One of the most costly aspects of swimming pool ownership is the water. It’s costly when you first fill it and when you have to refill it because it’s evaporated and when water gets splashed out. How to save water in your swimming pool is a question the swimming pool contractors from Tipton Pools in Knoxville talk with their pool customers abour regularly.
Did you pause to consider how much water a pool would require on an ongoing basis? Not everyone does, but there are steps you can take to help conserve water, save money and still enjoy quality time in the pool!
How to save water in your swimming pool
In addition to saving money, conserving water is just an environmentally friendly practice to incorporate into your pool ownership.
- Use a pool cover. This is one of the single most important things you can do. A pool cover will slow the rate of evaporation and the surface of the pool is where you will lose up to half of the pool water through evaporation — in the course of one year! In the summer, if you don’t use a cover, your pool could lose close to 7,000 gallons of water a year!
- Make sure the pool isn’t leaking. A slow leak may go by unnoticed. Look around the pool for standing water. Do the “bucket test” to check for a slow leak. Fill a bucket with water, mark the water level in the bucket, place it on a step in the pool, mark the outside water level and make certain the water in the bucket evaporates at the same rate as the water in the pool. If not, there could be a leak.
- Keep the pool at the proper water levels. If there is too much water, it will splash out even more and you will have to fill it more often.
- If you heat the pool water, lower the temperature a degree or two. Chances are no one will notice, but the water will evaporate more slowly.
- Ask us how often the pool needs to be backwashed — a process that uses massive amounts of water — and cut back on the frequency if possible.
- Talk with us about ways in which to landscape around the swimming pool that can help slow the rate of water evaporation. Shrubbery, wind or privacy barriers and your pool fence can slow the rate of evaporation.
Enjoy your pool, but don’t pay unnecessarily for additional water! Talk with us for more water saving measures you can take this upcoming swim season.