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Matt Gohlke: Water-saving tips for pool owners

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Matt Gohlke

This has been a relatively mild summer thus far. We seem to be on a trend to fall below the average of 18 days of at least 100 degrees. In addition, the rainfall that we had in June was a very nice start to the summer.

According to Dentonrainfall.com, we had 7.94 inches of rain in June, and we average 3.59. But, as we all know, things can change in a hurry around here if we experience a hot and dry August and September.

Along with many other parts of the country, we have overcome the drought conditions that we have had in previous years. The exception to that is the extreme drought that is currently occurring in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, according to droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

Many of us still remember the stage 5 water restrictions that Wichita Falls experienced a few years ago. We cannot forget about that and must realize that we need to do what we can to conserve our water, especially with the continued influx of new residents to the North Texas area, which can put a heavy burden on our resources.

I have always been concerned that pools put increased demand on our water sources. There are those in the pool industry who argue that pools use less water than what is used on traditional lawns, and there have been studies that seem to support their argument.

But even with the results of this research, I believe that we all need to do our part to conserve the water that we have. We can install more water-friendly landscaping, and it is important that pool owners do their part to conserve water. Following are some water saving tips for pool owners:

— Maintain the proper chemical levels and adequate circulation time. This will help keep from having to drain the pool to correct any problems.

— Turn off unnecessary fountains and waterfalls. These can cause a significant amount of water loss due to evaporation.

— If the pool is equipped with an overflow line, consider plugging it whenever swimming or when it is raining. This prevents water loss through the overflow line.

— When filling the pool, be sure to keep from overflowing the pool. Forgetting to turn off the water can make for a costly waste of water.

— Repair any swimming pool leaks. Even a small leak in either the pool equipment or the pool's structure represents a substantial waste.

The website www.letspooltogether.com is a great source for pool and spa owners to get ideas on water-saving tips. There is some great information on this website, and it is worth a few minutes of your time.

Let's all do our part so that future generations can continue to enjoy the wonderful resources that the North Texas area has.

MATT GOHLKE owns Gohlke Pools, which has earned national awards, certifications and recognition in the pool industry. He can be reached at 940-387-7521 or matt@gohlkepools.com.