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I would love to build a swimming pond at our home in Wisconsin. We are suburban, albeit on a large lot, one acre in size. How far away from a house should a swimming pond be? Can I connect it to our existing rain garden?
 
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Hi Julia,
you can have you Natural Swimming Pool anywhere. Some are even built right up to the back door.
Have a look at Bill's pool. He came on one of my courses and went off to build this in his garden.

http://www.organicpools.co.uk/bill.htm

You could build it next to your existing rain garden but in order to minimise the possibility of nutrients being introduced into the pool water (nutrients=algae) it would best best not to have them hydraulically connected. However this can easily be achieved without seeing the pool edge by covering the join with gravel.
 
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Thanks, that's a lovely pool Bill has! Nutrient runoff is going to be an issue, since my whole back yard slopes down to the back of my house.
 
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Hi Julia,
that is a very good point you bring up. The pool edges have to be constructed to prevent nutrient rich surface run-off from the surroundings entering the pool.
 
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