Moss helps pools stay clean

Time to fire the pool boy? Moss helps pools stay clean

BY Catey Hill
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Thursday, October 29th 2009, 10:32 AM

A man holds a handful of moss. Plymouth, Minn.-based Creative Water Solutions has developed a technology that uses sphagnum moss, which inhibits the growth of microbes, to clean water.

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A man holds a handful of moss. Plymouth, Minn.-based Creative Water Solutions has developed a technology that uses sphagnum moss, which inhibits the growth of microbes, to clean water.

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The stench, the burning in your eyes – these are some of the downsides of using chlorine to keep germs out of a pool.  But now there’s a new way: moss.  Yes, the same green, growing moss you find near and in lakes and bogs.

Plymouth, Minn.-based Creative Water Solutions has developed a technology that uses sphagnum moss, which inhibits the growth of microbes, to clean water, MSNBC discovered.  With the moss system, a pool needs about 50% less chlorine to keep its water clean.

“We kind of make a little mini-bog off of the pool where the water passes through very slowly, and the moss conditions it and enhances it,” said Lynn Waldorf, the aquatics director at the Oxford Community Center in St. Paul, Minn., which uses the moss-system to clean its pool.

The CEO of Creative Water Solutions, David Knighton, became interested in the anti-microbial properties of moss after reading about how World War I soldiers whose wounds were packed in moss had a higher survival rate than those who had their wounds wrapped with cotton.

“I knew from my years working with wound healing that it had to be anti-microbial,” Knighton said.

Creative Water Solutions has developed a treatment system for home water systems as well as for pools and spas.

So how does this moss system work?  The Creative Water Solutions Web site explains:

“Wherever a surface has moisture and bacteria, there’s biofilm. To survive and multiply, bacteria form colonies and create a protective shield, which we call biofilm. Over 99 percent of all bacteria in water systems live within biofilm. Only within the last decade have scientists begun to understand the connection between biofilm, bacterial growth and water conditioning. Moss is nature’s way to actively filter, condition and buffer water.”

Read futher details about the moss system from MSNBC here.

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