6 Water Saving Tricks for Pool Owners
Annual water shortages and droughts seem to always coincide with pool season. You want to use water responsibly, but you aren't sure where your pool fits in.
In this blog, we give you the basics of conserving water as you use, maintain and improve your pool. Simply follow these six guidelines.
1. Create Wind Breaks to Shelter Your Pool
You cannot prevent all evaporation from your pool, but you can reduce it using wind breaks. A wind break is any structure that diverts breezes around your pool or yard. Common wind breaks include fences, hedges and unattached buildings.
Determine which direction the wind usually comes through your yard and place your windbreak on that side of the pool. If you decide to use an organic wind break, like bushes, choose a native plant that won't increase your water usage by much.
2. Heat Your Pool Only When You Are Using It
Warm water evaporates more quickly than water at a lower temperature. For this reason, you should only heat your pool when you plan to use it immediately. Once you finish swimming, reduce the pool temperature to prevent excess evaporation.
You may also want to cover the pool right after use, as we'll discuss in the next section.
3. Keep Your Pool Covered When Not in Use
Pool covers do more than keep debris out of the water. Covers also help maintain pool temperature while reducing evaporation.
For best results, choose a cover that fits your pool exactly. Your pool contractor can help you find a standard or custom cover that performs most effectively.
4. Maintain the Correct Water Level
To make your pool more water and energy efficient, maintain the correct water level. Low water forces your pool pump and other systems to work harder to keep the pool clean and chemically balanced. This system stress can cause your pool systems to use more energy than they would at the correct water level.
When you need to add more water to your pool, resist the temptation to overfill. When your water level becomes too high, it decreases the efficiency of your skimmer and wastes water you wouldn't have used otherwise.
If you notice dramatic and unexpected changes in water level, you likely have a leak. Have a professional detect and patch the leak as soon as possible to prevent wasted water over time.
5. Reuse Any Backwashed Water for Landscaping
When you must de-chlorinate or backwash your pool, don't just throw out the wastewater. Instead, use it. Backwashed water can usually be used to water your grass, garden or landscaping.
If you have a water treatment setup, you may even have the option of reusing backwashed water for drinking, cleaning or even pool water.
6. Use Your Pool Pump Wisely
You need your pool pump to correctly maintain your pool. But you don't need to run it continuously. When you start trying to conserve water, run your pool pump for eight hours every day. Then start to reduce running time. Use your pump as infrequently as you can without compromising the functionality of your pool.
Additionally, have your pool pump inspected at least once a year by a pool contractor. This maintenance heads off any leaks, inefficiencies or failures that could waste water in the future.
For recommendations based on your specific climate, usage and pool type, talk to your trusted pool contractor. Some maintenance tasks and upkeep changes make a bigger impact than others and your pool contractor can help you determine the best steps for you to take.
Use these conservation tricks to use less water and enjoy your pool more regardless of season.
For more information about pool upkeep and ownership, browse our blog section.