Pools and Spas
There's a big source of water consumption in your backyard—it's called a swimming pool. The average swimming pool holds between 20,000 and 60,000 litres of water. It may hold a lot of water, but it doesn’t need to consume very much.
By learning more about your pool or spa and the steps you can take and repairs you can make, there are a lot of effective way to reduce water wastage in the pool and spa. Here's how:
- Reduce evaporation by using a pool cover or liquid pool barrier; a good pool cover will not only reduce evaporation but also pool chemicals and salt use.
- Increase shade with a shade sail; this has the added benefit of protecting swimmers from harsh sun rays.
- Check for leaks; look for damp spots downstream of the pool, check for leaking pipes, valves and joiners, loose tiles or cracks could be an indicator of a leak. Contact your pool provider if you suspect a leak.
- Installing a rainwater tank is a great way to reduce the use of mains water in your swimming pool.
- Changing pool behavior, pools are designed for us to have fun, but there are ways that we can do this without wasting water. Concentrate on keeping water in the pool, discourage pool users from bombing and continually getting out and jumping back into the pool and drip dry on the top step so that water goes back into the pool.
- If you have a pool heater, try reducing the temperature during the summer, reducing water loss to evaporation.
- Backwash backwashing filters only when necessary, keeping the pool and filters clean to reduce the frequency of backwashing.
- Plant pool-area shrubs and use fences or privacy screening as barriers or to help reduce water loss from wind evaporation.
- Run the pump only as long as needed, start by running the pump for eight hours per day. If the pool stays clear, run the pump less often. If it starts to get cloudy, run it a bit more each day until it clears. You may find that different run times are required at different times of the year.
- Use a timer that's rated for the size of your pool pump. You can also save on operating costs by matching the size of the pump to the needs of your pool. When replacing the pump or the pump motor, get only the horsepower you need and look for a two-speed or variable-speed pump motor.