As a pool owner, do you worry about water loss for financial and/or environmental reasons? This blog post will show you how to save water to save you money and help our environment.
These water conservation tips can really make a difference if used by pool owners across the globe. The next time you jump in that backyard pool, take a close look and make sure you have done your part to help conserve water.
USE A POOL COVER
Without a swimming pool cover, more than half the water in your pool can possibly evaporate in one year. Using a cover regularly reduces evaporation by 90 to 95%. Be sure your cover fits properly to maximize the benefit.
REPAIR ANY LEAKS
Leaks can cause over 100,000 gallons of water to be wasted in a single pool over the course of a year. If you notice your pool is using more water than it should check for leaks immediately.
LOWER THE POOL’S WATER LEVEL
Besides conserving water, keeping a lower water level in the pool helps reduce water loss from extreme splashing and boisterous water play.
REDUCE YOUR POOL TEMPERATURE
If you have a pool heater, try reducing the temperature during the summer. Doing so reduces the occurrence of water loss to evaporation, and is especially important when the pool isn’t being used.
BLOCK THE WIND
Wind barriers like plants, fences and similar can also cut evaporation and heat loss by keeping the wind from whipping across the surface.
BACKWASH POOL FILTERS ONLY WHEN NECESSARY
Keep the pool and filters clean to reduce the frequency of backwashing. Only backwash long enough for the water in the sight glass to run clean. Frequent backwashing can reduce the effectiveness of the filters.
REUSE WASTE POOL WATER ON LAWNS AND SHRUBS
Empty the filter backwash onto lawns and shrubs or collect it to reuse. Make sure your landscaping has absorbed the backwash before it leaves your property.
ADD SANITIZER IN THE EVENING
The sun quickens the dissipation of chlorine, making the evening the best time to add sanitizer to your pool. If the sanitizer is added automatically while the pump is on, run the pump at night for best efficiency.
SHUT OFF FOUNTAINS AND WATERFALLS
Sure, they look pretty and you love to hear the sound of running water. Strike a compromise. Only run pool fountains and waterfalls when you’re entertaining.
CHECK THE POOL PUMP
Run the pump only as long as needed. Start by running the pump for eight hours per day. If the pool stays clear, run the pump less often. Use a timer that’s rated for the size of your pool pump.
Get smart by learning more about your pool or spa and the preventative steps you can take and repairs you can make to help conserve water. Do your part to reduce and control water losses from pools and spas.