As a pool owner, are you concerned about the amount of water getting wasted in your swimming pool?
Yes, having a pool in your home is a great way to enjoy family time. But, with many cities experiencing drought, it is only fair that we do our part to help conserve water in all possible ways.
While many individuals know how to conserve water during their day to day activities, like turning off the faucet while brushing and taking shorter showers, the concept of saving water in swimming pool is still vague for some.
As the owner of a swimming pool, your worst enemy when it comes to saving pool water is evaporation. In a single year, more than half of the water in your swimming pool can evaporate.
Therefore, most water conservation tips for pools are usually based on preventing or reducing evaporation. In addition, some simple fixes, like repairing or replacing a leaking pipe, can contribute to your water conservation efforts.
The tips we have listed here will not only help save your pool water, but can also save you some money during the process.
Cover Your Pool When Not in Use
Perhaps the easiest and efficient way to save water is to cover your pool when it’s not in use.
When left uncovered, especially during the nights, the average pool is known to lose one inch of water in a week. If this continues, you will lose more than half of your pool’s water over the course of a year.
By using a pool cover on a regular basis, you can reduce water evaporation by about 90%.
In addition to reducing evaporation, a solar cover or a safety cover will also help keep your pool water warm, thus saving the energy you would otherwise spend heating the water and the associated costs.
A pool cover also reduces the growth of algae in your pool and lowers the need to use more chemicals by 35% to 60%.
To attain maximum effectiveness, experts suggest that you replace your pool cover every three years.
Test For and Fix Leaks
Leaks can lead to the wastage of thousands of gallons of water in a single swimming pool in a year.
Test your pool every now and then for leaks, especially when you notice that it has been using more water than before. Here’s how you can check for leaks:
- Check the bond beam for gaps or cracks.
- Check for damp spots.
- Look for cracks or loose tiles.
- Look for drenched soil near the pool pumps, pool, or other pool equipments.
- Check for leaking joiners, pipes or valves.
If you find leaks, be sure to have them fixed immediately.
Reduce the Temperature
If you are using a pool heater, make it a habit of reducing the temperature during summer months.
This is especially important when the pool is not being used, and it reduces the loss of water due to evaporation.
And as already mentioned, the best solution is to use a pool cover.
Maintain Your Pool Properly
Clean your pool regularly with an automatic pool cleaner.
Get a pool cleaner that is designed to not send debris via the filtration system because this will lower the need for backwashing.
Also, replace any waning sand pool filter or other filtration system with a cartridge filter, as it is known to make operations simpler and thus reduce regular pool maintenance.
Proper pool maintenance also leaves you with cleaner and safer water, and prevents the need to drain your pool as frequently.
Do Not Drain Your Pool Unless Absolutely Necessary
If you are a pool owner who likes to kickoff each season with a thoroughly cleaned pool filled with completely fresh water, it’s time to change.
If you have been maintaining your pool properly, you do not have to drain it as often as you think.
Unless there is a problem with the water quality or there are repairs to be done that need the pool dry, do not drain the water.
A well-maintained pool can be used without draining for a good 3 to 5 years.
When you do drain your pool, use the waste water to water your landscape.
Do not add any chemicals to the water and let it sit open for two or three days before reusing.
In case you have already added chemicals, you will be able to find products that can neutralize the chemicals.
You can reuse the filter backwash as well. Either empty the water directly onto your landscape, or store the water to reuse later.
Keep the Water Level Low
Apart from following the procedures discussed above to conserve your pool water, keeping the water level low will also help prevent loss of water from splashing and other water games.
As it will be your family members and friends using the pool most of the time, explain to them the need to save water and make sure that they follow instructions.
With these easy water saving tips for your pool, you can enjoy your swimming pool, knowing you have the right water conservation techniques in place.