Having a pool in your backyard adds so much enjoyment. Whether the intended use is health and exercise, parties with friends or for kids to splash and play, you will need to add water to your pool from time to time. Whether water escapes through evaporation or splashing, there are several steps you can take to help with water conservation in your pool or hot tub.
Here are some steps to help conserve water in your swimming pool:
- One of the best investments in pool accessories is a swimming pool cover. If you aren’t using a cover, you may lose up to half of your pool water in the course of a year through evaporation alone. If you don’t use a cover a swimming pool can lose up to an inch of water a week during the warm summer months – this equals close to 7,000 gallons a year! You pool cover also helps conserve heat and leads to a savings on heating costs and it can also reduce the need for additional chemical use.
- If your pool is leaking, it will obviously lead to water loss. How can you check for leaks? One simple “at home” test is the bucket test; fill a bucket with water, mark the water level in the bucket, place it next to your pool and measure whether the water in the bucket evaporates at the same rate as your pool does. Check for damp spots around the pool. If you have loose or cracked tiles, this could be the sign of a leaking pool. Checking for swimming pool leaks is a service that Ohio swimming pool contractors provide.
- You don’t need to have your pool full to overflowing. Keeping the water level about an inch above the bottom pool tile helps keep water in when swimmers are splashing around.
- Lower the temperature on your pool a degree or two – especially in the summer. If you reduce the temperature you lessen the evaporation rate.
- Backwash sparingly. When your swimming pool service contractor backwashes your filters, it uses extra water. Keeping the pool and filters clean eliminates the need for frequent backwashing.
- Add chlorine when the sun goes down. Adding chlorine during the daytime leads to the sun dissipates the chlorine.
- Landscape for water conservation. Strategic planting of trees, shrubbery and fencing or privacy barriers can cut down on evaporation caused by the wind. Keep in mind though that too many trees in the swimming pool vicinity can lead to leaves and twigs dropping into the water and that could lead to more cleaning and maintenance.