You can save precious water with a few simple steps… around your pool
In a severe drought you may be restricted from adding any water to your swimming pool, backwashing, etc. This may effectively shutdown your pool for the year. The bad news is the swimming season is over. Consult your pool specialist before removing water from your pool, as some pools require a certain amount of water to maintain structural integrity. The good news is that you can use the water in your pool to water your plants! Allow the chlorine level in your pool to drop to a level that won’t damage your plants. Use a siphon hose or buckets to distribute water across you landscape. Keep using your pool cover to prevent evaporation.
Often not much thought is given to all the water we use in our pools. The above tips will help you reduce your pool water consumption (although it may be difficult to persuade the children and some adults to refrain from water fights and diving!). In South Africa, particularly in the Lowveld, we are lucky to be able to use our poo ls all year round. Evaporation during our summer months can be quite high. High evaporation in conjunction with regular backwashing consumes a substantial amount of water; backwashing being by far the major culprit – up to around 3000 litres per backwash according to the article above (this figure sounds excessive but is a definite possibility with an Olympic-sized pool). An ingenious yet simple way of recycling pool backwash water has been devised by Water Rhapsody. Water Rhapsody’s Poolside Tank (see product demo, click on ‘The Water Rhapsody Poolside Tank’) will eliminate most of the water wastage associated with maintaining your pool, allowing you to continue using it without changing too many other pool habits (the odd water fight can still be permitted!). This pool water recycling system prevents unwanted water from entering storm water drains and sewers and protects the environment by containing potentially toxic pool chemicals. On top of all this, you’ll save on your water bills too.