Water-Saving Tips for Swimming Pools & Spas

  • Check your pool for leaks by performing a bucket test or dye test
  • Use a pool cover to avoid evaporation and save energy
  • Maintain proper pool chemistry year round to avoid the need to drain your pool


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Swimming Pools and IRWD

  • IRWD includes the surface of your pool in your total square feet of irrigated landscape.
  • An unidentified or unaddressed leak in your pool may cause you to have charges in the wasteful tier and incur over-allocation charges. For example, if your pool's water level is dropping more than a quarter of an inch per day, you may have a leak. Or, if your pool fill is running longer than usual, it's possible your float is stuck or needs to be adjusted.
  • You may be eligible for a leak adjustment on your bill if you drained and refilled your pool to fix a leak. A copy of your invoice is required to qualify for a leak adjustment. To find out more about water leaks, please visit http://www.irwd.com/services/water-leaks.


Tips for HOAs

  • Create a Leak Detection and Prevention process and schedule for your management staff and/or pool service professional
  • Replace pool adjacent landscaping with water efficient plants, drip or micro-spray irrigation, and install a weather-based irrigation controller 
  • An average community-sized pool with no leaks nor malfunctioning equipment generally uses no more than 15 ccf/month. If your pool's water usage is greater than 15 ccf/month, please the Water Use Efficiency Department at 949-453-5581 to request an on-site evaluation. 


How to Check for Pool Leaks Using the Bucket Test.

You can find an in-ground pool leak by doing what is called the bucket test.


How to Check for Pool Leaks Using the Dye Test

Leaking fittings around return lines of a spa and leaking mouth of a swimming pool skimmer.



Evaporation Study

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

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