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Practical Ways to Prevent your Swimming Pool Losing Water

Written by titan / Posted on 18 May 2015

Practical Ways to Prevent your Swimming Pool Losing Water

Saving water and money though evaporation prevention

Everyone loves cooling off in a swimming pool on a hot summer’s day; it is one of life’s great pleasures. When the mercury hits red and it’s mid-summer in Perth, we all know how uncomfortable it can get.

Pools can be expensive to maintain, and often make use of excessive water. With clean water being one of life’s scarcer commodities, we often take our pools for granted, but with a few simple methods, you can drastically reduce the amount of water you use in your pool. Imagine if hundreds of thousands of pool owners across WA, and indeed the entire country, all made a few simple changes, the amount of water saved would be enormous.

Here are 5 methods to drastically decrease the amount of water you use in your pool.

Pool Covers1. Use a pool cover 

Research has shown that by using a pool cover, you can reduce water evaporation by 30% or more, which is a substantial amount, especially if taken over an entire year. Even better, if you use a solar cover, you can then heat your pool using solar energy and reduce your electricity bill.

2. Check for leaks and repair ASAP 

By performing regular maintenance on your pool, you will help prevent leaks occurring, and also identify them if they are present. Identifying these leaks early, allows you to repair them timeously. Leaks can often go undetected for a long time, resulting in large amounts of lost water, which may take you months to notice. If you do find a leak, fix it as soon as possible to avoid it deteriorating and leaking even further.

Even a small leak that lowers the water level by one or two centimetres a day in a 3m x 6m pool can waste up to 300 000 litres of water a year.

Pool Fountains3. Remove or deactivate unnecessary fountains and waterfalls

Everyone loves a good waterfall, fountain or other type water feature in a swimming pool. But is it really necessary? Aerated water evaporates faster, increasing your evaporation rate by quite a substantial amount, especially over time. Simply switching them off will save you a load of water over a year.

4. Reduce water temperature.

Many pools use heated water, making your pool more user-friendly in winter. The problem is that the higher the temperature of the water, the quicker it evaporates. Switch off that heater, and use a solar-powered cover when your pool is not in use. You can use the solar energy to heat your pool and the cover to save you water.

5. Splashing & drains

When kids are splashing around in your pool, you don’t want to ruin their fun by telling them not to. But there are a couple of ways to help reduce the water loss when they do. First, you can keep your pool water level low, you don’t need to fill your pool to the brim. Keeping water levels low helps reduce the amount of water lost to splashing.

Of course you can’t prevent total water loss, but by installing splash trough drains around your entire pool, and ensuring that water drains back into your pool you can reduce the amount of water lost though playing around, and entering and exiting the pool. Right kids, bombs away.

Pools are great fun and a great way to cool down in summer. By following the above, you can save an enormous amount of water – especially over time – it’s simple and cost effective, especially if you work out the savings over time. Be water wise.

Save our most precious commodity; enjoy your swimming pool but save water with some easy steps, contact us for more info.

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