Swimming pools have been part of California’s lifestyle for decades, but as the state struggles through its fourth year of a worsening drought, communities are putting bans on filling pools or restricting new pool construction.
A handful of cities and water districts statewide have implemented restrictions on swimming pools, ranging from moratoriums on swimming pool construction to restrictions on draining and refilling pools. The California Pool and Spa Association, a trade group, has responded to restrictions with a “Let’s Pool Together” campaign that gives consumers tips on being more water-efficient.
“They’re trying to hammer us with the ‘we’re the culprits’ because we do pools,” said Blaine Enbody, who runs Enbody Custom Pools in Moorpark. “But if homeowners put in (landscaping), they are wasting more water than if they had a pool.”