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Saving Water: Your Swimming Pool During Drought Conditions

This year’s drought in California has brought renewed attention on swimming pools and spas. Santa Cruz County swimming pool

Many cities are creating tough water usage rules for swimming pools, or enforcing laws that are already on the books.

Given that a typical backyard pool holds between 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of the precious commodity, many people are looking at whether or not they can, or should, keep their pool filled during drought conditions. Some suggest frequenting community pools, but also point out that an Olympic-sized pool can hold more than 650,000 gallons.

Pools Use Less Water Than Lawns

Fortunately, you do not have to give up enjoying your pool, even during water shortages. In fact, according to the California Pool & Spa Association,

“…by the third year after installation, a backyard pool uses less water than a traditionally irrigated lawn would…”

Pool Covers Save Even More

One piece of swimming pool equipment may be just the answer! Investing in a pool cover reduces water evaporation and quickly pays for itself and reduces your “water footprint” even more. Pool covers come in a variety of styles, so you are sure to be able to find one that fits your household.

When evaluating the options in swimming pool covers, keep in mind your specific situation. If you have a family dog or small children you may want to have a hard cover for your swimming pool or spa. Consider an automatic pool cover if you think you won’t cover the pool manually or are concerned it will be too difficult for you to manage.

Solar Heating for Swimming Pools and Spas

In addition to saving water by reducing evaporation, a pool cover can reduce your heating costs, too. Some covers not only keep the heat in, but are part of a solar heating system for your pool or spa.

Before you decide to drain your pool, be sure to look into your other options.

Give us a call and we can help you discover ways to enjoy you hot tub, spa or pool for less, and keep you guilt-free, even in a drought. So kick back and relax.