The heat from the Arizona sun will empty a pool through evaporation in a year's time. Nevertheless, if pool systems are working well, the pool will remain clean and full. Here are some tips to minimize water loss.
How can I keep my pool water clean?
- Select poolside plantings that do not litter. Avoid messy seedpods and fine leaflets.
- Skim and vacuum your pool regularly to remove large solids.
- Clean filters, but only as needed. You may flush them manually with a hose, replace cartridges, or use a backwash flow. Direct water from backwashing (reversing water flow through filters to flush them clean) to the sewer clean-outs in your yard or use it on landscaping in your yard. For more information on how to backwash, read Drain and Backwash Pools Legally [PDF].
Keep pool water on your property or release it through a sewer clean-out. Allowing water to run to other people's property, public rights-of-way, or open space is illegal. Federal law and three local ordinances may be violated. This may lead to a citation or a misdemeanor charge.
Monitor the water while it drains. Allowing water to run unattended is water waste, and violates City ordinances.
How can I legally drain my pool for repairs?
How can I minimize water loss from my pool?
What else can I do to keep the pool efficient?
- Run circulating pumps at night when power demand is lowest. This will reduce power costs for those on time of day rate plans.
- Use a pool blanket to extend the pool season without using a heater.
- Check for 2010 energy-efficiency rebates from Arizona Public Service for pool equipment. Go to: APS Green Rebates for Pools. Upgrade equipment and claim one.