Easy Water Conservation for Pool Owners
Have you seen the headlines out of California? The state is in a severe drought, and for the first time in the state’s history, the governor has mandated water rationing. And it doesn’t matter whether you live in California or elsewhere, water is expensive. So it goes without saying that you don’t want to waste a lot of water with your pool; after all, you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying your pool, not at work earning money to pay an exorbitant water bill.
So to help you out, the pool professionals at Pleasure Pools have compiled a list of simple tips to keep your pool from using and wasting too much water.
Maintain Your Pool Filter
One of the easiest ways you can keep your water clean, sparkling and enticingly swimmable is to keep your pool filter clean. A dirty pool filter is useless, whereas a clean one can reduce the number of contaminants in your water. Also, you don’t want to backwash your filter, either—this is a huge waste of chemicals as well as water.
Keep the conservation of chemicals in mind too—you don’t want to spend more money than you have to on chemicals, either. So avoid draining your pool and having to start over at all costs!
Make Sure There Are No Cracks or Leaks in Your Pool
It seems obvious: if your pool is cracked, it’ll leak water.
Before filling the pool you should check to make sure that there aren’t any cracks caused by wintertime ground freezing and expanding. You should definitely check the pipes and valves too, as well as your equipment pad, because leaks there can waste massive amounts of water.
Reduce the Temperature on Your Pool Heater
Water evaporates. There’s nothing you can do about that, it’s just a fact of science.
But what you can do is turn down the temperature on your pool heater during the summer so that the water won’t evaporate as quickly. You also might consider just getting rid of your pool heater if your pool is on the smaller side. Instead, you can easily keep the pool warmer by just covering it at nighttime.
Don’t Overfill Your Pool
Your pool should be filled up only to a certain level. If you fill it up too much, you’re wasting water right off the bat, and the water will certain disappear pretty quickly once people start jumping in and swimming in it. So when you’re re-filling your pool at the beginning of the season, make sure you fill it to the exact amount you’re supposed to, and not a drop more.
Also—remember to plug the overflow line when you’re using the pool and when you’re filling it, too. You want to water the pool, not the lawn and the plants.
Don’t Be Too Decadent with Your Pool Use
What could decadent pool use possibly be defined as?
This means that those fancy fountains and waterfalls should really only be turned on when the pool is in use. These features, though certainly gorgeous, waste a lot of water through aeration, which causes evaporation. Too much jumping in, splashing and doing cannonballs into the pool can cause a lot of water loss, too. We’re not trying to be a spoilsport, but it bears repeating!
Don’t Drain It If You Don’t Have To
Here it is, the big one!
If you keep your pool clean and well maintained, you shouldn’t have to drain it that often. In fact, depending on your location, amount of use and the quality of your upkeep, you could even keep the same water in your pool for up to three years. Of course there’s a good chance you might have to partially drain the pool, but usually full draining can be avoided if you do things right.
Think of all the water you’ll save by not refilling the pool every year! Certainly enough to save yourself some money, and definitely enough to prevent you from ending up like the state of California!