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A business in their backyard: Some Mass. residents are renting pools by the hour

Swimply has 43 pools “live” on its platform in Massachusetts, and another 170 are on a waitlist pending approval.

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Greg and Kelly Daniell posed by their backyard pool. This summer, the Chelmsford couple have started using the app Swimply to rent out their pool by the hour. Erin Clark/Globe staff

If you order an Uber, you’ll ride in someone else’s car, and if you book an Airbnb, you’ll sleep in someone else’s home. Now, with an app called Swimply, you can stay cool in other people’s pools, Anissa Gardizy reports for The Boston Globe.

Erin Moriarty, a teacher who lives in Waltham, heard about the swimming pool app when a friend asked her to download it so he could rent her backyard oasis for his wife’s upcoming birthday party. Moriarty decided to give it a try, but she didn’t expect the flood of interest in her backyard that followed.

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“I listed my pool on a Saturday, and when I woke up the next day, I had 10 bookings,” she said. “I’m surprised how many people know about the app.”

Swimply has 43 pools “live” on its platform in Massachusetts, and another 170 are on a waitlist pending approval.

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