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Keeping the Water in Your Pool

It’s hot, and the water in your pool may be evaporating. This is where water conservation comes into play during the heat of the summer.

Did you know a well maintained and cared for pool can conserve more water than watering a lawn of the same size! Yet, during the heat of summer, you want to conserve water in your pool to keep your water bills from skyrocketing.

Let’s look at keeping the water in your pool.

Reduce Evaporation

According to the City of Wichita, the average annual evaporation rate for Wichita, KS, is right around 5 feet. That computes out to 38.3 gallons a square foot of water loss per year. For an outdoor pool that is used only 4 to 5 months, the water loss is 23.2 gallons a square foot per year.

The result is that an average private pool can lose anywhere from 10,500 to over 20,000 gallons of water to evaporation alone. Keep in mind that pool covers can also reduce chemical use, curb algae growth, reduce blown-in debris and save on heating costs.

You can keep the water levels consistent with a few simple tips.

Easy Tips for Keeping the Water in Your Pool

  • Splashing is fun for kids, so lower the water level as much as possible to reduce the amount of water that can be splashed out. The more water lost to splashing, the more frequently you’ll need to refill your pool. Try to keep the water level one inch above the bottom of the tile.
  • When filling your pool, don’t forget to turn off the hose!
  • Use your pool cover when the pool isn’t being used. This reduces evaporation by almost 90%!
  • Lower the water temperature if you have a pool heater, especially when no one’s using it.
  • Use wind breaks such as fences and strategically-placed trees and bushes. When planting, plant native plants that can handle hot, dry weather. When selecting trees, be careful, don’t choose a tree that sheds. For instance, cottonwood and elm trees make pool maintenance harder.
  • Check for leaks. Repair them as quickly as possible. If you need help, call the Ultra Modern service department. Many times leaks require professional help.
  • Clean filters regularly.
  • Use an automatic pool cleaner that doesn’t send debris through the filtration system so as to reduce the need to backwash.
  • Vacuum and remove debris frequently from the pool so that the filter remains clean longer.
  • Rinse bathing suits out with clear water rather than washing with soap. Soap residue contributes to poor water quality.

Want more water conservation tips? Contact us or stop by one of our three locations for help and advice.

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