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The Price of Pools

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Wichita Falls, TX - Texomans wanting to open a pool may have second thoughts due to the cost of importing and treating well water. Second to a house, a swimming pool can be a person’s second largest investment. If Texoma enters a stage five drought catastrophe, the price tag for operating and maintaining a pool will be even more expensive.

Paul Buckingham, owner of outback Pools, Spas and supplies, says that proper maintenance will save Texomans a lot of heartache this summer.

Buckingham says a typical pool holds between 20,000 to 25,000 gallons of water. This is about 100 tons of weight and when you take 100 tons of weight out of a pool, the structure is now susceptible to damage.

Buckingham calculated the cost of importing well water for pool use close to two thousand dollars.

“It depends on the distance,” says Buckingham. “Locally you’re going to have to spend 200 to 250 dollars today for three thousand gallons of water. So, if you have a 20,000 gallon pool you’re going to need seven loads.”

Well water has excess minerals, trace mills and salt which add to the cost of maintenance. Buckingham says treating the water will cost Texomans an extra fifty dollars per month.

“We’re recommending that people take the opportunity to add as much free water as they can and the free water is rain water,” says Buckingham. “Just by harvesting water from your roof you can add six to 800 gallons of water depending on the square footage.”