Due to climate change, summers are getting hotter and droughts are happening more often. Conserving water is vital to help protect our environment, and save on your water bill as well. Pools are a wonderful place to relax and have fun, but they come with an environmental impact. Here are some recommended ways to conserve this precious resource while still enjoying your pool.
Invest in a Pool Cover
Save up to 95% of water loss from evaporation with a pool cover! When your pool water is exposed to the heat, wind and air, it evaporates. A pool cover acts as a protective barrier from these elements, stopping your water from disappearing. This means you don’t have to fill it up as often, saving water and protecting the environment.
Make sure your pool cover fits correctly and is the correct size to ensure that you are getting the best outcome for reducing evaporation. Need help? Ask the experts at Poolwerx.
Keep Your Pool Water Clean and Healthy
Chlorine and other chemicals degrade under UV light. When the UV light hits the water, your pool becomes unbalanced over time and requires more chemicals to keep it healthy. If the water in your pool is not tested frequently and not kept properly balanced, pollutants will grow and potentially damage your lining, requiring you to drain your pool to get this fixed with a replaster or acid wash. That’s why it’s important to maintain your pool and keep water chemistry balanced to eliminate the need to drain your pool, which will conserve water. Need some peace of mind? Stop by your local Poolwerx to get a free professional water test and know exactly what’s in your water, along with expert advice on how to keep your pool at its best.
Keep Your Pool Filter Clean
Keeping your filter clean is another way to conserve pool water. Keeping your filter clean is crucial so you won’t have to backwash it as often. The average backwash uses between 250–1,000 gallons of water, so you can see how less backwashing will save water. Using a chemical filter cleaner can help you keep your filter clean with less backwashing.
Have you been needing to backwash your filter more often lately? You could have deteriorating sand. Other signs that this may be happening would be if the pool water is visibly dirtier than usual, requires more chemicals to keep it clean, or if the pump needs to be run more frequently. This might mean that you need a sand change to introduce new sand to your filter.
If you want to save even more water and minimize filter maintenance, you can also consider installing the MultiCyclone Pre-Filter from Waterco. This is a pre-filtration device that filters the water before it reaches your filter. This device pre-filters up to 80% of the filter’s incoming dirt load and saves you up to 7,000 liters of water per year from reducing backwash/filter cleaning tasks.
Save water with a Cartridge Filter
Although they tend to be a bit more expensive at the outset than sand filters, cartridge filters are very effective and just as easy to maintain. Filter cartridges are energy efficient and inexpensive. When a cartridge filter needs to be cleaned, you simply take it apart by easily removing the cartridge from the tank and spray it down with a hose to remove debris and dirt. This creates much less water waste than the backwashing required of sand filters.
Take care of leaks and cracks
Even the smallest of pool leaks can cause the loss of thousands of gallons of water. Not to mention that the leak can expand and cause further damage to your pool. Is your pool losing a large amount of water every day? Call your local Poolwerx and our leak detection specialists can stop by and determine whether or not you have a leak.