Over the years, industry has had to address false perceptions about pools and hot tubs and their water usage. This was in response to proposed bans on building or filling pools and hot tubs in times of drought. This has occurred in California, Georgia, and Texas, as well as other localities. In response, the industry has developed information on water conservation tips and provided accurate information on our water usage footprint. Outreach to government officials and water agencies have occurred to: (1) inform them of the true water usage, (2) explain how standards and codes have provided for products that provide for water conservation, and (3) describe the potential economic impact of restricting construction. It is imperative to get accurate information to officials early on and be proactive in addressing drought restrictions by providing information on industry water conservation tips.
Water conservation methods have grown in importance with drought restrictions having been put in place in areas across the country that have experienced extreme drought. The issue for the industry is how to prevent bans on building new pools and filling both new and existing pools and spas. PHTA strongly supports water conservation and has developed an ANSI/APSP/ICC Water Conservation Standard and other water-saving tips to ensure officials have technically accurate rationale and consistent measures for states and code-making bodies to utilize. PHTA opposes water restrictions that prohibit topping off pools because stagnant pools pose a health risk. Swimming pools also provide first responders with a water source in emergency situations.