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Do You Put in a Pool During a Drought?
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 7, 2011 12:01 PM

There is a hot topic going around. Do you put in a pool during a drought?

There are definitely two sides to this debate, so let’s look at both of them. Here are the scenarios below:

Scenario 1 is the “Yes.” I am the home/land owner and I want to put in a pool. It is 100 degrees every day and I am hot. The kids/grandkids will love it. I have the money and I can do it. There are great deals on in-ground and above-ground pools right now. I’ve retired and always wanted one. Or I’m building a new house and adding it all at once. Those are just a few things you might hear.

With scenario 1, most of these types of scenarios are all about what the homeowner wants. They usually don’t consider what is happening with the water levels and the people around them. They are determined to put a pool in for their enjoyment.

The average swimming pool takes 18,000-20,000 gallons of water to fill. To figure out how many gallons of water it takes to fill your pool, use this equation: Length (in feet) x width x average depth x 7.5 = gallons of water to fill the pool (calculations taken from http://texas.sierraclub.org/press/facts3.pdf). If there is no drought, go for it.

Scenario 2 is “No.” No pool during a drought. Water is a precious resource. Most people just don’t know any better, but by educating yourself and those you know, we’re off to a good start. There is water everywhere and it appears to be a limitless resource; the reality is much different.

Those with wells need to be just as concerned, if not moreso, as those who get their pools filled by city water. When you are filling that pool with well water, you are tapping into the resources of many others around you. Most cities will not allow a pool to be filled with city water during a drought. At this time, some car washes are even shut down.

So in conclusion, we all need to use our best judgments during a drought on a pool, lawn watering, and more. We need to conserve as needed. Yes, it would be fabulous to put in a pool during the 100-degree days and enjoy it. But on the flip side, it could cause major issues to the water levels to fill it and maintain it. Think about your neighbors’ needs as well. Consider those who are losing their wells and have no water. The aquifers are down. Check with your local water boards before you plan for a pool in a drought.

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 or 713-818-6658, or send an email to debbie@vallone realestate.net.

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