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Water Saving ideas for your pool
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04-Apr-2019

5 Tips on saving swimming pool water

If you think that owning a pool will drain your bank account as well as increasing your water costs, then you’d be wrong. There are many ways you can save on your swimming pool water and improve the efficiency of your pool while reducing your carbon footprint too.

A well-maintained pool or spa uses less water per day than a short dose irrigating your lawn.

Here at Factory Pools Perth, we’ve come up with some tips to help you conserve your water and keep you swimming this summer.

1. Pool cover

Depending on its shape and size, your average uncovered pool can lose nearly two centimetres of water every week. Installing a pool cover will save you up to 50% of water loss caused by evaporation.

Pool covers also preserve water temperatures, and so reduce heating costs. Shade over the pool and windbreaks such as fences, trees and shrubs will further reduce evaporation. A 7mph wind on the surface of the pool can increase evaporation by 300%.

2. Regular maintenance

You’d never buy a car and neglect to service it. The same applies to a swimming pool, ensure that you carry out regular maintenance so that it’s in optimum condition. Maintain proper chemical levels. Keep your filter clean as this can reduce losing large amounts of water through backwashing.

The average backwash uses between 250 to 1,000 gallons of water, so backwash only when necessary. Recycle your water by running your backwash water onto lawns and shrubs.

3. Check for leaks

As well as regular maintenance, keep an eye out for any leakages. Look for cracks or gaps in the structure of your pool, check for any leaking pipes, valves or joiners, and any loose tiles. If you spot a persistent damp spot or puddle close to the pool, it could indicate leakage issues and if you find any damage repair it as swiftly as possible.

4. Water temperature

Water temperature plays a part in evaporation. The warmer the water, the quicker it evaporates, so to conserve your water longer, keep your pool temperatures cool. A cooler pool means a refreshing swim, especially when the Australian temperatures soar.

Cooling pumps which you can purchase at any swimming pool can lower pool temperatures by 15 degrees. A heat pump with a chiller will also allow you to cool your water down.

5. Design

Children have fun in pools, so it’s inevitable they’ll be lots of splashing, but smart drainage can prevent water loss. Make sure that splash troughs lead back into the pool.

You could ensure the area around the pool is on a slight angle so that water drains back, and don’t overfill your pool to minimise potential loss due to splashing.

The average household swimming pool holds between 20,000 and 60,000 litres of water, but it doesn’t have to consume too much. Here at Factory Pools Perth, we can offer advice on maintenance and care. All our pools are made of fibreglass, are manufactured locally and come with a lifetime structural warranty. You’ll be surprised at how affordable they are, so pick up the phone to find out more today.

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