Your swimming pool is a valuable water source when faced with drought conditions and water restrictions. Remember to maintain the correct water balances and run your pool pump/filter optimally to keep your pool sparkling blue pool.

Consider alternative water sources when topping up your pool

Source How to treat before adding to pool
Backwash water Collect water in suitable container - Restrict access to prevent container becoming a drowning hazard.
Calculate and add the correct amount of HTH® Extreme Flocc (NB: 1L of HTH® Extreme Flocc treats 50 000L of pool water)
Stir thoroughly
Allow to stand for 24 hours. Debris will accumulate at the base of the container.
Add water to the pool, ensuring that the debris remains in the container.
Resume Basic Pool Care routine
Divert the debris from the container into the garden
Borehole water Add 2 L of HTH® Metal Remover per 50 000L pool to prevent stains on your lining
Follow on-pack directions
Well point water Add 2 L of HTH® Metal Remover per 50 000L pool to prevent stains on your lining
Follow on-pack directions
Rain water Collect water in a suitable container
Prevent roof contaminants from the container by using a device to filter out debris
Leave water to stand to allow debris to settle to the bottom of the container
Add water to the pool, ensuring that debris remains in the container
Correct pH and shock treat your pool water (refer Basic pool Care)
Grey water Greywater is recycled bath, shower, basin and laundry water
Do not add Grey water to your pool, as the oil/fats/detergents will float
Do not add Grey water to your pool, as the oil/fats/detergents will float on the surface of the pool, cause scrum on the tile and compromise the effectiveness of your pool filtration system

How to keep your pool sparkling blue?

Source Basic Pool Maintenance
Maintain Levels

To prevent staining & damage to linings & fittings
pH: 7.2 – 7.6 in marbelite pools or 7.0 – 7.2 in fiberglass pools. Test weekly
Chlorine: 1 – 3ppm. Test weekly
Total Alkalinity (TA): 80 – 120ppm. Test monthly
Stabiliser (cyanuric acid) < 50ppm . Test at least once per season
Copper/Iron: 0. Test once per season.
Filter Summer: 12 hours per night
Winter: 6-8 Hours per night
NB: Filtering hours may vary due to pool volume and pump/filter throughput.
Backwash/Rinse Backwash the filter every 2 weeks or when the automatic pool cleaner becomes sluggish.
Backwash the filter for 2 minutes
Rinse the filter for 20 seconds
Remove Debris Clean pump and weir baskets weekly
Brush pool walls & floor weekly
Shock To treat algae, discoloured water or due to extreme conditions ( i.e. extreme weather, high bather load, etc.)
Test and adjust pH
With pump running on filter setting
Add 3x normal dose of HTH® Granular+ or 1 bag of HTH® Shock It
Test & correct pH after 12 hours. Only enter pool water when chlorine level is <3ppm.

Important Do’s & DONT’s

Do's Dont's
DO cover your pool – you can conserve up to 95% of water lost through evaporation DON’T Leave pool water untreated – contaminated water is a health and drowning risk and a breeding place for mosquitos.
DO test your Stabiliser levels regular – if too high, switch to using HTH® Granular+ Mineralsoft which is Non-Stabilised DON’T over-stabilise your pool water – this will result in having to drain a portion of pool water. Test with HTH® Quick test strips.
DO turn off water features in your pool to reduce evaporation. DON’T empty your pool – there is a risk that the pool surface may crack, and the pool shell may lift out of the ground.
DO fix water leaks to prevent unnecessary water loss. DON’T add “grey water” directly to your pool.
DO reduce splash-out – curb boisterous activities in the pool. DON’T allow pets to swim – this requires additional filtration and backwashing.