Swimming Pools and Drought Conservation

In case you’ve been wondering if a custom pool is a wise choice during the current water issues in our area, here is an excerpt from an article written referencing the California Pool and Spa Association, which illustrates the conservation effects of a pool vs. lawn:

According to the California Pool and Spa Association, an average pool in California requires about 32,000 gallons of water in its first year, and much less in following years. By comparison, a 1,200-square-foot lawn can use up to 44,000 gallons of water a year.

The difference, industry officials say, is not only the big thirst of grass, but also the amount of hardscape around a pool that doesn’t require water.

“We understand that water districts are under increased pressure to find ways to conserve water, but imposing a ban on filling or building pools is not the answer,” said John Norwood, president of the trade association. “We wanted to educate water districts about the fact that pools and spas do not waste water and can be as efficient as drought-friendly landscaping.”

The organization has launched a campaign, “Let’s Pool Together,” to not only promote pools as water-wise, but also encourage pool owners to be as efficient as possible during the drought. Officials urge residents to use pool covers as well as turn down the heat to limit evaporation.

Less splashing, too. That means no cannonballs.

Water agencies divided

Industry surveys suggest pools continue to be popular. The number of installations appears to have risen in 2014, though some say the size of new pools has gone down considerably. There are an estimated 1.2 million residential pools in the state, according to the California Pool and Spa Association.

Some water agencies have rolled back pool restrictions after hearing what industry representatives have had to say. The Santa Margarita Water District in Orange County, for example, did its own analysis and decided to lift its prohibition on fill-ups.

“You fill the pool once. Grass you water once a day or sometimes three times a week,” said Jonathan Volzke of the Southern California District.


Keep in mind, the current water issues will change, just as they have in the past when the situation has occurred.   Your custom swimming pool will last long afterwards and you will enjoy it for years to come.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help educate you!!


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