On World Water Day, think ahead for summer savings.
World Water Day is on March 22 each year, right on the brink of the swimming season! Each year, it offers time to think about conserving water. Pool owners can take steps to conserve water to help the environment while at the same time, benefiting from saving money on water and electric bills.
The pHin experts share tips for saving water this pool season:
1. Cover Your Pool
Most pool owners cover their pools during the off season, but a pool cover can be handy for conserving water during peak pool season. Covering your pool when it’s not in use will prevent evaporation that decreases water levels and requires more frequent pool refills. It will also conserve pool heat, reduce algae growth, and keep debris out of the pool.
2. Check for Leaks
Regular leak checks on your pool will help you find issues that could cause water levels to get too low. When looking for leaks, keep an eye out for damp spots around the pool, cracks in the pool’s concrete, leaking pipes or valves, and saturated grass or soil. Staying on top of leak checks helps you stay aware of your pool status while stopping water drainage before it gets out of hand.
3. Heat Your Pool? Lower the Temperature
While it’s nice to dive into a heated pool (especially early in the season or in the fall), high water temperature can make pool water evaporate at a faster rate. If you use a pool heater, consider lowering the temperature when you’re not planning to use the pool or when outdoor temperatures are expected to rise — just turn it back up when you’re ready to jump in. Using the heater less will also reduce your overall electric bill!
4. Block the Wind
A fence and pool-side landscaping are important for safety and privacy and can enhance the ambiance of your backyard. These features can also help reduce the risk of water loss — Fences and landscaping elements act as a barrier between the wind and the pool to keep water from evaporating.
5. Only Drain When Necessary
Cleaning your pool regularly and maintaining proper water levels during the off season will reduce the amount of times you need to drain the pool. Your pool should only get fully drained once every few years. Rather than starting from scratch with an empty pool at the start of each season, regularly maintain your pool and the area. To drain your pool as little as possible, make sure you don’t overfill your pool. By keeping the water levels consistent, you won’t have to worry about water draining from splashing.
6. Keep Your Water Balanced
Keeping your water healthy can also conserve your water. Proper maintenance yields less equipment damage and fewer pool repairs. Use a smart monitor like pHin to keep your water balance on track. It can help you with your pool conservation goals by alerting you the second your water needs attention or temperatures get too high and provides chemical dosing instructions.
Gear up for World Water Day and start conserving water now with pHin!