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Iceni Magazine | October 15, 2019

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Water Conservation & Automatic Pool Covers – Synonymous to Each Other

Water Conservation & Automatic Pool Covers

Planet earth is facing an acute crisis of depleting natural resources, and water shortage is one of them.

Unsurprisingly, there are some parts in the world where the availability of groundwater is almost negligible. The water level is falling at an alarming rate, and we must look for ways to save this invaluable natural resource before it gets too late.

Unfortunately, swimming pools have become one of the primary sources of unnecessary water wastage in recent years. Every year, billions of gallons of water are wasted that can be saved by using good quality automatic, retractable pool covers and enclosures.

Water Conservation & Automatic Pool Covers

It is widely known by now that pool covers can cut down water evaporation by as much as 95%, but less than 30% of pools are using them. Do you know that an open pool of size 16-by-36 foot can lose 720 gallons of water a month due to evaporation? That’s quite shocking data.

To save millions of gallons of water from evaporating, using retractable pool covers is indeed the need of the hour. Also, it is vital to choose those that are made of durable materials to withstand regular exposure to environmental elements day in, day out, besides bringing down water evaporation significantly.

The three common materials used to manufacture pool covers are Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Vinyl.

  1. Polyethene: It is the most produced plastic globally. It is used in a large number of products that we use every day; from garbage bags and pipes to children’s toys and the fuel tank in our cars.

It is also used to manufacture pool covers because of its strength, flexibility, lightweight, adequate insulation, and resistance to mold.

Water Conservation & Automatic Pool Covers

  1. Polypropylene: It is, to a large extent, similar to polyethene in terms of characteristics, but is slightly less durable.
  2. Vinyl: Vinyl is a strong and durable plastic material which is often used in manufacturing pool covers due to its low cost and long life span.

Other Benefits of Installing Automatic Pool Covers

Not only do pool covers dramatically slow the pace of water evaporation, but there are also other benefits that are hard to ignore for any well-informed pool owner. Besides keeping more water in your pool, they also trap heat by closing its escape route. It automatically leads to more temperature inside, thus reducing energy demands on your pool equipment.

Another useful feature is they keep dust, dirt, and debris at bay. Uncovered pools require regular cleaning as they remain exposed to various environmental elements. Covered pools require less cleaning, which saves valuable time, money, and resources.

If you have kids and pets at home, automatic retractable pool covers can act as an effective protective barrier for them in case they happen to slip and fall. In other words, pool covers keep you and your loved ones safe.

Other Effective Ways to Prevent Water Evaporation 

Even though pool covers are the most effective to prevent water evaporation, there are other ways that can be implemented by you to contribute in water conservation.

  1. Liquid Solar Blanket

A liquid solar blanket is best described as a microscopic film that sits atop the water. Available in the form of tablets, bottles, and fish-shaped dispensers, these are poured into the pool, and its contents dispersed across the entire pool automatically.

This biodegradable, invisible protective molecular barrier acts as a liquid blanket and traps the heat to reduce evaporation, although not effectively as solid pool covers. It is safe, non-toxic for swimmers.

  1. Turn off Water Features

Many homeowners add fountains, waterfalls, laminar sprayers, and pool slides to their backyard resort to add extra fun, beauty, and sound. However, when in use, they increase the amount of water surface exposed to the air and sunlight, which leads to extra evaporation.

Avoid extra water to escape your pool by turning off these features to cut down unnecessary evaporation. The additional benefit will be saving energy that your pool pump uses to run them.

You can use them occasionally when you have guests to entertain or use the pool personally.

  1. Reduce Water Temperature

Lowering the pool thermostat is a simple way to cut back evaporation. Warmer water evaporates at a fast rate as compared to normal water. If you will not be using a pool for a while, turn down the heater.

  1. Install windbreaks

Consider a strategically placed barrier around your pool to curb the wind’s speed and prevent it from directly hitting the water surface. Not only it will slow down the evaporation rate, but it may also prevent heavy gusts of wind from creating waves and making some water pop out from your pool.

These barriers can be in the form of landscapes or metal/wooden barriers. It will also improve the overall aesthetics of your outdoor space as you can customize these barriers according to your choice of designs, colors, and patterns.

Summing it up, Covers in Play are reputable and well-established manufacturers of high quality, reliable and durable automatic pool covers. We also design and create a sturdy and attractive pool enclosures specific to your needs.  Call Now:  905-589-3000 or write to us at  info@coversinplay.com for more information.


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