The amount of money you spend filling up your pool will depend how you get the water to fill up the pool. If you have a well, it may cost you less to fill up your pool than if you live in the city and need to use city water to fill up the pool. According to the Sierra Club, filling up a small pool in Texas will cost you about $100. Keep in mind that due to evaporation, you may have to top off your pool with water every so often. This can increase your water costs.
Filling Up A Pool Using Well Water
If you live in a rural area and have a well, you may want to fill up your pool using well water. While using well water to fill up your pool will not cost you any money, you need to be careful when using this option. If you have a very shallow well, or if your water table is not high, you might run your well dry filling up your pool. If this is the case, you may need to fill up your pool slowly, over the period of a few weeks instead of filling up the pool in a short time period. Keep in mind too that water from the well is quite cold. It may take a while for the pool to warm up enough to be useable.
Getting Your Pool Filled By The Fire Company
If you have a well and are worried about running the well dry, you might call to see if your local fire company fills pools. Some fire companies will fill up pools for a small service fee. Depending upon where you live, you may be able to get your pool filled for giving a $50 to $75 donation to the fire company. In fact, many city residents fill up their pools this way because it is actually cheaper to fill a pool using the service provided by the fire company than to use city water. Of course, costs vary from region to region. In some regions, it may actually be cheaper to fill up the pool using city water.
Using City Water To Fill Your Pool
One of the advantages of using city water is that most of the time, you do not have to worry about the amount of water that you are using. Unlike filling your pool using a well, you don’t have to worry about your water supply. Some communities do have restrictions on water useage and may restrict you from filling your pool using city water however. If this is the case, you can probably get your pool filled for the fire company. In most cases, it will cost anywhere from $100 to $250 to fill your pool. Larger pools which hold more water will cost more to fill. If you are on a budget plan, you may be able to spread out the cost of filling up your pool so it won’t cost you so much money at once. Otherwise, you will need to pay for the cost of filling your pool on your next water bill.
Chemicals or Water Bills?
Some people actually drain their pool and refill it each year. Others drain and refill their pool only if they have a bad algae bloom which they can not get under control using chemicals. Although it may not make sense to some pool owners, it makes sense financially. Opening a pool which has not been properly closed can cost quite a bit of money and time. It may be more cost effective to simply just drain the water and fill it up again. This is also the same case with algae blooms. During an algae bloom, your pool may turn a dark green color depending upon the type of algae. Killing the algae can cost you hundreds of dollars in chemicals as well as many hours of time scrubbing the sides of your pool and vacuuming out the dead algae. In the long run, it may actually be cheaper to just drain the pool and start again.
Now that you know the different ways to fill a pool with water, you can decide which way is best for you given where you live and your budget.