Florida Village Uses Fish To Clean Pools

September 3, 2009

Florida (ChattahBox) – Officials in Wellington, Florida have come up with a unique way of keeping pools clean. Instead of spending thousands on maintenance, just leave the work to the fish!

According to Debra Mitchell, who is Wellington’s lead code compliance officer, the government was spending $7,000 per foreclosed house a year, and that was just trying to keep personal swimming pools clean.

Because the housing crisis has caused many to stop buying, and others to lose their homes, swimming pools are often left unattended. This can cause a great deal of problems, such as bacteria breeding in the pool. It also makes houses look less attractive.

But the cost for the local government was extreme. It was clear something needed to be done.

“Some of us got clever and decided to try the fish-eating…er algae eating fish,” Mitchell was quoted by NBC’s WPTV.

“We have dumped 15 pleco algae-eating fish in here to take care of the algae situation.”

When someone takes ownership of the house, they buy the fish as well. They can keep them, eat them, or release them back into the local rivers.

It is a much more eco-friendly way of handling the situation, not to mention a creative one.


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