You may have noticed the record number of wildflowers blooming this spring and that’s no surprise, after the unseasonably wet season California saw following five years of drought. On April 7, 2017 Governor Brown terminated the January 17, 2014 Drought State of Emergency impacting all but Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. California has successfully conserved water in unprecedented levels, reducing water use in communities by 22% between 2014 and 2017.
Many counties had enacted swimming pool permit bans in an effort to conserve water, but the California Pool & Spa Association was at the forefront of making the case that building swimming pools and spas can be a part of drought resistant landscaping. As the Governor and the State lift the Swimming Pool build ban, and homeowners return to filling up their water levels, it’s a good time for everyone to take a look at how they can support Executive Order B-37-16, Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life. After all, the next drought could be right around the corner. The time to build a pool is now! As a residential swimming pool, spa or hot tub owner, you are already conserving water compared to a conventional residential backyard. Swimming pools use less water than the same square footage of a lawn and if you add in a pool deck area, rather than grass, the water savings are multiplied. California Pools can help you design the landscape of your dreams, and understands the importance of creating drought resistant options.
According to the California Pool & Spa Association, you can continue to do your part to conserve water in the following ways:
If you own a pool or in-ground pool:
· Install a pool cover to reduce water evaporation by as much as 90%
· Shut off waterfalls, fountains and other water features to reduce water loss and evaporation
· Check the pool for leaks, contact your pool service professional for guidance.
· Minimize splashing or lower the pool’s water level to reduce “splash out.”
· Plug the overflow line when the pool is in use.
· Replace sand and DE Filters with cartridge filters that do not require backwashing.
· Keep your pool clean to reduce frequency of backwashing.
· If your pool is heated, reduce the water temperature to reduce evaporation.
If you own a hot tub or spa:
· Keep it covered.
· Maintain the chemicals to extend water life.
· Check the equipment for leaks.
· Drain only when absolutely necessary.
· Check with your pool service professional for new technology that helps keep the water clean and reduce the need to drain the spa.
· If you drain your spa, reuse the water to irrigate plants and landscaping.
California pools is ready to help homeowners make an action plan now that the drought is coming to an end. Call today to schedule your inspection, maintenance or consultation for remodel or building the backyard of your dreams. Next time a drought hits, you will be ready to chill by the pool, knowing you are doing your part to make water conservation a California way of life!