As a pool owner, do your state or municipal water conservation guidelines sometimes practically make you feel like a fugitive in your own yard? Rather than endure the ire of local water conservation enthusiasts, you can be a trendsetter for other pool owners with these helpful water conservation tips for your pool!
While it’s true that swimming pools tend to waste water, you can take some practical steps to lose as little water as possible while still enjoying your backyard oasis. In this two-part series, we’ll share some ideas for reducing the amount of water required by your swimming pool.
Cut Down on your Pool Backwashes
Backwashing your pool is important, but sometimes pool owners go overboard with the number of times they backwash their pool each month. A weekly backwash could be too often and end up wasting precious pool water. You can safely cut back on the number of times you backwash your pool if you simply use your pool’s pressure gauge as a signal to tell you when this routine needs to be performed. When the pressure gets to around 9 or 10 pounds above the clean pressure, you’ll know that it’s time to backwash your pool.
If you want to cut down considerably on the number of backwashes which your pool needs, do a mini-backwash for just 10 seconds periodically between backwashes. You can also try adding a sand filter cleaner. When you do have to perform a full backwash, just do it for around three minutes at the maximum. DE filter backwashes can be only a minute and a half, followed by 15 seconds of filter use, followed by another minute and a half of backwash.
Consider Installing a Cartridge Filter
With a cartridge filter, you’ll effectively eliminate the need to backwash. Over time, the initial expense of the cartridge filter can save you plenty of water. Each typical pool backwash ends up using about 500 gallons of water. With a cartridge filter, you’ll just take the filter out and clean it using a hose. The water needed for this process is a mere 50 gallons. That’s a huge difference. Large cartridge filters may not even need to be cleaned until the end of the swimming season. Talk about water conservation!
Cover Your Pool When You’re Not Using It
Leaving your pool uncovered out in the hot sun is one of the worst things you can do when it comes to water conservation. Instead, smart and savvy pool owners cover their pools when they’re not in use. This small step works wonders for cutting down on water evaporation. You can use a mesh safety cover or a solar blanket to help keep your pool water warm and keep the water from evaporating away. If you think you’re likely to forget about covering your pool or neglect doing so because you feel like it’s a hassle, consider investing in an automatic cover. Once you get into the habit, putting the automatic cover back on your pool will become like second nature.
Reducing your pool’s water use is good for the planet as well as for your wallet. In the next article of this series, we’ll take a look at several more ways you can cut back on the amount of water it takes to keep your pool open in the summertime.
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