The design and installation of the circulation, filtration and chemical-treatment systems for the pools at St. Lucia's Jade Mountain was a task of monumental proportions and extreme technical, physical and logistical difficulty. The effort was spearheaded by watershaper/hydraulics expert Chris Barnes, who spent months on site installing precision systems engineered to provide years of nearly maintenance-free service.
This article, originally published in April 2007, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Safe and Secure
Those involved with ponds have a responsibility to see to the safety of the fish that inhabit them, notes Eric Triplett. That's why he devotes this pivotal video to defining the value of including hiding places that will keep fish from harm -- and shows how to build them, too. [more]
At the heart of almost every pool or spa is a pump driven by a motor of one type or another. As Steve Gutai reveals here, there are distinctions among those types you need to know to maximize a watershapes' energy efficiency and ensure its proper hydraulic performance. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#8: Poolside Pottery
If you want to make maintenance easy for homeowners, says Mike Farley, you need to think ahead and pay attention to key details from the planning stage forward. As discussed in this brief video, that includes some important matters having to do with humble potted plants. [more]
To a Healthier World
Evidence of the health-related benefits of watershapes of various kinds mounts up day by day, writes Jim McCloskey. That's a fact of which every watershaper can justly be proud -- and should think about communicating effectively to all potential watershape owners. [more]
The Enchanted Hill
The jewel of California's central coast, Hearst Castle is the most public of all 'private' residences. Its two pools may in fact be the best known on the planet -- but Skip Phillips urges visitors to take a look around and give the estate's other beautiful watershapes their due. [more]
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A Message to Inner-City Youth . . .
Celtics Forward Brandon Bass Takes Swimming Lessons at 28
The majority of pond builders rely on liners to create their bodies of water, noted Douglas Roth back in October 2003. But when it comes to creating high-quality naturalistic watershapes, he wrote, there's a better way. [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Three People Swim Together from Alcatraz to San Francisco . . . So?!
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. Three people - ages 17, 19 and 24 - made headlines by swimming together from Alcatraz to San Francisco. Many others have swum the treacherous, 1.25-mile course, so what was the big deal?
a. All three are autistic b. All three have Down syndrome c. All three are blind d. All three are missing a limb
2. A landlord in Richmond County, Ga., was sentenced to jail for failing to clean or fill in a neglected swimming pool on a property he owns. This came some two years after he was first advised to take care of the pool by Richmond County Mosquito Control. He received the maximum jail sentence possible. What was it?
a. 30 days b.60 days c. 90 days d. 120 days
3. One Canadian city plans to build the country's first chlorine-free, naturally filtered public swimming pool in 2014. The project is slated to cost $14.5 million (Canadian). Which city is it?
a. Vancouver b. Calgary c. Winnipeg d. Edmonton To find out how many you got right, click here.
WaterShapes World (blog)
A news story about a pair of community groups that are raising money to pay for restoration of an iconic Minneapolis fountain recently caught Jim McCloskey's eye -- and leads him to discuss a hopeful trend toward public intervention when municipalities can't seem to get the job done.