If there’s anything that isn’t in short supply in West Palm Beach – or South Florida for that matter – it’s swimming pools.
The demand for these recreational luxuries makes the construction and servicing of in-ground and above-ground pools a lucrative but competitive enterprise. But one way to get a leg up on the competition is by operating a green swimming pool business.
What exactly is a green swimming pool? There are basically two kinds:
Natural swimming pools use gravel stone and clay instead of concrete or fiberglass, as well as aquatic plants instead of harmful chemicals and complicated mechanical filtering systems.
The plants enrich the pool with oxygen, which supports beneficial bacteria that consume debris and potentially harmful organisms.
Natural swimming pools are relatively inexpensive to construct – as little as $2000 compared to conventional pools which can cost tens of thousands of dollars – require no harmful chemicals, and require little management.
Eco-friendly cement pools are more conventional, in-ground pools that minimize or eliminate the use of chemicals. Instead of chlorine, they use a salt sterilization system.
They also minimize the energy used for pumping and heating with more efficient equipment and an energy-efficient LED lighting system. These pools can also be solar-heated to conserve more energy.
Currently, there are only a handful of green swimming pool companies in South Florida. Entrepreneurs looking to offer an environmentally responsible service and take advantage of a potential growth opportunity might want to consider taking the plunge.
For more information on starting an eco-friendly swimming pool business, visit www.businessforgreen.com/naturally-green-swimming-pools/.
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featured in the examiner.com and written by Robert Stricklin