In a recently launched â€œdrought educationâ€ campaign, trade group the California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) suggests that installing a backyard swimming hole is an effective â€”Â and super-fun! â€”Â way to conserve water as the stateâ€™sÂ historic dry spellÂ enters its fourth year.
In fact, theÂ Letâ€™s Pool TogetherÂ campaign claims that mindfully maintained residential swimming pools require far less water thanÂ lush, irrigated lawns. Citing â€œindependent studies,â€ the campaign trumpets the fact that swimming pools, of which there are an estimated 1.8 million private ones in California, use roughly half the amount of water that a lawn uses in the same period.
And as for that massive first fill, the campaign claims that the average amount of water needed to fill a new pool in its first year, 26,250 gallons, is still less â€”Â about 3,750 gallons less â€”Â than the amount of precious H2O needed to maintain a 800-square-foot lawnâ€™s desired shade of non-brown. The savings can grow even greater in subsequent years after the pool is first installed and filled.
Many water experts believe that regularly irrigated traditional lawns and residential pools useÂ around the same amount of water, although there is indeed the potential for a pool to consume less depending on numerous different factors including size, age and maintenance.
CPSA Chairman Mike Geremia lays it all out in a news release:
Many people assume pools and spas waste water, but thatâ€™s just not true. Because pools and spas often replace traditional lawns, which are very water-intensive, every pool and spa actually saves thousands of gallons of water per year. Yet even with those water savings, we know there are steps pool and spa owners can take this summer to potentially save even more. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re launching the Letâ€™s Pool Together campaign â€” to ensure that pool and spa owners do their part during the drought.
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