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Award winning swimming pools

The American publication Pool and Spa News run a competition each year called the “Masters of Design”. Here are some photos of the latest winners of the award.

This stunning lake side infinity edge pool in Texas is our favourite

This pool is in New Brunswick, Canada

This pool is set in woodland in Texas

This pool is set on the edge of a lake in Texas

Booster Pump for Swimming Pool Cleaners

The majority of swimming pool cleaners either work of the suction created by the pool pump or as a stand alone cleaner powered by electricity. There is one other type of cleaner though, one that works off the return flow of water back to the swimming pool.

The choice to use a Return Flow pool cleaner is usually made at build stage of the pool because the cleaner usually plugs in to a socket built in to the wall of the pool with its own separate pipework. Back in the pool room there will be a booster pump to boost the return flow water and give the cleaner enough power to work.

Sooner or later the booster pump will fail and need to be replaced. This is quite a specialised pump and the market for them is quite small. The choices are limited but we think the best booster pump is the Blu Flo from Pentair. They make a 0.75HP version and a 1.5HP version. We are not sure why they bother with the 0.5HP version because it is not big enough. We sell the 1.5HP version. See it by clicking here


The Pentair Blu Flo Booster Pump for swimming pool cleaners

The Blu FLo comes with what Pentair call the Logic-Safe system. This protects the motor from overload or from running dry.

If you have any questions on this or any other type of pool pump call our experts on 0800 690 6288.

Swimming Pool Design Awards

The 2012 Swimming Pool “Masters of Design” Awards have been announced in America. The awards are split in to various categories and are only for pools in the United States. We thought you might like to see some photos of the pools. Some of them are not designed with sober European taste but they are all spectacular in their own way.

This pool is on the edge of Lake Michigan

Built in to a hillside with landscaping all around

This pool is a masterpiece of clever construction

This pool overlooks the Hollywood hills

Built in to the side of a mountain

This is a fibre glass pool

Water falls, water spouts and lights are the main feature of this pool

Maybe a bit over the top but an interesting design

What is worse than a bull in a china shop? – a bull in your swimming pool

If you had a china shop and a bull wandered in at least you could shoo it out through the door.

Pity this poor pool owner then who found an escaped bull in his swimming pool. The two year old bovine beast was trying to make the aquaintance of some cows in a neighbouring field when he escaped and in trying to avoid re-capture burst through a fence and ended up in the pool.

"I think I'll go for a china shop next time"

Cow being lifted out of swimming pool

"Oh, how undignified!"

The pool had to be drained and the bull lifted out by a forklift with help from the fire brigade. The bull was unharmed and the pool only suffered minor damage.