Owning a pool should be mandatory!
Swimming pools provide a central place for family fun & exercise, life-long memories and so much more. In fact, swimming pools - any kind of pool aboveground, inground, onground - are not just a symbol of luxury for the rich, they provide real functionality in times of distress or emergency.
In times of drought, swimming pools often times get a bad rap for "using" or "wasting" water. Nothing could be further from the truth!
The fact of the matter is that pools DO NOT use water. Swimming pools conserve water. That's right, the water comes out of the "system" & is put into the pool for swimming and recreation.
Compare that to most any other appliance that uses water. A toilet uses between 1 (many commercial urinals) and 10 gallons per flush (do the math your family & you'll be surprised, and maybe shocked as to how much water your family uses - remember that the "new" toilets may need additional flushing). It comes into the bowl, then goes out to the sewer or septice system. A washing machine or dishwasher takes in about 10 to 30 gallons, does it's rinsing, then washing, then perhaps a second rinse and is then disposed of in the sewer or septic.
We haven't even talked about showering or cooking or car washing or lawn watering. All of those are examples of water USE. Your family of 4 will average about 100 - 150 gallons of water use per DAY! That's almost 1,000 gallons per week or about 50,000 gallons per year. That's 2 to 3 pools worth of water every single year.
Swimming pools only "use" water when the filter is backwashed or somehow the water is drained from the pool and disposed of. Otherwise, the pool water is filtered, chemically treated, and basically purified.
In case of a severe emergency, your pool is a reservoir of clean, potable water that can be used for a variety of purposes. Cooking, cleaning, drinking. Not only can you provide for your own family, but you may also be a life line to your neighbors.
Today, there are a growing number of "greener" pool chemicals. Since they're easier on the environment, they'll be easier on you & your body too.
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