Water Saving Tips For Swimming Pool Holders

by Pool Builders on 07-20-2009 in Articles

The average domestic swimming pool holds somewhere between 22,000-60,000 liters of water.

This amount is usually a once-only fill quantity and from then on the pool needs only to be topped up from time to time. Savings can be made both in costs and water usage by limiting the frequency and water quantity used in topping up.

Keeping the pool properly filtered and chemically balanced are just two of the ways of ensuring against unnecessary emptying of the pool and frequent back washing. This will help save water.

Looking after the pool is really very simple. It is a combination of adequate filtration time and correct chemical treatment.

Adequate Filtration:

During the summer it is recommended that the filter should run for 8 to 10 hours a day and certainly whenever people are using the pool. While ever the filter is operating, the surface of the water will be skimmed off, removing things like leaves and dust before they sink. To remove the dust and dirt collected by the filter, the filter must be "back washed". This procedure reverses the water flow through the filter and flushes the dirt down the drain. Only continue back washing until the water in the sight glass provided, or at the drain point is clean and clear. This should take no more than one or two minutes. Excessive back washing can waste up to 2,000 liters of water.

Chemical Balance:

You don't have to be a scientist to correctly balance your pool. There are three basic rules to follow. Firstly, adjust the Total Alkalinity level. Secondly, adjust the pH and lastly, ensure the required amount of sanitizer is added either by manually dosing or via an automatic chlorination.

By continually maintaining correct water balance the need for emptying your pool and the subsequent topping up can save thousands of liters of water annually.

Correct Water Level:

Making sure the water level is only half way up the skimmer opening ensures the correct skimming action and also saves water. Do not overfill your pool. It reduces the effectiveness of the skimmer and wastes water.

Covering the Pool:

More and more pool owners are discovering the advantages of heating their pools. With water heated to a pleasant 25 degrees C, the pool can be enjoyed for another three months at least. To reduce evaporation and the subsequent need to top-up, a pool cover is a wise investment. Covers not only save water but help keep the pool clean and reduce the energy costs by reducing heat loss. The availability of rollers for covers makes it a quick and easy way of lowering costs and saving water.

Leaks:

Many pools in the Sydney area are now twenty or thirty years old and may be in need of attention. Make a point of thoroughly checking around the pool for any damp spots. Check the plumbing for leaks and valves or pipe joiners.

One drip per second can waste up to 7,000 liters of water per year. A steady dribble could waste hundreds of thousands of liters per year and add to your water bill.

Safety Saves Lives and Water:

Safety is one of the most important factors of Swimming Pool & Spa ownership, particularly where small children are concerned. Whenever groups of children are in the pool, "bombing" and "horseplay" can get out of hand so it is a good idea to make sure children are well supervised. By restricting this type of behavior you not only avoid accidents but prevent water loss due to excessive splashing.

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