Saving water is essential for our pockets and the planet, but does that mean giving up time in the pool?
Not necessarily. A few simple steps can help you conserve water, and save money, whatever type of pool you have.
To help you use your pool economically and responsibly, we’ve put together our top three ways to conserve pool water and save money.
Ways Your Pool Loses Water
Your pool loses water in three ways, leaks, evaporation and splash out. Understanding each of these can have a big impact on the amount of water you use and have a big reduction in waste.
Three Ways To Conserve Pool Water And Save Money
1. Prevent And Fix Leaks
Prevention is better than cure, our blog 6 things that may damage your pool has some handy hints that may help prevent leaks. But what can you do if you suspect there is a leak?
The first step is to check if your pool is leaking. To do this, take a grease pencil and mark the top of the water line. After 24 hours, check the level – if it’s a good amount lower, then chances are you have a leak.
Next, you need to find the leak. One of the easiest ways is to use leak finder dye. This specially formulated dye works by floating to and through the damaged area so it’s easy to see.
If you don’t have a dye, then it’s a case of carrying out a visual inspection. Look for any wet areas around the pool, and check the equipment pad in case any of the pipes or fittings have failed.
If you still can’t find the source of the leak, then contact a pool specialist to help.
2. Stop Evaporation
Did you know pool owners can lose up to 25,000 gallons of water every year because of evaporation? The big influences on this are pool size and climate, and here in NT, we need to be especially vigilant about water evaporation from our pools.
One of the simplest ways to prevent water vanishing (literally) into thin air is to invest in a pool cover. This can be a simple solar blanket or a super-swish automated cover. As well as reducing evaporation, you’ll benefit from less dirt and debris too.
As well as a pool cover, have a look at the landscaping around your pool. Alongside sun, wind can also have an impact on water loss. Carefully placed wind barriers or shrubs can mean less wind skimming across the surface, which means less evaporation.
3. Say No To Splash Out
Splash out is a natural consequence of many pool games and water features. Unfortunately, it’s a major reason for water loss. Encourage your family and friends to “splash in not out” and be mindful of water conservation. It’s worth taking a look at any water features too, to be sure that the pleasing splish of water is staying in the pool.
If you find that splash out seems impossible to regulate, then it might be worth taking a look at your water levels to see if they are too high.