@Dave: …yeah, but there’s an easy solution – don’t swim in that water. Swim somewhere else. Get a pool in your yard. Go to a community pool. Go to the effing ocean. This is completely wasteful and totally unnecessary.
i actually love to swim and to swim outside and not infront of a bunch of strangers or even people that i know- body issues and anxiety disorders- whatever- i can’t swim in lakes or rivers or oceans because i have such fears about what creatures may be in the water- we may be crazy but that doesn’t mean we are stupid- these floating pools would help greatly- just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean you have to belittle those who think it’s a great idea.
Actually this might not be that wasteful or silly. Say the water around was unsafe to swim in, people just didn’t want to (I would want to but I can easily accept others dont) or swimming was banned to protect the water (like several reservoirs). Then this becomes a lovely idea.
As the open water around has equal pressure to that enclosed so the pool walls could be very flexible and not self supporting. Hence they could require massively less resources to produce than a normal pool.
The chlorine issue is simple to overcome. Just don’t use chlorine sterilization. There are many other alternatives some of which are suitable for run off into lakes.
They might allow swimming in otherwise dangerous water. Hell, they could be rented to families for privacy or others for parties and the money could be used to pay a warden for the lake and area. This is nice and could be a god send for some areas where he water would otherwise be in danger of development.
It is not right for many situations but to dismiss it out of hand is very short sighted.
why would you put water on top of water? if theres water there, swim in it. so what if theres bacteria in the water, newsflash, theres bacteria everywhere. this is for spoiled brats who are afriad to get a little dirt on them and need chlorinated water all the time.
I have a house on a lake, and it used to be a really nice place to swim, but it’s turned over the years and now you really don’t want to go in it. There’s a few people on the lake with the pools like these, and they’re great! All we have to do is walk down onto the dock like we normally would, and we don’t have to worry about the water that’ll make us sick, the sea weed that’ll wrap around our ankles, or the sand and fishy bottom. It’s a GREAT idea!!!
Hey GUYS! This is NOT in the USA. This is in East Asia. They dont have yards, they dont have community pools. There is no “other” water that is safe to swim in. They have limited land resources but a lot of not very clean water. So, on what surface to you build a pool? On water. What if this was a tennis court on water? Would you pooh-pooh it still? Or do you dislike it simply because the building surface and the amenity is similar? The primary problem here is you are imposing your culture and environment on someone else who may not have the same culture or environment as you. Just think, there may be worlds beyond your own. I think its a great idea, and it must be because people are buying it. The point of business is to make money, to meet demand with supply; there is no one better at this than the East Asians. Hen Hao!
I dunno, I think this is a good idea. A friend of mine had a pond in his backyard (much like in the 3rd picture), it was cool to look at, and sorta fun to swim in… until you jumped in and your leg got smashed against a rock you didn’t see, or you stepped on something unpleasant.
These pools would let you keep the nice pond AND have a safe place to swim.
There are lots of pros and cons, but no one can dispute this may allow someone to add a large pool to their backyard without that taking away precious land. It is like expanding your lot size without additional the cost for the land neither property taxes. One may also mow the lawn without worrying about glass ckipings into the pool. Cons may be distrubance of the lake / ecosystem, etc. But… there are enough tree huggers out there so I am sure they’ll raise hell regardless.
I’ve seen those “waters” in Thailand… Its VERY dirty, but still, some people wash the chicken they are gonna eat in it, and on the next house, someone cleans his bike in it… i would definitely prefer the pool..
All this argument over water-in-water pointlessness and big bad ol’ capitalism … over swimming pools. Please, everyone get a grip.
Sure, it’d be more fiscally obvious to build an above-ground pool in your backyard (I’m not sure if Thailand has even that luxury) or to even go swimming in the bay/lake/body-of-water. However, these are obviously geared towards hotels and the hospitality industry, as well as people who are wealthy. When it’s all said and done, the fact remains: it’s their money, their responsibility, and their problem. If they want to swim in floating pools with chlorine and controlled water temperatures, they certainly can be allowed to do this. It’s a luxury item.
Aside from all of this nonsense, look at the concept here: it’s a completely modular, flexible system for pools that use existing water surfaces for placement. Whatever your views or opinions, is this not at the very least “interesting”? Hell, these probably use oxidation cleaning systems (instead of chlorine) and use the lake/bay/river water outside as the water source… just to persuade the Green-cult and environmental-nazis that it won’t upset Mother Earth’s temper.
This is a great idea to be evoltionized by using saltwater or freshwater as an alternative. For city law zoning which prohibits pools on properties that are too close to the water – or very polluted lakes, rivers etc… this is a fantastic start!
Ahhh, pollution, the last hope of the useless. I can only suppose that these pools are just chock full of chlorine…which we know is soooo beneficial! I’ll take me chances with the Piranha, gators, crocs and what have you. Now if they be saltwater pools, good on ‘em.
Swimming pools don’t necessarily need to use chlorine anymore, there are non-chemical alternatives.
The amount of chlorine in swimming pools is very weak anyway. It’s so weak that you need to keep adding it all the time because the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays make the chlorine in an outdoor pool dissipate very quickly.
Even if you dumped all the water from these pools into the lake they’re in, it wouldn’t have much effect. The already diluted chlorine in the pool water would be further diluted so quickly in such a large amount of water. And if there was any trace of detectable chlorine left, the sun’s UV rays would destroy it in about 24 hours.
I really like the idea of these, as that water the pools were built on/in was obviously filthy. Chlorine most likely wouldn’t even be a factor here, because a) the amount of chlorine spill-over would be negligible, and b) they would probably use salt water anyway, as it is a safer method of sterilization for the environment -and- the people swimming.
And, yes, if the pools were somewhere in the US or UK, I would probably have to agree with those who say this is wasteful. Thankfully, they’re not, so we can all chill.