First Solar-Powered Eco Pool in Morocco Uses Zero Chemicals

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A family near Essaouira, Morocco happily splash around in a natural pool with zero chemicals.

A beautiful, luxurious swimming pool in Morocco that contains none of the nasty chemicals that irritate your eyes and cause respiratory problems has functioned perfectly well for over a year. A family living near Essaoiura on the country’s windy west coast (famous in parts for its murals) commissioned a natural, zero emissions eco-pool that blends in with the natural landscape. Despite critics who claim that it’s dangerous to have a swimming pool without chlorine, the “Schwimmteich” still looks great and allows the local fauna and flora to thrive as well.

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Nature’ kidneys

Babeth and Guy from Morocco have a whitewashed stone house typical of the area as well as a generous garden. Their pool was built around existing plants and olive trees to ensure that the ecosystem was not disturbed. The filtration system includes lagoons planted with certain wetland plants that filter out water, a sedimentation column that absorbs nutrients, as well as a waterfall and regeneration pool that oxygenates water before it is returned to the swimming area.

Scientists have known for the last few decades that bulrushes and other wetland plants are nature’s kidneys and often exceed the performance of harmful chemicals, but it has only been in the last few years that people have begun to trust constructed wetlands and natural pools.

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Eco-controversy

Ecological pools that rely on nature to stay clean are considered quite controversial since they lack fast-acting chemicals that kill bacteria. In Israel last year, a Kibbutznik who wanted to build a natural pool sued the country’s health ministry, which denied permits on the grounds that some kind of chlorine must be used to keep it clean.

But in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, ecological pools are fairly common and have proven themselves to be perfectly healthy and safe.

DecRen Water Consult (DWC) from Germany lent their expertise to the Moroccan-based company ITRI Environment, who notes on their website that, “the principle of the natural pool is based on the balance of an ecosystem: the choice of plants is crucial.”

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A solar-powered 12 volt pump helps to keep the water circulated and oxygenated and ensures that this zero-emissions natural pool is the first of its kind in the country.

Although the Middle East has been slow to catch on to the benefits of plants such as bulrushes and papyrus that naturally filter contaminants, at a water-centered conference in Egypt last year, experts presented the idea that constructed wetlands can help to clean the polluted Nile River.

More on wetland plants and natural pool in the Middle East:

Kibbutznik Sues Israel’s Health Ministry For Right to Open Ecological Pool

Egypt to Re-Think Wastewater Treatment

Cocaine, Codeine, and Methadone Present in Cypriot Wastewater

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11 thoughts on “First Solar-Powered Eco Pool in Morocco Uses Zero Chemicals”

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  2. Christophe says:

    The creator company is ITRI Environnement (French version of Environment)

    1. Thanks Chris, we did mention you in our article and have sent a couple of people your way! Keep up the great work. We love this pool.

  3. Here you go Nightrise. It is in French, so let me know if you need any other help. http://www.solairemaroc.com/piscine_naturelle.php

  4. Nightrise says:

    Hi,

    I’d like some more information if possible on the creators of this pool. I could not find the website by searching “ITRI Environment” on google. Thanks for the great article !

  5. No problem at all… I’m glad you’re around to keep me honest! Thanks Xoussef 🙂

  6. Xoussef says:

    No it wasn’t, but I get it now. Nuances get lost on non-native speakers like me, sorry. 🙂

  7. I know Xoussef… that’s why I wrote “…country’s windy west coast (famous in parts for its murals).” You don’t think that’s clear enough?

  8. Xoussef says:

    Tafline: the murals town is a Assilah not Essaouira 🙂

  9. This is gorgeous. I hope it inspires many others to do the same. I hate swimming in chlorine. This is a perfect solution to people who need pools. Is suburban America listening?

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