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Summer’s here, and you’re in the pool! On these sweltering hot days, there’s nothing as refreshing as splashing around with your friends in that cool, blue water. Did you ever wonder who invented the first swimming pools? Or how the water stays so clean? Now you’ll find out!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

poolThe first swimming pools were built by the Greeks and Romans, who used them for swimming, bathing, and pleasure. But for many years after the Greeks and Romans there weren’t any swimming pools. People swam only in natural bodies of water like rivers and lakes.

The first indoor pools in modern times appeared in the 1800s in Britain, followed quickly by swimming competitions. As swimming gained popularity, indoor swimming pools and above- and belowground outdoor pools were built across the US and Europe, especially in resorts and hotels. In the 1940s and '50s, backyard pools made their appearance, and people began adding them to their homes.

Today, pools — indoor and outdoor, large and small — exist in just about every country in the world. 

 

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