This Is The First Chlorine Free PUBLIC Swimming Pool In The U.S.
For a long time, there were only two ways to access a "naturally filtered" pool: live in Europe or open up your wallet.
In the years since, they've seen a rapid increase in numbers. Today there are over 20,000 natural pools in Europe, including plenty open to the general public.
For those of us in the States, however, natural pools are much harder to come by.
there are lots of strict state-mandated regulations around the use of chemicals for bacteria, so natural pools just haven't been an option for most communities.
That's why most of us have been stuck wading in pale blue, chlorinated waters for as long as we can remember.
But that's about to change — at least, if you live in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis is about to open the first all-natural, chlorine-free public swimming pool in the United States.
It's called the Webber natural pool, and the project has taken over four years and $6 million of funding, not to mention the numerous legal hurdles and construction delays, but it's finally coming to fruition.
The pool is all set to open on July 24, 2015.
The Webber pool features a shallow end and a deep end — like any good pool — and it also features an even deeper jumping platform, lap swimming lanes, and holds over 500,000 gallons of water.
Every 12 hours, the entire half-million gallon pool slowly drains in and out of what's called a "regeneration basin" filled with over 7,000 different aquatic plants rooted in gravel and limestone. The plants consume some of the bacteria and nutrients — the ones you wouldn't want getting in your eyes — for growth, while the rest clings to the gravel.