Controversial freshness

By Camille FratiLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

Between financial considerations, awareness of climate change and rising temperatures, swimming pools are multiplying – but will soon be under surveillance.

Just ten or twenty years ago, having a swimming pool was something of an exception and a certain luxury in the Grand Duchy. Jacqueline (name changed by the editors) remembers: "I had an indoor swimming pool installed in my house 23 years ago. At the time, not many people in Luxembourg had one. It was a little luxury that I allowed myself because I'd hurt my back and was advised to swim a lot. It was more practical to swim in my house rather than having to take the car – sometimes I even swam at 3 in the morning when I couldn't sleep. And I was protected from the heat outside."

Like most ground-level pools at the time, Jacqueline's was 10 metres long and 4 metres wide – an average size that has shrunk considerably today. "It was very pleasant for someone like me who likes to swim. And as the pool overlooked the garden, in winter I could see the snow outside while swimming."

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