In addition to offering a view of turquoise water and an opportunity to play or relax on a sandy beach, the lagoons are suitable for swimming, paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
The first Crystal Lagoon was built in San Alfonso Del Mar in Chile 17 years ago. The first to be completed in the United States will be an eight-acre lagoon in Pasco County, Fla. Eleven more projects have been announced in the United States and 35 are under negotiation in nine states, including Michigan, New York, California, Georgia, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and Hawaii in addition to Florida. Crystal Lagoons is in talks with two developers in the Washington, D.C., area to introduce the concept to this region.
The Crystal Lagoon technology, officials say, can use almost any type of water, including fresh or saltwater, brackish water or well water. It uses 30 times less water than a typical 18-hole golf course and 50 percent less water than a park of similar size, according to the company. Disinfection pulses in the system allow the lagoon to use up to 100 times fewer chemicals than swimming pools and an ultrasonic filtration system allow it to use up to 50 times less energy than conventional filtration systems. The systems are mostly maintained mechanically.
In addition to residential community use, Crystal Lagoons can be installed in public parks and may have industrial applications. For information, visit www.crystal-lagoons.com.
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