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Extremely hot temperatures can take your breath away and leave you begging for relief. For most people, floating in a pool can only go so far. Water features can offer another welcome reprieve from hot, hazy days.
From simple, sheer descents to multiple swim-through waterfalls, these spectacular pool designs incorporate some kind of moving water. Did you know the sound of moving water has been proven to lower the heart rate? Yet another reason to incorporate a water feature in your next outdoor design.
Photo by Harold Leidner Landscape Architects
This pool has a custom water screen that allows TV and movies to be viewed from the pool and the terrace.
Systems with rear projection and a water screen package, such as Tsunami Waterscreens, start at around $7,600. And keep your environment in mind — if your backyard is windy, this type of water feature isn't the best bet.
Photo by Caviness Landscape Design, Inc.
Natural boulders integrated with a faux rock grotto give swimmers multiple areas for sitting and interacting with this pool. A variable-speed pump offers different water flow levels, from intense to soft. The Jandy ePump variable speed pump retails for around $2,000.
Who says water features have to be massive? I love the simple design of this feature (see left) and the calm spillover of water in the table leading to the pool.
Photo by The Garden Consultants, Inc.
This water feature complements the contemporary design and gives the homeowner a beautiful and serene focal point.
Photo by JM Lifestyles
This amazing water feature has a single large entrance to the grotto for swimmers. The creative use of lighting creates a fantastic ambience at night.
Photo by Landscape Techniques Inc.
Do you have a yard elevated above the home? Landscape designers love a yard like this! The topography allows for different levels of entertaining, such as with this water feature that connects the upper-level pool with a lower spa.
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A few quick facts about boric acid and sodium borates:
• Used as a pH buffer in swimming pools (against increases in pH)
• Helps to limit algae growth (acts as an algaestat)
• Lowers chlorine demand
• Additional benefits may include reduced corrosion
• Recommended dose