Not what you think it is: Swimming pools starting to go au naturel
Just the thing to drown an environmentalist in!
Jeff Steinberg’s backyard oasis has a luxury pool with a walk-in beach, an integrated hot tub and a stream with local river rocks. But there’s something it doesn’t have: chlorine.
His natural swimming pool in Princeton, N.J., uses plants in an adjacent area to clean the water, creating an aquatic habitat that includes water lilies, lotuses and toads.
“We hear them croak as they dive for cover,” Steinberg says, noting how the toads scurry to their home base among the plants when his wife, Julia, swims morning laps.