Natural Swimming Pools LLC: Arizona's 1st Natural Pool Company

Zach Balbnini - Owner Natural Swimming Pools LLCHello, my name is Zach Balbini, owner of Natural Swimming Pools LLC. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and the backyard pool was where I spent most of my summer days growing up. However, I also had asthma, allergies, ear, nose, and throat infections, dry eyes, and more that were made worse by long-term exposure to harsh pool chemicals and improper water balance.

Today, I am a father and an environmentalist who wants to naturally purify our water and reduce our chemical dependence in the pools that we build. We are Arizona’s 1st natural pool company and we provide a chemical-free solution to pool building.

As Regional Manager of a swim school for many years, I not only worked in the water but constantly on the equipment and technology of our chemically treated pools. I saw the large volume of chemicals we used on a daily basis and I did everything I could to reduce the amount of chlorine our swim schools needed to keep the water clear. Over $100,000 was spent on state-of-the-art technologies such as UV, ozone, oxygen, and all kinds of automation systems and sensors to reduce chlorine and chemicals. The equipment worked well, but the thousands of dollars of on-going maintenance costs didn't justify the small amount we saved on chemicals. Ultimately, as happens with many commercial facilities, the equipment was taken out and simply more chemicals were added to treat the water.

Chemical Free Swimming Pools

Natural Swimming Pools LLC (NSP) offers a sustainable solution for chemical-free swimming in every environment from the frozen lakes of Minnesota to the sunny Arizona desert. Families who suffer from harsh chemicals and high monthly pool maintenance bills can now choose an organic pool filtration option that naturally purifies water.
Our first natural pool in Arizona was completed in late 2020 and it thrived in our desert climate in its first year! The water is crystal clear year-round with no algae in the pool.

Chlorine Free Pool

Pools In The Desert

NSP can design and build a custom, luxury natural swimming pool or convert your existing pool with the addition of a BioNova BF4 biofilm filter. Natural Swimming Pools LLC chose to kick-start our project in 2020 in one of the hottest environments known to bio pools Phoenix, Arizona.
The American Southwest has some of the world’s harshest deserts. Arizona is the only place that has all four North American deserts in one state. If a natural swimming pool can survive here, it can survive anywhere.
That is why we have chosen to start our project in the heart of Arizona to provide an environmentally friendly swimming pool for every family in America. We have built a showcase pool in Phoenix, AZ that is available for tours and swimming in the west valley near the I-17 and Northern. Contact us today for a showing!

Mastered by Nature

Natural swimming pools use a biofilm filter to control algae and clean the water. Called a BioPool® or a LivingPool™, the design has the look and feel of a traditional swimming pool. There are no chemicals or other devices, such as UV, ozone generators, ionizers, or salt systems, used to disinfect or sterilize the pool water.
  • All clarifying and purifying of the pool water is performed entirely by natural biological processes.
  • The NSP is designed, engineered, permitted, and constructed in conformance with applicable guidelines for a swimming pool.
  • NSPs are capable of maintaining crystal clear water without any chlorine, chemicals, or the traditionally high costs and maintenance associated with pool ownership.

Bio Filter Pool

Then Why Aren’t NSPs More Popular?

Well, they ARE popular… in Europe. Here in the United States, our pool water education is focused on chemicals used to exterminate contaminants and microscopic organisms in an “unnatural” pool environment.
However, even in inorganic chemically-treated pools, bacteria and algae still exist in the water. NSPs use those “contaminants” instead as nutrients in a more complex ecosystem that naturally purifies the water making it safe and healthy for our bodies.

BioNova® History 101: The Complete Story

BioNova® North America owes its start to Gerhard Brandlmeier, an Austrian landscape contractor who started building swimming ponds in 1985. Brandlmeier began using the name BioNova® for his swimming ponds and grew his business building scores of residential NSPs. His greatest work was building the first world’s first public natural swimming pool in Herzogsdorf, Austria, in 1990.

Moving Forward

The BioNova® name was carried on by Brandlmeier's pupil, Rainer Grafinger, who continued building with great success in southern Germany. The first public NSP in Germany was built near Munich. Fast forward to 2010, and Grafinger designed and installed his 100th NSP in Germany!
Let's rewind a bit to the early 2000s in the USA. James and Hae-Sun Robyn, pool company owners in New Jersey, had clients with a growing interest in natural-looking swimming pools that didn't require chemicals. This interest led them to investigate the amazing builds the Austrians and Germans had been using for almost 20 years. This newly discovered knowledge, coupled with James and Hae-Sun's German-based education and upbringing, respectively led them to Germany to learn more about what made NSPs so successful abroad.

Introducing the Future of NSPs to the States

As a result of that meeting, James and HaeSun formed Robyn's Natural Pools Inc., and the BioNova® name was purchased for use in the USA and Canada. The NSP business in North America was born!
Since then, the Robyns and other members of the BioNova® team have made dozens of trips across Europe to review and analyze the major firms' best technologies. At home in North America, BioNova® has adopted, refined, and improved European technologies to offer the latest, state-of-the-art NSP systems. In 2010, the first residential NSPs in North America were implemented, and business has been growing ever since.

BioNova® Leading America’s Change to Sustainable Swimming Pools!

We Love the Phrase 'First One Into the Pool'! BioNova® North America Has Many Firsts:
  • BioNova® is the first company to build an NSP in the USA and Canada.
  • BioNova® is the first to have NSP dealers in North America (since 2007) and continues to have more dealers than all other NSP companies combined.
  • BioNova® is the leading NSP company in North America and the first to have successful NSP installations in climates from California to Connecticut and Toronto to Texas.

BioNova® Also Leads the NSP Industry in Other Ways:

  • BioNova® is the largest/oldest Natural Swimming Pool (NSP) and swim pond provider in North America.
  • BioNova® is wholly American-owned and operated.
  • BioNova® has completed more NSP installations in North America than all other NSP companies combined.
  • BioNova® expertise was used for the design and installation of the first Public NSP in North America at Webber Park in Minneapolis, MN.
  • BioNova® is the only NSP company to exhibit at the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, and International Pool Spa and Patio annual trade shows. BioNova® came to prominence in 2015 with the formation of the US-based Association for Swimming Ponds and Swimming Pools (the ASPNSP).
  • The ASPNSP was admitted the following year as a member of the International Organization for Natural Bathing Water (IOB). In 2017, James Robyn-CEO of BioNova® North America-was elected to the Board of Directors of the IOB.
  • In 2018, BioNova® North America added Allen Schnaak as its Vice President of Business Development supporting sales, marketing, new dealer acquisition and fosters great relationships with his insights and attitude!
  • Since 2008, BioNova® has been adding dealers in the USA and Canada. BioNova® dealers are all trained in the USA and all North American installations are certified by the HQ in New Jersey to be in conformance with our quality process.

Get Started With a Natural Pool Company Today

Well, there you have it. Look no further, because your search for "the best pool remodeling companies" is now over! You now know where to find the best swimming pool renovation company for your project, no matter how big or small.
Our natural swimming pool designers are here to help! Customized moving water features, total habitat design with aquatic plants, solar heating; all is possible and you don't have to use chemicals at all! We are also environmentally friendly, paying special attention to local wildlife when building a custom plant regeneration zone.
Download our free e-book or reach out to us and we will start planning a customized swimming area within your budget!

Our Onboarding Process

We use our PreConstruction Planning Agreement (PCPA) to start the planning process for your NSP. The PCPA will provide construction details and everything else needed to finalize the plans on the NSP. After that, pool building permits are finished we can mobilize our team to start construction.
Contact our natural pool company today for a definitive guide with more information on natural pool building or request a PCPA today by calling us at (602) 565-6313!


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