How to choose the best type of pool cover to save water


Water is so available yet so scarce. This is especially true when you consider the fact that more than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, yet only 1.7% of this water is considered fresh. Therefore, you realize that water is a precious resource that you must save. Furthermore, times are changing, and as the population grows, so does fresh water becomes scarce, hence the huge water bills.

If you own a swimming pool in your home, it’s in your best interest to invest in a pool cover to save the water. But what type of pool cover should you choose anyway?

(a) Pool covers for above-ground pools

In the case of above-ground pools, there is no surrounding structures in the area. So if you go with this type of pool cover, your options will be limited to either plastic, solid, insulated or bubble covers. You will use your hand to get it on or off the pool.

This type of pool cover will save you a great deal of water during hot days when it is likely to evaporate. However, when it gets wet, prepare to struggle with the heavy and cumbersome cover when removing it from the pool.

(b) In-ground pools

In-ground pools use the same covers with above-ground pools. But since they are surrounded by concrete or other materials, covers can be easily implemented through other means apart from the hand.

(c) The hand-cracked reel system

In this setup, the cover will attach to an aluminum tube which will be cracked by hand when exposing the pool. You will also use your hand when putting the cover back onto the pool.

In as much as this system is convenient, it can get very heavy when it’s wet, and in that case, you will need the effort of two people to operate it. Because of this effect, the covers are not as popular when it comes to saving pool water.

(d) Automatic pool covers

We love going automatic because it simply involved pushing a button situated somewhere in the house or in the pool area.

The automatic cover will put the cover on and off as a result of using a system that operates a track running on both sides of the pool. It takes seconds to cover/uncover your pool.

In conclusion

An automatic cover tends to be the best option for those who are looking to save water conveniently. Even though at first it seems like an expenisve option, you will save water, time with it in the long run. You will save money.