1. Swimming pools, spas and hot tubs are NOT water wasters. This fact has been confirmed by the state, numerous water districts and cities.
2. There are no state prohibitions on the use of public water to fill or refill pools or spas. This includes the governor’s proclamations and State Water Resources Control Board regulations.
3. Approximately 13,000 new pools will be built in California during 2015. The amount of water it will take to fill these new pools is approximately 8/1000 of 1 percent of just the state’s water used for urban purposes.
4. New swimming pools, spas and hot tubs use a tiny fraction of 1 percent of a city’s or water district’s annual water use. Generally, a rounding error! This fact has caused several cities that enacted bans on filling new pools to reverse their actions and prevented others from taking any action relative to swimming pools and spas.
5. Once built, swimming pools use about the same amount of water through evaporation as the same size area planted in drought-resistant landscaping. If the pool is covered when not in use, the pool will use 1/2 of the water than drought-resistant landscape, annually. Covered spas and hot tubs lose less than 5 percent of water due to evaporation since they are always covered to keep in the heat.
6. Bans on building new pools or prohibitions on filling new pools are highly discriminatory to this industry since they are not supported by the facts about water use by pools and spas and because there are no other water-use restrictions in most cities’ water shortage contingency plans that shut down an industry.
7. Self-contained spas and hot tubs use very little water. These units have built-in covers so they are always covered when not in use which means less than 5 percent annual evaporation. The average fill is 400 gallons which can last 6 to 12 months before refilling. Compared to indoor tubs, jetted tubs and long showers, spas and hot tubs are very water efficient.
8. The swimming pool, spa and hot tub industry supports the use of covers; turning off continuous flow automatic fill devises or replacing them with timed or weather based systems; use of water saving filters or other equipment; storing water in bladders, temporary pools or otherwise where possible when remodeling a pool or spa; and using new technology to clean chemicals and solid from pool water rather than dumping and refilling the pool.