Lazy Rivers are a feature that has been very popular at resorts and theme parks for many years. But until recently, a trip to those crowded public venues was the only way to relax on a raft or hang in an inner tube as the gently rolling water pushed you along. The concept was relaxing but the actual process was more like being stuck on a conveyor belt with a few thousand other people in search of a bit of tranquility that didn’t exist. But UNIQUE Custom Pools is able to offer you not only the relaxing concept of floating along a Lazy River with a cold drink and a smile but they are also able to bring that dream to a reality; right in your own backyard.
The secret to a successful Lazy River project is a commercial quality pump that is designed to constantly be moving an incredible amount of water. When thinking of the average residential pool, 12’ x 24’ and 5’ deep, that pool has a capacity of about 10,000 gallons of water. Now picture adding in a Lazy River which is 10’ wide and 120’ long and also 5’ deep. That adds roughly another 50,000 gallons of water. So we have 60,000 gallons of water that we want to continue to move enough to create the meandering motion of a Lazy River. The math is going to quickly get complex but you can be pretty certain that you want to float faster than the water moves in your pool when the cleaning system is running. So with 6 times the water you are looking at a pump that is more than 6 times bigger than your 1 horsepower cleaning pump. Now you have entered the realm of the commercial quality Riverflow Pump which can move upwards of 2450 gallons per minute with the 10 HP model. [Read more…]