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06/26/2009

Green Your Blue: Earth-Friendly Pool Care Tips

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Pooll By following four rules, your pool can be on its way to becoming a green oasis. But don’t worry, it’ll retain that sparkling shade of light blue all the while.

1) Combat water waste: It seems like a no-brainer, but make sure to keep your pool covered when you’re not using it. This will reduce the need for chemicals, and lower evaporation by up to 95 percent. Be sure to use one that you pull on and off manually, as automatic pool covers rely on electrical motors, which would increase your pool’s footprint. For extra credit, get a solar cover, which will help to heat the water as well! Another way to combat water evaporation is by planting shrubs and trees close to the water so they serve as a barrier from the wind. You can even refill your pool with captured rainwater to cut down on water waste. Also, make sure to check for leaks regularly, by marking the water line and checking to make sure it hasn’t decreased 24 hours later.

 

Check back next Friday for the next green pool tip!

 

For more information on eco-friendly recreation, visit RTM's Earth Tones Section.

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