Pool is a wonderful way to enjoy family time, but many people are concerned about energy and water consumption of a swimming pool. There are several ways to reduce the impact they have on our environment. With over 10,000,000 pools in the USA and more than 6,000,000 hot tubs, water conservation is vital. Here are some water saving tips every pool owner should know.
What factors affect the amount of water necessary to keep your pool full all year?
Make use of a pool cover
Using a pool cover in your swimming pool will decrease evaporation thereby reducing water loss. A pool cover will also reduce chemical and heating costs thus prevent night heat loss. Ensure your cover is well fitting so that you can reap all the benefits of using one.
Avoid overfilling the pool when filling it up
Ensure you plug the overflow line. This may sound really basic, but at times we may get distracted and forget all about it.
Reduce your swimming pool water temperature.
Warm water easily evaporates when compared to cooler water. This also helps in saving energy costs and water.
Clean your pool filter manually
Cleaning your filter manually is more thorough and makes use of less water than the normal backwash. In addition, even as backwashing is also convenient, ensure you do not backwash more than its necessary.
Fix any leaks.
Even the tiniest of leaks in your pool structure or equipment can cause a lot of damage. For instance, if a pool of 15 by 30 ft leaks an inch every day, in a year, there will be a total of 102,000 gallons of water wasted. If you realize that your pool is using more water than it should be, check whether there are leaks immediately.
Reducing the amount of water available in a pool helps in minimizing the water wasted when splashing by kids especially as they are horsing around or playing water volleyball in the swimming pool.
Ensure you maintain proper chemical levels and adequate circulation time
If you maintain the right chemical levels and allow enough circulation time, your pool will be clean, safe and will not need any refilling or draining to repair any chemical imbalances. You can learn more about pool care at pooluniversity.org. Sometimes, you have done all you can in maintaining the right balance of chemicals and pH but you wake in the morning only to realize that your pool water is cloudy or unsafe for swimming.
Switch off the spray device
If you clean your pool with an automatic cleaner, make sure you turn off the tile spray device. Just like a waterfall and fountain, the splashing increases evaporation.
You can replace your sand filters and DE filters with cartridge filters that do not need backwashing.
Swift off fountains and waterfalls that are not necessary
There is a lot of aeration which leads to excessive water loss due to easier evaporation.
Block off the wind
Wind barriers such as plants and fences can reduce evaporation and heat loss by preventing the wind from sweeping across the surface of the pool water.
Owning a pool is awesome, but it can be expensive to maintain. Pool owners spend 58% extra on water than those who do not own pools. The best thing you can do to conserve the environment and save money is to take some of the above steps in reducing water loss in your swimming pool. That way, you will enjoy all the benefits that come with owning a pool and much more!
Daniel Shir is the founder of Pool University. You can find articles on pool chemistry, pool care guides, pool equipment, reviews and buying guides, pool activities, pool safety, and many more.