There are several products that you can use to promote water conservation in your swimming pool not only during times of drought, but year-round.
Control temperature remotely, turn fountains and water features on and off with timers, and open and close automatic covers. Reducing the temperature of pool water reduces water loss to evaporation.
The OmniLogic® by Hayward® is an intuitive, icon-based user interface on the market right on the base unit, where you can set your controller to fit YOUR needs and preferences quickly and easily. It can be customized to fit your lifestyle with the ability to set the features you use the most at your fingertips. And with dramatically expanded backyard themes, each family member has the ability to personalize themes for custom ambiance. OmniLogic lets you keep your chemicals perfectly balanced. You can easily set schedules and maximize energy efficiency for cleaning and filtration processes.
With advanced automation systems for pool and spa, IntelliTouch® by Pentair offers superior control systems from small to the most ambitious pool and spa designs including water features and spectacular lighting effects. IntelliTouch Automation Systems offer innovative technology and a wide range of wireless and wired control panels that are easy to program with simple menus to enable pool owners to create and change programs without complication. Users can choose the iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or the MobileTouch® wireless (900MHz) control panel to complete their pool and spa automation system.
The iAquaLink™ 2.0 allows you to control your pool anytime, anywhere. Using the free app for your smartphone or web-connected device, you can control all the elements of your pool or pool/spa system, even when you're on the go.
The MultiWave™ Wireless Control Systems by Intermatic® is pool and spa automation that’s simple and affordable – AND SAVES WATER! It controls water temperature to reduce evaporation and allows for timers on fountains and water features. You can program your pool at lower temperatures during times of little pool use and put your fountains and other water features on a timer to control water usage.
The average uncovered pool loses one inch of water per week. Covering your pool can save up to 30 – 40% of water lost to evaporation! One simple way to reduce the amount of maintenance water that is needed to fill the pool is to install an automatic safety cover. Not only will a cover keep your pool warm and reduce the amount of debris that falls into the water, it also reduces evaporation, keeping more water in your pool. You save money on your water bill and help with water conservation efforts. Installing and removing a mesh or solid safety cover can be done in about 30 – 45 minutes – well worth the work when considering the amount of water it can save!
By using safety and automatic covers by Coverstar® the pool does not have to be re-filled as frequently. A pool cover is a rather small investment that will save pool owners money in the long run as they won't have to rely on their pool heater to keep the water consistently warm.
Solar covers, blankets and rings work with the sun to catch and retain heat. They raise the water temperature by absorbing sunlight during the day and retaining the heat at night, resulting in a warmer pool, energy and water conservation and lower operation costs.
The PoolStyle Heating Blanket with Thermo-Tex is a heavy-duty polyethylene material that works with the sun to catch and retain heat. It helps raise the water temperature by absorbing sunlight during the day and retaining the heat at night, extending the pool season. Savings come from a reduction in water evaporation. PoolStyle’s new Thermo-Tex technology maximizes the sun’s infrared heat waves, resulting in a warmer pool, energy and water conservation, and lower operation costs!
The Solar Sun Ring™ is a passive solar swimming pool heating device made from two sheets of heavyweight U.V. resistant vinyl. The upper clear layer holds insulating air and focuses sunlight on the blue colored lower layer. The blue layer absorbs about 50% of the sunlight and converts it to heat. The balance of the sunlight is allowed to pass through for deep water heating. At night the contained air acts as an insulating blanket to retain heat gained during daylight. Solar Sun Rings™ are equipped with six magnets to improve clarity and decrease hardness of the water in your pool. The magnets are positioned to facilitate rafting. The strength of the magnets will permit single position removal but will easily separate to prevent entrapment in accidental falls. Solar Sun Rings™ were designed to be compatible with automatic pool cleaners. In the event the suction hose catches on a ring, the ring will separate from the raft to allow the pool cleaner to continue. Neither water nor pool chemicals can evaporate through the Solar Sun Rings'™ two layers of heavyweight vinyl. You will save water and chemicals about equal to the percentage of the surface covered. Once the water in your pool has reached adequate temperature, Solar Sun Rings™ may be turned over to conserve water by limiting evaporation without significantly heating the water.
Liquid solar blankets work to spread a very thin layer over the surface of the pool to prevent the excessive loss of water from evaporation. The layer is one molecule thick and can’t be seen. It offers users the ability to save water and money by dramatically decreasing evaporation and heat loss. It also reduces the frequency of water adjustments due to reductions in water loss.
Coverfree® by Natural Chemistry® is a chemical that acts as a "liquid solar blanket". Its advanced mono-layer technology offers the ability to save water and money by decreasing evaporation. Coverfree forms on the water surface and helps to conserve hundreds of gallons of pool water. It is compatible with all pool types and sanitizers. Even when the water is disturbed by the wind or swimmers, it reforms the liquid barriers at the surface to protect from heat loss and evaporation.
SeaKlear's Solar Shield is a unique product that uses the same technology approved by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for the reduction of evaporation in drinking water reservoirs. Solar Shield works to spread a very thin layer over the surface of the pool to prevent the excessive loss of water from evaporation. The layer is one molecule thick and can’t be seen. Since SeaKlear Solar Shield uses the same technology and active ingredient that has been used in the drinking water it is safe for humans, pets and fish. SeaKlear Solar Shield was independently tested and found to be over 2 times effective as the leading two competing products. Solar Shield was proven to reduce up to 37% evaporation in the first week. Based on a 15,000 gallon pool the Solar Shield saved 1,500 gallons of water a month. That’s 18,000 gallons of water a year saved! Solar Shield is compatible with all sanitizer systems and is safe and easy to use.
SeaKlear's SolarPill® minimizes heat loss by forming a harmless, ultra-thin, invisible barrier on the water’s surface to reduce evaporation. Its patented delivery system gradually releases the formula into the filtration system to allow for optimum coverage. SolarPill can be used with ALL types of sanitizers. A small pill treats up to 12,000 gal, and large pill treats up to 30,000 gal.
Using a cartridge filter instead of a sand or DE filter can conserve water because you don't have to use water to backwash the filter.
Pentair Clean & Clear® Cartridge Filters feature a Fiberglass Reinforced Polypropylene Tank with no-tool servicing and a coreless cartridge for easier cleaning. All models are equipped with easy spin-on unions for plumbing hook-ups. These filters are NSF listed for commercial applications and are available in 50, 75, 100, 150, and 200 square foot sizes.
Pentair Clean & Clear® Plus Cartridge Filters have a corrosion resistant injection molded filter tank featuring superior strength and reliability. The cartridge assembly uses four easy to clean, non-woven, polyester cartridges. Each filter is supplied with a bulkhead union set for easy installation.
The Pentair Clean & Clear® RP Cartridge Filter has a side entry port, which provides nearly 50% more efficiency than any other single cartridge filter available. Inside, the Clean & Clear RP has increased cartridge surface consistency to block and trap particles as small as 20 microns.
The Dynamic® Series Spa, Hot Tub, and Swimming Pool Filters Series Filter line includes in-line, top load, safety flange lily pad and safety skim filters with automatic chemical dispensers and a host of features created for the leading spa manufacturers throughout the country.
The Posi-Clear™ RP Cartridge Filter gives you everything you could ask for in a filter. It delivers top-of-the-line cartridge performance to keep pools sparkling clear, trapping particles as small as 20 microns (an average grain of sand is 1,000 microns). The new side entry design optimizes flow for nearly 50 percent greater efficiency than any other single cartridge filter on the market, earning it the Pentair® Eco Select® Brand for our most environmentally responsible equipment choices. Cleaning is a breeze - just open the top, remove the cartridge, and hose it off. And, its durable fiberglass tank ensures exceptionally long life. The Posi-Clear RP is the ultimate in convenience, and delivers refreshingly clear pool water.
Hayward large-capacity cartridge filters are an amazing water saver. Because they NEVER need to be backwashed, water stays in the pool, along with chemicals and heat. Cartridge pool filters save pool owners thousands of gallons of water every season – they conserve up to 92% of water from rinsing versus backwashing. This equates to approximately 2,500 gallons of water per season or the equivalent to 20,000 glasses of drinking water.
Properly maintaining your swimming pool with chemical maintenance products is a great way to save water and reduce evaporation. The last thing you ever want to have to do is to drain your pool water from too much contamination. If you properly maintain your pool using sanitizers, shock, balancers, clarifiers, enzymes and metal controls, your pool should never be so dirty that it needs to be drained. By properly testing your water with a test kit several times a week and adding necessary chemicals, your pool water should stay sparkling clean. If you are unsure how to test your water, consult a local pool professional.