You can be water wise and still enjoy these great leisure activities if you follow a few simple water conservation guidelines.
Water Wise Rules apply from 1 July 2014.Water Wise Under Water Wise Rules all hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle. This can be used to:
- Top up an existing pool if it's getting low
- Fill a new pool
- Refill an existing pool after renovation
Preventing Water Evaporation
Evaporation is a major cause of water loss from your swimming pool. It is important to remember that the evaporation rate is highest in the early evening as the air cools and the water remains warm.
This can be reduced by covering the pool's surface. Covering the pool lowers the pool's temperature, decreasing evaporation whilst preventing debris from falling on the pool surface.
Ways to Prevent Evaporation
An affordable pool cover option, pool blankets are available in bubble plastic or foam and float on the water's surface. If used with a roller they can be easily removed before pool use, then spread again after you have finished swimming for the day.
These are generally more expensive than pool blankets as they require a roller for storage and take some effort to roll out and put away.
They have an added safety benefit as it is difficult to fall into the pool when the cover is in place. They also cover the whole pool, preventing up to 95 per cent of evaporation, compared with a blanket where there may be gaps between a blanket and the edge of a pool.
Covering your pool with a shade cloth or sail will further reduce evaporation as well as protecting swimmers from the sun.