Water is a precious resource, especially here in the desert climate of Phoenix, AZ. It’s important that we all do our part in conserving water the best we can. Every year water is wasted from swimming pools that could be saved with a little bit of effort. Here are a few suggestions that can help you reduce water waste from your swimming pool.
Block the Overflow Pipe
Much of the water that is lost in swimming pools is due the splashing, especially when there are large groups of people swimming. By plugging the overflow pipe you can help prevent water loss from the pool. Having splash troughs is also a good idea but be sure the splash troughs drain back in the pool.
It only takes a 7mph wind to increase evaporation loss by 300 percent. To avoid this, build windbreaks like fences, walls, trees and shrubs around your pool. If using plants to create windbreaks, make sure they are low-water use plants and native to the climate if possible.
It’s hard to imagine using a pool cover in Arizona as most pool covers retain heat. However, some manufacturers make pool covers with reflective coating to help repeal sunlight and heat to actually keep your pool cooler. This will also help conserve your chlorine use as well as conserve water from evaporation. Pool covers can also add an extra measure of safety for kids and pets.
Upgrade Your Equipment
If your pool filter requires frequent backwashing, it might be time to invest in some better equipment. For example, cartridge filters can be taken apart and cleaned without the need for backwashing. If you are committed to a filter that requires backwashing, make sure you only backwash when necessary as indicated by a pressure gauge. Make sure you pump is energy-efficient and the proper size for circulating the water in your pool as well.
Platinum Pools highly encourages everyone to do their part in conserving water for the state of Arizona to make sure we have lasting water supplies for years to come. For more information about water conservation, please visit http://www.azwater.gov/azdwr/