Thursday, July 3, 2008

Swimming Pools Without Chemicals

Pool chemicals include various kinds of disinfectants and sanitizers which work to control the growth of certain kinds of algae and bacteria in the pool water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, chlorine can be a potent irritant in humans to the eyes, the upper respiratory tract, and the lungs; while chronic hazards include respiratory effects, such as eye and throat irritation, and airflow obstruction.

There have been a number of studies linking chlorine to reproductive issues and cancer, but the EPA has not classified it as a threat.

There is a variety of new systems designed to provide an alternative to traditional pool chemicals. There is also a new trend in building natural swimming ponds. They cost more to install, but you save the maintenance costs.

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