As a top pool builder in Houston and the Greater Houston area, we know all about pools. Did you know that your pool may not use as much water as you think?
So, you found a pool builder, got a swimming pool in your backyard, and started to fill it up. And while gallons after gallons of water start flowing into it, you’re thinking “Wow, that sure is a lot of water”. And while you are correct, your pool is not the number one culprit in water consumption in your yard.
Your lawn actually uses more water than your pool. That’s right, your lawn. Over time, a lawn the same square footage as your pool will require 30,000 gallons more water than your pool. That is almost the same amount of water for 2,000 showers – the amount a person uses to shower for almost 3 years. Pools use the most water in their first year, but even just filling your pool to the ideal swimming level requires less water than your lawn.
Studies have shown that a 1,200 square foot pool in its first year will use 12,000 gallons less water than a lawn of the same size. It’s important to remember that, while it looks like your pool might need a lot of water when you’re filling it up, you don’t have to do that every year. Your pool only needs water added to it periodically to maintain the same level of water. Your lawn, however, requires constant watering to stay healthy and green.
Overall, it is important to remember that, while your pool might seem like it’s using more water than anything else, it’s actually pretty economical when it comes to water consumption. Taking care of your lawn is far costlier, and requires more maintenance than your pool.