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Natural Plunge Pool Pond

Like it's bigger brother the Recreation Swimming pond, these plunge pool ponds are designed for people fed up with the red eyes and itchy skin that chlorine can cause? So many people are now seeking chemical free alternatives. Swim ponds or natural pools, as some refer to them are a chemical free alternative delivering exceptional water quality as mother nature intended. Bathing in a natural swim pond can leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated, ready to take on your next venture. Swim ponds can be attributed to the likes of swimming in a creek or waterhole with plants and fish, all creating a natural balanced ecosystem.

How does a natural plunge pool pond function?

These plunge pool sized natural pools mimic nature and utilise plants, rocks and gravel to biologically filter your water. Water is pumped up through a wetland filter and circulates continuously using energy efficient low wattage pumps. There is an airstone in the deep plunge section to create oxygenation of the water and constant movement and circulation to to prevent geothermal layering (where a warm layer of water sits on the top with cold water in the bottom). Plants in the system take up nutrient and help deliver vital oxygen to the environment whereas rock and gravel create an immense surface area for good microscopic beneficial bacteria to colonise and break down waste nutrients into less harmful substances.

How much does a natural plunge pool pond cost?

This compact plunge pond version of our recreation swimming ponds can get you in the water with the fish and water lilies for around $25k fully installed + pool fencing

With a compact pond area of 4 x 3m with a 1.8m diameter fully tiled plunge zone to 1.7m deep, these can fit in almost any garden. There's also a large shelf area to 50cm deep for the kids to splash around and even for plants and fish. Yes! A compact natural filtered swimming hole in your own backyard.

It includes all the usual features of our larger recreation ponds like a constructed wetland filter, mechanical skimmer, circulation jets, low voltage night lights and an Iongen to help control string algae. The plunge pond version comes standard with a jetty dock to house the skimmer under. And we'll even get the council building permits.

Do swim ponds or natural pools need more maintenance than traditional pools?

No, natural pools or swim ponds generally require less maintenance than a traditional pool. There are still routine chores such as emptying the skimmer basket and just like a garden it will require periodical (water) garden maintenance. Regular removal of dead and decaying plant matter is an excellent way of exporting nutrient from the pond. Wetland filters do also require an annual deep clean and it is advised to significantly stir up or vacuum the gravel bottom sections annually as well. Our team can provide training on how to carry out this work or do it for you on an routine schedule.

Our projects are built using a combination of a small in-house construction  team with regular specialist subcontractors helping us out. All work, plans and permits are arranged and managed by Think Green Landscapes and Waterscapes.
A full range of complementary landscape design and construction services are also available to complete the garden around your pond project.

Constructed Wetland filtration diagram

Skimmer basket under hinged jetty dock
(Note that this is plunge pond is smaller than the specifications above at total pond area of ~2.5 x 2.5m and plunge ring at 1.5m diameter and 900mm extra depth within ring - Also is bare concrete not tiled)  

Plunge Pond in Greenmount with waterfall
(Note that this is plunge pond is smaller than the specifications above at total pond area of ~2.5 x 2.5m and plunge ring at 1.5m diameter and 900mm extra depth within ring - Also is bare concrete not tiled)  


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