Pools & Spas
If you own a pool or spa, there are some things you can do to make them more sustainable - and save you money too!
Eco-friendly pools & spas
- The average backyard pool can lose up to 50,000 litres of water a year through evaporation. Install a cover on pools and spas to reduce this water loss.
- Ask your local nursery for advice on plants to screen the pool or spa and further reduce water loss.
- Install a shade cloth over the area to reduce evaporation.
- Install a rainwater tank to top up your pool or spa.
- Keep your pool or spa ph-balanced and healthy throughout the year. This will eliminate the need to drain and refill because of contamination.
- For pools, consider replacing a sand filter with a cartridge filter. Cartridge filters require less backwashing and save water.
- Wet edge or 'infinity' pools can be designed to collect water in a reservoir for irrigation use.
- Install an automatic pool cleaner to further reduce the need to backwash.
- Collect backwashed water to wash down driveways and vehicles, or water garden beds.
- Install an ozone-based treatment system in your spa, which is oxygen-based rather than chemical-based.
- To maintain spa heating, use solar or gas rather than electric heating systems.