Ku-ring-gai Council in NSW, Australia, is supporting pool owners wishing to convert their swimming pools to ponds. And several companies make ponds across Australia.
By using plants instead of chemicals to clean the water a pond can provide both a place safe to swim in and to expand the house garden.
Ponds reduce the use of energy as well as they need less pumping of the water to achieve the level of cleanliness needed for swimming.
By monitoring water quality in the ponds in the council's area, providing data and planting guidelines the NSW Ku-ring-gai Council is helping people turn their pools to ponds or to build ponds instead of pools. This is leadership that increases local plant diversity, lowers household bills, and reduces the chemicals being pumped into local waterways and sewer pipes.