How to limit your pool and spa’s water consumption?
A 21 feet above ground pool contains 40,000 liters of water; an 18 x36 feet in ground pool contains 92,000 liters, and a 7×7 feet spa contains 1,200 liters. During summer, a pool or a spa can renew up until half of their water volume. This represents an enormous amount of used and wasted water each year. Here are a few tips to limit your water consumption when using your pool or spa:
Pool water consumption
1. Use a cartridge filter. Filters using a cartridge do not require back washes. The cartridge only needs to be cleaned occasionally which saves a lot of water compared to what is required to do a back wash once a week.
2. Be alert on how much water your pool is loosing. Verify the pool’s water levels and factor in normal evaporation, but if the water lost seems more important have your pool verified by professionals. Water leaks can come from filtration (pipes and hoses), from the canvas, from the concrete (for concrete-built pools) or from the fiberglass (for fiberglass built pools).
3. The pool is a refreshing tool and it should stay that way. Do not heat your pool to more than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The more you heat the pool, the more the water will evaporate and go to waste.
4. Use a solar canvas during the evenings. You then limit the contact of the water with the air and avoid loosing heat and causing evaporation.
5. Shut down your pool as late as possible in the fall and open it as soon as possible in the spring. This way the water will stay clean during the winter and will be transparent enough and almost ready for use the following season. No need for draining the water in the spring the water will be able to stay as is.
6. Perform water analysis regularly and monitor the chlorine levels. By maintaining the chemical parameters of the water, you will not get any algae during the summer and will not need to perform back washes.
7. Verify the filtration equipment’s performance. A filter head which is leaking can push water through the drain hose at the same time as towards the pool’s water returns. The filter’s head must be efficient and precise.
8. Seek information from your retailer about ecological and economical water cleaning systems.
9. Do not heat the pool during long absences from home. A non-heated pool means less water evaporated.
Spa water consumption
1. Leave the spa cover in place when you are not using it. The spa water is very hot and when the cover is not on, the water evaporates very quickly. The phenomenon is exacerbated when the outside air is getting colder.
2. Be alert to water leakages. The spa being well sealed by the cover, there should only be a little amount of wasted water per week. Make sure to have your spa repaired quickly if you think there is a maintenance issue with the piping.
3. Clean your spa cartridge regularly. By maintaining a clean cartridge, you can maintain a longer lap of time between each water drain.
4. Make sure to maintain your water chemically balanced, which will also push back the need for a water drain.
5. Seek information from your retailer about ecological and economical water cleaning systems.
6. During longer absences, leave your spa water between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This will minimize evaporation if the cover is not 100 per cent waterproof.
7. Replace your cover if it seems to be loosing its capacity for sealing.