Water - it's becoming a scarce resource in some areas. Swimming pool owners, pool builders and service companies have had to make some changes in the driest parts of the country.
But, there are ways to design a pool that saves water, or I should say, requires much less replacement water than other pool designs. Here's a list of ways to save water on inground pools.
- Use a Cover An automatic pool cover would be the best choice to control evaporation, but they can be expensive. Solar blankets, Solar Rings and Solar Fish are 3 additional ways. Winter pool covers can also be used, but take more time and effort to put on and take off. Even mesh covers provide some benefit.
- Block the Wind Install hedges, fences and walls to force winds to rise above your pool. When a cool breeze sweeps over your pool, it accelerates evaporation and heat loss.
- Use Shade Pools in the south and southwest areas have fewer trees and pools can receive 10-12 hours of sun per day. Use shade awnings, trees or shade sails to block the sun for part of the day, to reduce evaporation and chemical loss. Screen enclosures are also a good choice.
- Use Cartridge Filters Because you do not backwash a cartridge filter, they use 80% less water than sand or DE filters, which can use 300-600 gallons of water each time they are backwashed.
- Find & Fix Leaks do not bury your head in the sand that your pool may be leaking. Find and fix leaks by performing regular "Bucket Tests" to determine if the pool is losing water. Do this by uncovering your pool, and placing a bucket of water on the top step of the pool. Mark the water level in the pool and in the bucket with tape or marker. After 12-24 hours, if the pool level dropped more than the bucket level, there's a leak. Then you perform some leak detection to pinpoint the location.
- Small Pools A small pool requires less water than a large pool, right? It may not be surprising to see size limits on swimming pools in the future. Smaller inground pools are also much cheaper and easier to operate. Our inground pool kits start at 12x24' in size, but can be made smaller. Even our 10x50' lap pool is also considered small, holding about 15000 gallons.
Are there other things you can do? Probably, but a 'No Cannonballs' rule might not be popular!
Taking good care of your water chemistry and your pool surfaces will help avoid the need to drain the pool to replace the water or the liner.
Swimming pools do not have to be water hogs - intelligent design and conservation practices can reduce water consumption dramatically.
SPP Pool Expert