Conserving with Pool Covers

April 10, 2015 Written by: Nick Luisi

Did you know pool covers can significantly reduce the amount of water that evaporates from your pool? In fact, it can help to reduce it by up to 90 percent, according to a new video from the California Pool and Spa Association.

In the last Sunset Pools and Spas blog post, we talked about the importance of pool covers and how they can help with pool safety and cleanliness; however, we forgot to mention one essential point: the important role of pool covers in water conservation.

Water conservation is a hot topic right now, especially in states like California where drought and water shortage is a big concern. Some cities in the Bay Area have actually “stopped issuing permits to build new pools,” while other restrictions are preventing pool owners from filling their pools, reports NBC Bay Area.

Although Chicagoland pool owners and builders are not facing severe restrictions like those in California, it’s still important to be mindful of the amount of water we use each year and to prevent water waste to best of our ability. Pools require a lot of water – the Environmental Protection Agency says an Olympic-size swimming pool holds the same amount of water the average American residence uses over six-and-a-half-years – and there is no way to deny that.

In addition to using a pool cover, the California Pool and Spa Association also provides a few other suggestions that you can implement in your own backyard to help conserve water, such as checking your pool equipment for leaks, lowering the water level in your pool, and turning off waterfalls and fountains, especially when you aren’t using the pool.

If you are interested in learning more water-saving tips, view the California Pool and Spa Association’s “Let’s Pool Together” video. But lets not forget that pool covers not only conserve water but also help you save on your monthly water costs.