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The History of Swimming Pools

Mon, Aug 24th, 2020

The History of Swimming Pools

Living in Southwest Florida, swimming pools have been a major part of our lives. It's where we learned to swim, have birthday parties and cool off on a hot summer day. Whether your parents had a pool in their backyard or you went to a community pool, it was always a great time.

But when you think about the history of things, swimming pools probably aren't at the top of your list. In this blog, we want to inform you of the long history of swimming pools, where they originated, and how they have advanced over time.

Where was the First Swimming Pool Constructed?

The first swimming pool, known then as a watering hole, was constructed as far back as 2600 B.C.E. Believe it or not, this pool wouldn't look that out of place in today's world. It was made of bricks and covered in plaster. It also had a terraced deck with landscaping! This was a well designed, elaborate bathing site in Pakistan, known as The Great Baths of Mohenjordaro. Most scholars are convinced Mohenjodaro didn't use this pool for leisurely swimming, but religious ceremonies instead.

Following The Great Baths of Mohenjodaro, more and more "swimming pools" surfaced throughout the world. Rome and Greece built swimming pools, separate from bathing pools, as part of elementary education. Even the first heated pool was used by Rome in the first century B.C.E. They used a furnace system to heat the pool.

Swimming Pool Popularity

Although the idea of swimming pools have been around for quite some time, their popularity didn't boom until the middle of the 19th century. London installed six indoor swimming pools with diving boards, and competitive swimming in the Olympics began in 1896. From there, swimming pools began to trend throughout the world.

By the 20th century, everyone knew someone with a swimming pool or had easy access to a community pool. A huge reason for the increased popularity in the 20th century was the advancements in pool technology. Before filtration systems and chlorination, the only way to clean your pool was to remove and replace all of the water.

Sweetwater Pool Service

It's always a benefit to know where you came from and how the industry you're passionate about originated. At Sweetwater Pool Service, we're thankful to have the opportunity to do what we do every day. We offer services such as pool cleaning and maintenance, pool heater/pool pump installation, maintenance and repair, pool automation, pool lighting and salt water systems.

For any of your any of your pool service needs, call Sweetwater Pool Service! Relax... We will do the work!

(239) 775-POOL (7665)

Source: ThoughtCo.