Before you contract for an in-ground pool or invest in an above ground pool, be aware that they require special permits and safety installations. All pools must be equipped with a recirculation and filtering system and a double check valve to be installed at the meter on the incoming water service.
Once your Pool is Built, Follow these Tips
- Cover your outdoor pool to reduce evaporation during the winter.
- Check your pool’s walls and filtration system. Make repairs where needed.
- If you have a pool heater, reduce the temperature during the summer. Doing so reduces water loss to evaporation.
- Backwash pool filters only when necessary.
- Plant pool-area shrubs and use fences or privacy screening as barriers or to help reduce water loss from wind evaporation.
- Drain your pool only when absolutely necessary.
- Shut off fountains and waterfalls when you don’t need them on.
- Keep the water level a bit lower. When your pool experiences frequent use, all that swimming and splashing can result in a lot of water that goes over the edge and out of the pool.
During the summer months, customers’ water bills are often double or triple due to the increased water usage during this time of year. See the chart of Plainview Water District’s average water pumpage per month.