A Pool Owner's Guide to Water Conservation

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

Many Californians see water for the commodity that it is and have increasingly looked for new ways to conserve this natural resource. As we work to conserve California’s scarce water supply, new questions arise with regard to swimming pool management.

Swimming pools are enjoyed every day across the state of California, offering an escape from the heat and a place to relax with family and friends. An average swimming pool contain thousands of gallons of water and will require regular maintenance.

There are various steps that pool owners can take to limit their water usage, a few of which are listed below:

1. Take steps to fight evaporation: Pool owners should consider using a pool cover to limit evaporation of pool water. According to a study by the National Pool Industry Research Center (NPIRC), pool owners can save a considerable amount in water savings by covering their outdoor swimming pools. In fact, pool covers can reduce evaporation by up to 95%! In addition to using a pool cover, monitoring the temperature of the pool can mitigate evaporation as well as limiting aeration (the result of waterfalls, fountains, etc.).

2. Control water loss and check for leaks: Signs might include damp spots around the pool, leaking pipes, broken tiles and cracks, a higher utility and/or water bill, and a noticeable drop in water level.

3. Keep a lower water level: Maintaining a reasonable water level and not overfilling the pool can save water and reduce the amount of water loss due to splashing.

4. Keep the pool clean: Keeping a clean pool will reduce the need for backwashing and draining, both of which use high volumes of water. An in-floor pool cleaning system is an automatic, integrated cleaning system that is built into the bottom of the pool during the construction process. With this system, as water circulates through the filter, it removes the contaminants from the pool.

5. Water management. Monitoring the chemical balance of the pool water and checking for deposit buildup will help to avoid serious problems. Mismanagement of water may result in reparations later on, which may require draining the pool.

It is important to be conscious of water as an indispensable natural resource, and we should use consideration in using water. With proper measures and precautions in place, pool owners can limit water usage significantly and participate in making a positive contribution toward water conservation.

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