Can one combine a natural swimming pool with a rainwater harvesting garden?

Kitty Bridgens Published: Feb. 7, 2019, 4:23 p.m.Last updated: Feb. 25, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

I don't have specific details yet but we would like to build a swimming pool on a newly aquired 4 acre property and we like the idea of a more natural type of pool (no chlorine).  We also want to grow some crops and harvest rain water and water from a small creek running through our property.   I can't see why a natural swimming pool and a rainwater harvesting garden/system cannot be combined into one area.  

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Ecohome Feb. 9, 2019, 9:19 a.m. Reply

Hi Kitty,

If you mean feeding rainwater into your natural pool from roof runoff, I would see no problem doing that with a metal roof, but shingles, particlularly older ones, may deposit toxic debris in it. We have a page on Natural swimming pools and ponds that may be of use.