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Building a Pool helps Conserve Water Everybody has their own reasons to want to try and conserve water. It’s one great way to help the environment. So when times get tough and particularly whenever there is a drought, people immediately start to think of something like a swimming pool as a frivolous and wasteful use…
Everybody has their own reasons to want to try and conserve water. It’s one great way to help the environment. So when times get tough and particularly whenever there is a drought, people immediately start to think of something like a swimming pool as a frivolous and wasteful use of water. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Pools can actually help you conserve water.
Don’t believe us? Well a 1,000 square foot of lawn uses up to 600 gallons of water per day according to Stu Campbell, in his book The Home Water Supply, as quoted by Stanford Magazine. A pool, by comparison uses 300 gallons per day – multiplied by 365 days in a year that’s 109,500 gallons. These numbers get big very fast when we talk about how many pools there are in the ground. Over the course of a year, a single lawn uses up to 219,000 gallons.
Now obviously in the first year of owning a pool, you will have to fill it. That takes tons of water! How can a pool help conserve water compared to a lawn? Your average pool takes somewhere between 18 to 20,000 gallons to fill. So in the first year of owning a pool, you are still conserving 89,500 to 91,500 gallons of water. In the years that follow you will be saving up to roughly 109,500 gallons of water in a year. Here is a helpful resource to calculate the water usage for your lawn.
To get an idea of scale, let’s take a random region of the country that’s popular for inground swimming pools – Sacramento, CA. If the Sacramento region builds 1,200 pools in the area that would result in 107,400,000 gallons of water saved the year they were built, and 131,400,000 gallons the following year. Many pool contractors have been at the forefront of working towards water conservation and awareness. Running programs that will pay customers building new pools for every square foot of thirsty grass that is replaced by a pool. It’s a great incentive to build a pool. In the meantime, take a if you’re trying to calculate how much a pool will cost – it helps to factor in water conservation methods like a pool cover to prevent evaporation!