1.The backup plan – the need to turn your pool into a home reservoir
Homeowners don’t always turn to pool water for domestic use as the chlorine content can make it unsuitable to use. Yes, you can stop chemical treatments but the pool quickly turns green and unsightly, and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The better solution is a pool cover or a Hi Temp Solid Pool Cover that allows for reduced chlorine input while maintaining water hygiene at a level that makes the water suitable for use in the kitchen and bathroom. The principle is quite simple. Algae thrives on light. If you block out the light with a dark-coloured pool cover, the algae dies off. Without the algae, chemical input can then be scaled back considerably. This effectively creates a water supply to fall back on. It may sound a bit rural but the situation is dire and we have to get creative!
2. Dancing in the rain – the need for rainfall harvesting and preservation
You may have already bought your gutter sleeves / PVC tubing, tanks and installed other rainwater harvesting methods and we hope some of that rain is going to be channeled into your pool. But once in the pool, you need to a) keep it there and b) keep it clean. It is a no brainer, to cover a pool to stop evaporation and, as per the tip above, you can then reduce the chlorine content without jeopardizing water quality.
It has been calculated that one millimeter of rain on one square meter of roof yields one litre of water. In one wet season, this is a vast amount of water from an entirely natural and free resource!
3.Think before you empty – the need to keep water in a pool
Abandoning a pool and letting it sit dry / empty for a long period may seem logical but in fact it is probably going to be a very expensive mistake. To maintain a pool pump it needs to be run and that requires a certain water level. Left out of service for long periods, components quickly degrade and will need replacing. Worse still, a dry pool’s surface can crack and in some cases the pool shell can lift out of the ground without the weight of the water to bed it down. Repairing cracks, re-painting and re-filling becomes incredibly costly when a pool is revived. Rather keep what water you do have in the pool and that, combined with rainwater harvesting, will avoid you having to empty the pool. See some of the pictures below of empty pools that didn’t fare well!
5.Charting murky waters – the need for treatment
If pool water is left stagnant and unfiltered, it’s an open invitation for mozzies and other garden life that should stay in the garden, not the pool. A pool cover maintains aesthetics and reduces the need for top ups.
As you can see, whichever way you look at it, the solutions always come back to one thing – pool covers – and it is a tough argument to challenge!
Don’t be fooled by cheap imitation material
Things like bubble shape, material thickness and UV stabilization are all really important when it comes to thermal pool covers. This is what makes the difference between a cover that lasts 7+ years and cheap packaging material that will disintegrate in 6 months and is likely to relocate next door in the first heavy wind! Always look for the ‘dog bone’ bubble shape or what we call GeoBubble to know you are buying the best quality. The drought is a long term issue so ensure that your pool cover will last in the long term too, rather than going cheap and not that cheerful
Tips for saving pool water
- Avoid boisterous swimming to reduce splashing. Discourage dogs from swimming too.
- Turn off any fountains and waterfalls. Water aeration increases evaporation and also cools the water.
- Never leave a heated pool uncovered. Warmer water evaporates more quickly.
- Fix pool leaks as soon as you notice them to avoid unnecessary water loss. Install a cover and, if you lose more than 2% of your water, you have a leak in your pool.
- If you don’t have a pool cover yet, drop us a line as we’d love to cover your pool!