Greener Swimming Pools

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Depending on your perspective, a swimming pool in your home is either a luxury or a necessity in your lifestyle.  For example, if you live in an arid area, it can be a luxury due to the obvious scarcity of water but it can also be a necessity to drive away the oppressive heat.

When you do decide to install a backyard swimming pool, you can make it more eco-friendly by adopting measures to conserve your water, protect the health of your family and keep your energy bills to a minimum.

Check for Leaks

Swimming pools can develop leaks over the years through natural wear and tear.  These leaks cause water to slowly but surely ooze into the ground, which then results to loss of the precious resource.  Your small pool can leak as much as 700 gallons of water in a day, which is sufficient amount to irrigate a small field!

To check if your swimming pool has leaks, measure the water level on a regular basis.  When it shows a decrease of ¼ of an inch in wet areas or ½ of an inch in dry regions, then you have a leak in your hands. You have to immediately address the problem to avoid more water loss.  Besides, it will not hurt your water bill if you do!

Install Pool Covers

In addition to leaks, the amount of water evaporation in an unopened pool contributes to more water losses.  It is estimated that approximately 7,000 gallons of water are lost on an annual basis from a medium-sized pool, which is sufficient potable water to live on for the next 29 years of your life.  Just imagine how many people will benefit if you have your pool for, say, 10 more years.

To counteract such a waste of precious resource, a pool cover can be installed when the swimming pool is not in use especially in hot and dry weather.  Of course, you will spend money on a plastic item, which can also damage the environment in the long run, but it’s a matter of choosing between two necessary evils.

Besides, a pool cover will act as a safety net when you have small children around the house.  In essence, you are saving water while saving lives, literally.

Lower Pool Temperature

You will not notice the difference after a few tries when you decide to lessen the pool temperature.  Not only will you be able to save money on heating costs but you will also be lessening your carbon footprint.

If possible, you can purchase bubble covers that act as solar power collectors.  These will heat the pool, thereby, reducing your need to turn on the heating machine.  Besides, the cool splash of water on heated skin is more refreshing, not to mention healthier on your skin. Ever heard of hot chlorinated water being bad for the natural balance of healthy skin? Yes, it’s true.

Avoid Pool Chemicals

If possible, you have to reduce chemical use on your pool. Instead of chlorine, use salt, copper ionization, oxygen, and ultraviolet sanitization systems.  You will be protecting the respiratory health of your small children if you avoid chlorine, too.

Or if you can afford it, you can always opt for natural swimming pools with their rocks and plants as natural filtration systems.  It’s costlier but eco-friendlier, too.

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  1. Akbar Jiwani says:

    Good Articles on Green would like to add it to my blog

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