Chlorine has antibacterial properties, so if your breakouts are caused by bacteria, a little exposure to chlorinated water can help reduce the size and amount of acne. Additionally, the same reason that chlorine is bad for your skin and hair generally is what makes it helpful for acne.
When people are exposed to swimming pool water which contains too much chlorine, they may experience some of the following side effects right away or soon after getting out of the pool:
- A burning sensation in the throat
- Bloody nose
- Eye irritation
- A burning sensation in the eyes
- Coughing or wheezing
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- A burning or irritated feeling on the skin
- Buildup of fluid in the lungs
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 all changed recently — if you live in Minneapolis.
This summer, Minneapolis opened the first all-natural, chlorine-free public swimming pool in the U.S.
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 has finally come to fruition.
The pool opened in late July.
The Webber pool features a shallow end and a deep end — like any good pool — and it also features an even deeper jumping platform and lap swimming lanes. It 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.
Simple vacuums finish the job by keeping the actual pool surface clean, no chemicals required.
It’s not just the cleaning mechanisms that make this natural pool so appealing. In a lot of ways, the Webber pool is more like a lake than a pool, with live turtles and frogs populating the water, along with some algae to keep the ecosystem strong. The pool is also surrounded by as much grass and greenery as possible.
All in the name of a truly natural experience.
The Webber pool is a great start, but we need more like it.
There are also environmental concerns around the use and disposal of harsh pool chemicals.
#1 parks system in the U.S. for the past three years by The Trust for Public Land.aybe that attitude is why Minneapolis Parks and Rec has been rated the
“We have a responsibility to be good stewards of public land and public water. It’s consistent with our mission.”
With Minneapolis paving the way, hopefully we’ll see more natural public pools springing up in the years to come.