Think having a pool isn’t feasible during a drought? Think again!

Get the facts about water usage.

POOL OWNERS: Did you know that by having a pool, you’re saving over 50% in water savings than having a patch of green grass? Click here for some more tips and tricks.

Here are some tips and tricks from Adams Pools to keep your pool water-wise during this drought:

  • Install a pool cover. By doing this small task, you can reduce water evaporation by as much as 90%.
  • When not in use, shut off any water features, waterfalls, or any other feature. Not only will you save on water evaporation, you’ll save electricity too!
  • Check your pool for leaks. Even the smallest crack can lead to significant water loss. We recommend calling your pool professional for guidance.
  • Control your splash out. By reducing your waterline, even 6 inches, can save over 100 gallons of water per summer.
  • Plug the overflow line when using the pool. This reduces the constant water filling and electricity consumption. After the pool settles, unplug the line, and feel the savings!
  • Keep your pool clean. By doing so, you’re reducing backwashing. Also, when replacing those filter, choose DE or sand filters with cartridge filters that do not require backwashing.
  • Turn off your heated pool. When reducing the water temperature, you’re not only saving energy, but water as well!

SPA OWNERS: On average, each bath you take wastes over 70 gallons of water. Your spa or hot tub is just as relaxing and saves more water than a traditional bath.

Here are some tips and tricks from Adams Pools to keep your spa or hot tub water-wise during this drought:

  • Invest in a spa cover and use it. We all like out hot tub water hot, so by using a cover, we can reduce evaporation.
  • Check your chemicals. By maintaining the chemicals, you can actually extend the life of your spa water, having it fill it less often.
  • Check your spa for leaks. Even the smallest crack can lead to significant water loss. We recommend calling your pool professional for guidance.
  • Call us! There is new technology out there that reduces the need to drain your spa while keeping the water clean.
  • If you do drain your spa water, reuse it! You can water your lawn, irrigate your landscaping, or even fill water balloons for the kids with the leftover water.


Here are some helpful hints, tips, and tricks to be water wise during this California drought. Learn what you can do to help save water.


  • Check for leaks. A leaky faucet, outdoor garden nozzle, or even a drippy shower head can all add up! On average, over 10 gallons of water is lost to leaks. That’s approximately 14% of your water use.
  • Replace your fixtures with new energy efficient ones. By repairing those leaky faucets and toilets, it’s one of the easiest, most effective ways to cut water usage in your home.
  • Read your water meter. Most people don’t realize how much water they are wasting when not at home. Check your meter before leaving (make sure there is no water being used while you’re gone), and then again when coming home (we wait 2 hours). If the meter doesn’t read exactly the same, then you have a leak somewhere.
  • Go low-flow. By installing a new low-flow shower head, you save as much as 15 gallons during a 10 minute shower.
  • Stick to showers. Showers are more water efficient- so during droughts we recommend sticking to a shower.
  • Check your laundry load size. Adjust to the proper load size saves water. Your washing machine uses anywhere from 20 to 40 gallons per load, and some may be wasted due to load size.
  • Use your dishwasher. Using a dishwasher (especially when full) actually uses less water than handwashing. On average, your dishwasher only uses 4-6 gallons per load versus the 20+ from handwashing.


  • By watering early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler, you can save up to 25 gallons each time you water.
  • Check your sprinklers. Your sidewalk, street or fence doesn’t need water. By correctly positioning those sprinklers, you can save up to 15 gallons each time you water.
  • Check out drip systems. Trees, shrubs and flowers often benefit from drip systems. The plants get more water, you water less, and they have water savings!
  • Aerate your lawn. Those tiny little holes in your lawn pack a significate punch. When places 6 inches apart, water reaches the roots instead of running off the surface.
  • Have a drought resistant landscape. That doesn’t mean you have to have a sandy front yard. By placing mulch around trees and plants, the soil temperature is kept cooler, reducing evaporation.
  • If you have hanging baskets or planters and pots, try this neat trick. Place an ice cube on top of the soil to give your plants a cool drink of water. The ice will slowly melt, reducing overflow, and give your plants the water they need.
  • Use a broom, not the water hose to clean your driveway, sidewalks and garage floor. It cleans just as well, and saves up to 50 gallons of water.

FACT: The pool and space industry is an important part of California’s economy.

From the tens of thousands of small business owners and employees, to the millions of dollars in economic output, the pool and spa industry helps keep California running.

Pool construction alone helps employ hundreds of California residents, requires permit fees and local taxes, all which lead to the stimulation of California’s economy. According to a recent study, the local California economy receives $1 million per acre foot of water used to fill a pool.

Water districts should not pass restrictions that affect just one industry. When water districts propose regulations affecting just pool and spa owners, they are promoting a policy that will adversely impact just one industry. From builders to suppliers to maintenance workers, the pool and spa industry is composed of local small, often minority-owned, businesses. Imposing such industry-specific regulations will put hundreds of local workers out of business and mean less money for local governments that rely on money from building permits.