Las Vegas Pool Water Conservation


Water is one of our most important resources.  Every living thing needs water to survive. Water conservation means using less water or recycling used water so that it can be used again. This type of program is important because water conservation helps save energy, protect wild animals, and prevent people from using too much water.  We have been hearing a lot about Las Vegas Pool Water Conservation lately, but how does it affect you as a pool owner?

The recent droughts in the Western parts of the United States has closed swimming season for many pools.  Pool owners have been restricted from adding water to their pools and many regions have imposed stricter constraints on what a pool owner can and cannot do.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers many tips for saving water around your house, but they also include tips for saving water with your swimming pool.   When it comes to conserving water, evaporation can be a pool owner’s worst enemy.  Half of the water in the pool can evaporate over a year’s time.  FEMA suggests installing a pool over.  Not only will it reduce the evaporation, but it will also prevent night heat loss and it will save on chemicals cost too.

Another suggestion by FEMA is to install a new water-saving pool filter.  Cartridge filters are fast becoming the equipment of choice, not only because of the reduction in operating costs, but also save thousands of gallons of pool water through the elimination of backwashing.  Another bonus is that many Water Districts throughout the nation are offering rebates.


When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact.  Here are a few suggestions:


When checking for pool leaks, look for damp spots downstream from the pool; water-saturated soil near the pool, pumps or plumbing equipment; leaking pipes, valves and joiners and loose tiles or cracks.  Also, monitor you water bill.  Any significant change may signal a possible leak.  If detected, address the leak right away.  Not only can a leak cause some serious structural damage, but you are losing valuable water.


To reduce water loss, it is a good idea to lower water level to 1 inch above the bottom of the pool tile.  You don’t want to overfill the pool.  Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.  You may also want to explain to family and friends to keep water in the pool while playing.  It will save water.


Keeping pools and filters clean will reduce the need of backwashing.  You will only want to backwash long enough for the water in the sight glass to run clean.  Backwashing too much, can reduce the effectiveness of the filter.  Also, you may want to consider using the backwash water on lawns and shrubs.  This can only be done if your backwash system has a separation tank,


Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.  Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.  If you want to keep them on, trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.


Many pool owners enjoy starting the summer with a clean pool with fresh water.  That may not be needed if the pool was properly maintained.  Pools only should be drained every 3-7 years.  An alternative, is to partially drain the pool.  Spas, however, need to be drained every three month, depending on use.

Water conservation affects everyone.  Our water resources are not unlimited.  We can take it upon ourselves to help the situation.  Not only will it help the environment by following some of these tips, but it also helps your pocket too.

Any questions or assistance with any of these tips, call Rick the Pool Dude at 702-448-2483.