California is in a drought and it’s no surprise to residents as well as anyone in the country. There are articles written about it everyday, the Governor of California is always discussing the current state of the drought and restrictions are constantly in place. The most common ones seen are watering your lawn only on certain days, not being able to hose off your driveways, washing your vehicles on certain days as well as others. Homeowners will invest in low flow shower heads, dual flush toilets and they will even switch from lawn to desert landscaping which all help but did you know that one of the biggest bodies of water in homeowners and commercial properties is swimming pools? During the summer months, swimming pools can lose on average an inch of water every day because of evaporation but the most interesting phenomenon is nobody ever talks about them! Dual flush toilets are nice because you can save up to 4,000 gallons of water each year and some of the other water restrictions are great too because everything helps, but did you know that the single largest water conservation act that a homeowner or commercial property swimming pool owner can do is not drain their swimming pools?
Yes, that’s right…. depending on the size of the swimming pool you can save on average 20,000 gallons of water or more each day by not draining a swimming pool. The water in the swimming pool should be changed every 2-3 years because of high calcium hardness and total dissolved solid levels (TDS). This happens because our fill water in California is loaded with limestone and other hardness minerals which cause staining to the water tile line, the surface of the swimming pool and equipment. As water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in solution and gradually increase each year. Depending on who you talk to, the recommended calcium hardness for a swimming pool is between 200 and 400 parts per million (ppm) and if your TDS is above 3,000 ppm they will insist on a water change. Most individuals aren’t aware of this but it should be done to increase the life span of the swimming pool and make it easier to manage. If a water change is recommended, a typical drain and refill can take up to 2 – 3 days. During this time you will expose the liner of the swimming pool which is always dangerous. California has hard water, therefore you can start with calcium hardness levels that are higher than the recommended amount.
At Pool Water Recycling we have a great solution for you that will not only save you time and money but will also help with our current drought conditions. We offer a mobile filtration service that comes to your home or commercial property and recycles the water onsite. It will lower calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, cyanuric acid, waterborne diseases and many more without draining the swimming pool. We can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in the swimming pool, which means you are making a large impact on water conservation. We will never expose the liner of the swimming pool and you will have NO DOWNTIME! So we ask you to think about California and the drought before you ever drain your swimming pool again! We guarantee better water than tap because we use Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes to filter the water and we promise the water will be a lot more fun to swim in when we’re done. If you have any questions on how we can help you, please call us today!!