Develop Water-Saving Practices for Your Pool
Our population today is rapidly increasing and that escalates the demand for water. However, there’s also one big source of water consumption and that’s right in your backyard. The swimming pool, consuming around 15,000 gallons, contributes to the increase in water consumption. The World Water Council is not requesting anyone to stop building pools or replace them with a vegetable garden, but there are water-saving practices you can do with your pool or spa. Know more about pools and spas and learn water-saving steps and repairs. Cut down and control water usage with these easy hacks:
1. The use of a pool cover.
The water in your swimming pool is prone to evaporation. Uncovered swimming pools can lose more than half of its water in a period of one year. For 18 feet by 36 feet pool, around 1 inch of water evaporates every week during summer. The regular use of pool cover can decrease evaporation up to 95%. Big difference! There are also other advantages in using a pool cover. It conserves heat, thus help you save money on heating costs. A pool cover mitigates algae growth. It also decreases the use of more chemicals into your pool.
2. Lowering the water level of the pool.
Aside from evaporation, extreme water splashing and vociferous water play can cause excessive water loss. Lowering the level of water in your pool can reduce the water loss. You can advise swimmers to avoid extreme activities and explain to them that water has to stay in the pool.
3. Checking for leaks.
The waterproofing of your pool might have problems or your pool could have cracks. Here are indications and ways to check your pool for leaks:
- There are damp spots at the downstream of your pool.
- A presence of water-saturated soil near your pool, its pumps or the pool’s plumbing equipment.
- Loose tiles or cracks in the pool.
- Check if there are leaking valves, pipes and connectors or joiners.
- Check the bond beam if there are gaps or cracks.
- Check for leak detection rules if your investigation results in a leak.
4. Lowering the pool’s temperature if it’s heated.
Some swimming pools or spas have a pool heater. During summer, it’s helpful when you reduce the temperature. It helps minimize water evaporation and thus reduce water loss. If the pool needs to be heated even when not in use, you can use a pool cover.
5. Applying sanitizer in the evening.
The rate of evaporation is lower in the evening, so if you plan to apply sanitizer, it is best to do it at this time. If the application requires to turn on the pump, it would be more efficient at night.
6. Shutting off fountains and waterfalls.
There is more water loss due to evaporation when aeration happens. You can save a lot of water from evaporating by shutting off fountains and waterfalls. They are pleasing to the eyes. But it would be beneficial to run them when there’s an occasion.
7. Having a strategic poolside landscape.
The wind can increase evaporation rate especially if your pool area is open. You can plant shrubs in your pool area. You can also install fences or other privacy screens to serve as barriers. These barriers can minimize the wind and decrease water loss.
8. Backwash Your pool filters when necessary.
If you think frequent backwashing is practical, think again. It does not only utilize a lot of water but also makes your filters ineffective in the long run. Instead, you just have to maintain the cleanliness of your pool and filters to minimize backwashing schedules.
9. Re-use dechlorinated or backwash waste pool water on
shrubs and lawns.
When you backwash your pool, you can collect the waste water to re-use or just empty it onto your lawn and water the shrubs. Keep in mind that the runoff shouldn’t reach the property line of your neighbor If you don’t have an agreement with them. In some areas, backwash water is not allowed to enter storm drains or the street so you have to check first with your city government.
10. Draining the pool or spa when necessary.
New season, new everything – Many pool owners want to start off each season with newly scrubbed-out pool. Imagine having general cleaning four times a year, at most. That’s like draining tons of water per year. Experts say that properly maintained pools should be drained every 3 to 7 years. Spas are a different story. In order to have a nice experience with spas, you need to drain water every 3 months. But if you use it more often, you should drain it as necessary.
11. Checking your pool pump.
Your pool pump doesn’t have to be turned on every hour of the day. It should only be run when it is needed. First, run your pool pump for 8 hours every day. When you see that the water remains clear, you can run your pump less frequently. This saves you energy. You can run the pump again if the pool water gets cloudy and keep it running until the water becomes clear. With this, you will notice that the pool pump has different run times within a year.
You also have to consider that the pump should match the size of your pool. The timer should be compatible with the size of your pool pump too. If you think you need to replace your pump or pump motor, just pick the horsepower you need. You can also consider a two-speed or variable speed pump motor.
12. Monitoring your water utility bills.
If you think that the change or sudden difference in your water utility bill is off, you have to check your facilities and conduct inspection.