Across all industries, there is an increased demand for eco-friendly and sustainable living solutions. So it’s no surprise that this desire for sustainable alternatives should extend to swimming pools. A common fixture of backyard properties today, many homeowners have sought out greener options in order to reduce water consumption and electricity use while maintaining enjoyment of this summertime essential.
What Makes A Pool Eco-Friendly?
When most people think of swimming pools, eco-friendliness is the last thing that comes to mind. Instead, one would picture the tonnes of chemicals and products that keep them running, or the excessive amounts of power and water they consume.
However, with technology constantly changing, there are more eco-friendly pool options than ever before. Ingenuitive new products from rainwater harvesting pool covers to chemical-free chlorinators enable consumers to make their summer swims more sustainable. There is no one aspect that defines an eco pool, but instead several elements.
Making the switch to high performance media for your pool filter can substantially reduce your need for chlorine and lessen water wastage by up to 50%. Additionally, they can remove microplastics and organic matter from the water, leading to not only cleaner pool water but a cleaner environment.
Installing an in-floor cleaning system in your pool reduces not only the time spent cleaning, but also the need for harsh chemicals. This is due to the bottom to top circulation these systems provide, preventing dead and cold spots where algae and bacteria typically grow. The added benefit for owners is that they don’t need to brush or vacuum, and they save on chemical costs.
Pumps & Circulation Systems
In order to keep your pool clean and safe, circulation and filtration are crucial. For optimal operating of the pool pump, circulatory and filtration flows should be low while backwashing flows should be higher. It is possible to customise these settings along with the pump speed to suit individual pool sizes and other user requirements with the use of a variable speed pump.
Choosing the right size suction pump is another technical aspect of an environmentally friendly pool. The workload of the pump is dramatically reduced by using larger diameter suction pipes (65mm) instead of the traditional (50mm). This helps reduce power consumption while improving filtration quality and results in fewer chemicals being needed.
Pool covers are often overlooked, but they are very important for rainwater harvesting. With water restrictions and water costs on the rise, it is not only a more environmentally friendly option, but it is also becoming more crucial.
Electric pool covers accumulate considerable amounts of water when it rains due to their large surface area, so why let this go to waste? With the use of a submersible pump, this water can be pumped into a water tank and used to top up your pool when required. The excess can even be used to water your garden. As rainwater has a low dissolved solids content and does not contain any metals, it is perfect for use in swimming pools.
For heated swimming pools, covers also prevent heat loss, which reduces the burden on your heat pump.
Chlorine in large quantities is toxic, and while it is necessary to kill algae and bacteria in your pool, it can also cause harm to anything else it’s exposed to. Accidental spills or leaking containers can contaminate nearby soil and can potentially contaminate local groundwater supplies.
A salt water chlorinator makes for a much more environmentally friendly solution, as they require only non-toxic salt to operate. In addition, they consume very little energy, reducing your pool’s carbon footprint and energy consumption. A win-win!
Can I Make My Existing Pool More Eco-Friendly?
While it is easier to design and build a new pool with sustainability in mind, this does not mean you have to miss out if you already have a pre-existing pool. Most of the above mentioned options can be incorporated into existing pools as well. Options for your pool will vary depending on its specifications and configuration, so you should consult a local pool expert for a tailored solution.
Pool owners in Wellington can take advantage of the wide selection of eco-friendly and sustainable pools products offered by local retailer Wright Pools & Spas. They not only provide sustainable solutions, but put them into practice too. Having recently switched to using solar energy to power the pool at their Wairarapa store and harvested rainwater to keep it full. Customers can be confident that their commitment to sustainability is genuinely heartfelt.