10 Water Saving Tips For Your Pool
When you own a pool, you know that it is always costing you money, running costs, upkeep etc., so it’s important to know ways that you can conserve the water in your pool – water is money after all.
Saving water is important, both for the environment and for your hip pocket, with this in mind, we have put together ten ways to help you save water in your best swimming pool.
- Repair any leaks – one of the fastest ways to lose water from your pool is via a leak, even a tiny leak can drain your pool pretty quickly which can result in litres and litres of lost water. Inspect your pool and equipment regularly for any signs of leaks. If you notice the level of your pool is frequently dropping, you need to determine whether this is a leak or evaporation. Signs of a leak can include – damp spots downstream of the pool, water saturated soil near the pool, pumps or pool plumbing equipment, leaking pipes, valves or joiners, or loose tiles they can be an indication of a crack. Keep an *eye* on your water bill, any sudden spikes in usage could be due to a water leak.
- Turn off any waterfalls or fountains when they aren’t being used – when you have guests over, it’s natural to want your pool looking it’s best – waterfalls, fountains, water features lighting etc., all look amazing, but when the pool isn’t being used (or you don’t have guests) turn it all off, it helps prevent evaporation and saves you power.
- Keep your water level a little lower – when your pool is being used and there is a lot of splashing going on, that’s all water going over the edges and out of your pool. You don’t want to stop having fun in your pool, so think about keeping the water level a few centimetres lower to prevent any excess spillage.
- Design your pool against evaporation – when the wind moves over the surface of your pool, it increases evaporation. If your pool set up allows placing shrubs or decking or other forms of landscaping around your pool, can help protect it from the wind. Not only that but, proper landscaping can make your pool look amazing, it gives it a great atmosphere and adds some privacy.
- Cover your pool – pool covers offer a few advantages, not only can they help protect your pool from evaporation, they help to keep your pool warmer, so you don’t need to heat it, it also minimises the growth of algae which means you use less chemicals. A pool cover also keeps out leaves and other dirt and debris, so your filter doesn’t get clogged, and you don’t have to spend time skimming leaves out of the pool.
- Treat your pool with the right chemicals – it only takes a little while where you don’t care for your pool correctly for problems to arise. Pay attention to the water in your pool and keep it properly balanced. Not only will this ensure that your pool is safe to use it will prevent any issues.
- If your pool is heated – lower the temperature – if you have a pool heater, during the summer months reduce the temperature, this will help prevent evaporation and is especially important if the pool isn’t being used – you are also wasting power. If you want to keep your pool warm, use a pool cover.
- Backwash your pool filters only when you need to – when you backwash you are using extra water, by keeping the filters and your pool clean you will reduce the frequency of backwashing. When you do backwash, only backwash long enough for the water in the sight glass to run clean. If you backwash too frequently, you can end up ruining and reducing the effectiveness of the filters.
- Add sanitisers/treatments in the evening – the sun quickens the dissipation of chlorine, so evenings are the best time to add it to your pool. If chlorine is added automatically while the pump is on, for best efficiency run the pump at night.
- Drain your pool only when necessary – some pool owners like to start off each new year with a pool that has been thoroughly scrubbed and filled with new water. If you have looked after you pool and maintained, it properly it probably doesn’t have to be drained as often as you might think. Most experts believe you only need to fully drain a pool every 3-7 years.