Spend time plan­ning to en­sure your pool suits the re­quire­ments of your site, fam­ily and bud­get

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TAKING THE PLUNGE -

De­cid­ing on the size, type and place­ment of your pool are the fun choices – get­ting con­sent and sat­is­fy­ing other re­quire­ments are of­ten chal­leng­ing.

Safe fenc­ing of a pool is a must. The fence can ei­ther only en­close the im­me­di­ate pool area or it can in­clude fa­cil­i­ties used in as­so­ci­a­tion with the pool, such as a chang­ing area and even a pa­tio. What­ever you do, en­sure the pool is child – and an­i­mal – safe.

In­ves­ti­gate op­tions such as a salt-water pool, new ap­proaches to fil­ter­ing that do away with the need for chlo­rine, and so­lar heat­ing, which would ex­tend the swim­ming sea­son.

Also look at how best you can min­imise water loss be­cause sav­ing water is im­por­tant for the environment, as well as your pocket.

Don’t be put off eas­ily – the swim­ming pool busi­ness is highly com­pet­i­tive and you should be able to find a com­pany that can look af­ter the aes­thet­ics, fi­nances and rules and reg­u­la­tions, and have you in the swim be­fore the end of sum­mer. – New Zealand Her­ald

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