California has faced a record-breaking drought over the last four years, and meteorological experts are claiming that things could still get worse. In response to this, California Governor Jerry Brown has issued mandatory cutbacks in urban and residential water use.
Fortunately for those looking to install a custom pool in their home, all is not lost. After all, the amount of water used to fill a swimming pool is considerably less than the amount of water it would have taken to water a lawn—and that’s with the rotating watering schedule. According to researchers from Stanford University, a lawn requires 0.6 gallons of water per square foot each day. Swimming pools, on the other hand, only require 0.3 gallons per day.
If you decide to have a pool added to your backyard, be sure to work with a custom pool designer. An experienced pool designer like Dave Thompson of Temecula Valley Custom Pools, Inc. can help you come up with a custom pool that conserves water.
Of course, there are certain things you can do to help conserve water in the midst of this four-year drought. Some steps you should take include:
Cover the Pool
A large amount of pool water is lost to evaporation. The best way to counter this would be to reduce the amount of time pool water is exposed to the sun. Consider having your pool designer add a cover for when the pool isn’t being used. Not only will this help minimize evaporation, but it should also make pool maintenance an easier task as you won’t have to fish out leaves, twigs, and other debris. You may also want to ask about a special pool chemical that significantly slows down the evaporation process.
Add a Water Pump
It’s only natural for water to be displaced when you enter your swimming pool. This overflow, however, can easily waste a large amount of water. In such cases, adding a belowground water pump to your swimming pool would be a wise investment. This pump collects any water that escapes your pool and pumps it right back into your pool. This system is usually used in infinity pools and the like.
Do not hesitate to ask your pool designer for other ways to help your swimming pool conserve more water. If you express this goal outright, a pool designer can easily adjust the design of your custom pool to prioritize water conservation.