use the best equipment for natural pools in order to achieve the perfect results. That’s why we always use and recommend the Waterco range of specialised products for natural pools,” said Caffyn-Parsons.
The Olivers live with their children in an idyllic country village outside of the town of Winchester in Hampshire and therefore requested the pool design match the serenity and natural beauty that surrounds their home.
With this in mind, FTS Aquatics and Gunning constructed a brand new concrete natural-style pool measuring 40 m3, featuring a black liner and dual spillover into the gravel filtration bed, which in turn was planted with a variety of water plants.
For this project, a range of Waterco products was selected, including an Aquamite 1.0 hp pump, a 702 Exotuf Pond Professional Bead filter and a MultiCyclone prefiltration device.
Tony Fisher, Waterco’s Division CEO, North America & Europe, said all three of the products used in this installation are designed to minimise maintenance while ensuring the clarity and quality of water remain top notch.
“These were the perfect combination to ensure continuous high water quality without the use of chemical treatments,” said Fisher.
“Firstly, the Aquamite is a low-energy pump with the correct performance for good filtration and backwash. And the Exotuf bead filter is compact and easy to use and maintain, with an excellent level of performance, while the MultiCyclone is an ideal solution to remove the finer particles prior to entering the primary filtration system.”
This Waterco equipment works well in conjunction with the gravel bed filtration already built around the pool edges. This sort of filtration is also known as a ‘regeneration zone’, and is an effective method through which natural pools are kept clean and free from threats from algae invasion.
“Though the gravel bed takes principal position in the filtration system, it is a great advantage to include a bead filter and MultiCyclone in the system,” said Gunning.
“This will help reduce the interval at which sediment is laid down and does seem to reduce the formation of string algae — this is of great importance in a recently established regeneration zone, as the water plants may take two or three years to establish to a point where they can remove nitrate efficiently.”
Gravel filtration beds are not only perfectly suited to a natural pool installation such as this in a practical sense, but also aesthetically. The gravel has been planted with a variety of plants, including white arum lilies, umbrella grass, sedge, marsh marigolds and water hawthorns, which are a beautiful complement to the already stunning natural pool design.
“Richard and Emma are extremely happy with the final result and regularly use the pool, as do their children. Since installation, the water quality has remained high and the pool weathers all the natural elements that it is exposed to very well,” said Gunning and Caffyn-Parsons.
Originally published here.
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