Sweden: Sexual Assaults at Swimming Pools

From Gatestone Institute

Presenting this post is not meant to be a political commentary of any kind, but it is meant to be a warning for children and young adults about what can happen in the most seemingly harmless environments.  Sweden has seen a significant rash of sexual assaults in Public Swimming Pools, and the situation could be instructive for our own children to be aware of their environment at all times.  Cultural changes notwithstanding, sexual assault is never acceptable.

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America’s swimming pools have a long, sad, racist history

From The Washington Post

Seldom, if ever, is this forum used to present significant societal issues.  The swimming pool is generally associated with fun, relaxation, recreation and exercise, not as a reflection of cultural and societal norms.  This post from The Washington Post takes a different tact on the public swimming pool, illuminating the fact that perhaps no other vehicle better mirrors the societal attitudes towards race and racism better than the local public swimming pool.

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How much pee is in our swimming pools? New urine test reveals the truth

From The Guardian

Studies reveal that 3 out of every 4 people have done this, and yet nobody will admit to doing so.  Unfortunately, it seems like a harmless activity at the time.  In reality, the byproducts of the chemical reaction of sanitizers and compounds in urine can potentially cause harm to humans far beyond what was previously understood.  This post from The Guardian reveals a new scientific test that can actually measure the amount of urine in swimming pools.  Understanding this number will go a long way towards removing these dangerous compounds and hopefully creating awareness of how harmful urine can be in a swimming pool.

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Just How Much Pee Is In That Pool?

From NPR

It's a subject that every pool owner is aware of, but none want to discuss.  Being surrounded by warm water for any period of time will make any human being want to urinate, and children are especially vulnerable to the effects of the warm water envelope.  Just how harmful is this situation?  This post from NPR addresses this uncomfortable subject head-on with scientific evidence, and the results may surprise those who think this is a harmless activity.

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How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool

From Mother Earth News

Douglas Buege and Vicky Uhland explain how to build a natural swimming pool on your homestead, includes information on pool zoning, natural filtration, sealing the pool and algae control.

One of the most interesting developments in the swimming pool industry over the last two decades has been the development of the natural swimming pool.  Sometimes referred to as a swimming pond, these bodies of water utilize natural materials and no chemicals for filtration.  For some, this natural experience harkens back to their youth, swimming in the lake or pond.  For others, the experience of swimming with fish and natural plans along with the associated bio film is too foreign to handle.  Either way, this post from Mother Earth News is an interesting treatise on how to build one of these fascinating projects.

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How to Get Your Pool Summer Ready

From Zodiac

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer, or a person that relies on a professional pool service company to open your inground swimming pool for the Summer months, there are things that you can do to save yourself time and money.  This post from Zodiac Pools gives you a checklist of tasks that need to be completed to get any swimming pool ready to go for the warm Summertime!

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34 Coolest Plunge Pool Ideas For Your Backyard

From Gardenoholic

Don't have alot of space but still want the experience of deep water?  Consider a plunge pool.  These pools can be the centeripiece of a sublime backyard design without a sprawling area with which to work. Check out this gallery to see 34 amazing examples of these compact pools. 

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December 4: 30 snow-covered houses make us dream of a white Christmas

From Houzz

People that live in the Sunbelt won't quite understand the fascination, but there does seem to be something romantic about a snow covered swimming pool deck and steaming hot water in a swimming pool or hot tub.  This post from Houzz presents 30 such examples of this unique phenomenon, and will likely inspire someone in the Midwest or Eastern United States to keep their own swimming pool open this Winter!

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