You would think that filling a pool with water is a pretty straightforward process and the easiest part of following simple swimming pool care instructions. After all, you simply insert water hose, turn it on, and wait, right? While that strategy may be sufficient for vinyl and fiberglass pools, it isn’t that appropriate for concrete pools, both above-ground and in-ground. And the larger the pool, the more swimming pool care is required when filling it.
For example, failing to fill a newly plastered concrete pool will cause its plaster to shrink and crack. And failing to fill it in an inconsistent manner could stain its walls. To properly fill a newly plastered pool, you mustn’t stop once you start the “bottom-up procedure”. Stopping and restarting the process of filling a concrete pool will etch water lines onto its plaster while allowing the water to splash into the pool will stain its sides. That’s why it’s so important to follow swimming pool care instructions and fill it with a hose long enough to lie on a pool’s floor. Shorter hoses will splash water all over the place and stain a pool to the point that it looks dirty when it really isn’t.
Of course one of the biggest challenges in filling a pool is accommodating a large size. If a small 15-foot pool can hold 5,000 gallons of water, imagine how much water a 40-foot long swimming pool can hold. (It could be a whopping 35,000 gallons!) Depending on the size of your pool, a simple water hose may suffice. But if your pool wasn’t purchased from a toy store, chances are local water restrictions and rates will affect you.
Why? Filling a large pool could literally take days and the problem with this part of swimming pool care is cost. Contingent upon the regulations of your community, you could face hundred dollar fees that range from water usage to sewer usage. Some communities will give you a break and only charge you for filling a pool while other communities will charge you for filling and emptying one. You must therefore ask about installing a diversion meter into your plumbing supply. If you can get one, you can reduce your costs since this meter will monitor water going “in” vs. water going “out,” and only charge you based on inflow.
If you think that this meter is unnecessary, think again. The fees associated with a pool’s outflow can be more expensive than the meter itself! And filling one with a regular water hose can be just as expensive.
Remember that it can take anywhere from a single day to a full workweek to fill a large swimming pool. That’s going to send your water bill through the roof and it will use up resources reserved for others. Save yourself a lot more money and neighborhood friendships by purchasing water delivered in a tanker truck instead. A tanker truck can fill your pool for about $35 dollars per 1000 gallons. For a 35,000 gallon pool, that only amounts to a mere grand.