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        Pools use Less Water than you Might Think

        California's Drought and the Pool Industry in 2015

        Pool Industry Compared to Other Industries

        Economic Sector?$ (GSP 2001) / Acre Foot of Water
        Rice$58
        Alfalfa$65
        Cotton$252
        Total Agriculture$893
        Orchards$927
        Vineyard$1,510
        Fruits & Vegetables$3,585
        Schools$36,378
        Food Processing$88,784
        Paper & Mills$124,045
        Petroleum Refining$162,274
        Total Commercial$547,153
        Total Industrial$574,923
        Swimming Pools$903,226
        Hi-Tech$949,614

        Jobs Created per Industry by Water Use

        Economic SectorJobs per 1,000 Acre Feet of Water
        ?Rice?1
        ?Cotton?3
        ?Almond / Pistachio?6
        ?Total Agriculture?12
        ?Fruits & Vegetables?18
        ?Vineyard?35
        ?Petroleum Refining?195
        ?Schools?1,000
        ?Food Processing?1,081
        ?Office Buildings?2,509
        ?Semiconductors?9,013
        ?Retail Stores?10,428
        ?Swimming Pools?11,797

        Actual Water Use of Average Pool

        An average pool covers 1,200 Square Feet of Yard (475 Square Feet (Pool) + 725 Square Feet of (Concrete))

        • Year 1 average pool water use:
          Average Pool Fill (18,000) + Make-up water (14,000) = 32,000
        • Water used for 1,200 sq. ft. lawn: 44,000
        • Water savings in Fill Year: 12,000 per pool
        • Water savings every year thereafter: 30,000 per pool

        Cumulative Water Use Comparison of Pool vs. Landscape (Gallons):

        Pool
        without Cover
        Pool
        with Cover
        Traditional
        Landscape
        CA Friendly
        Landscape
        Year 1?32,561?26,643?28,035?16,821
        ?Year 2?47,358?35,521?56,070?33,642
        ?Year 3?62,154?44,398?84,105?50,463
        ?Year 4?76,950?53,276?112,140?67,284
        ?Year 5?91,746?62,154?140,175?84,105
        ?5 Year Water Cost?$307?$208?$468?$281

        Summary of the State-Wide Economic Impact of Pool Construction in 2013

        In-Ground Pools Built?12,649
        ?Revenue for In-Ground Pools Built$ 554,944,636
        ?Jobs?8,234
        ?State Tax Impact (Payroll, Business, Increased Property Taxes)?$143,248,170
        ?Total Acre Feet of Water to Fill Pools?698
        ?Revenue per Acre Foot?$795,049
        ?State Tax Dollars per Acre Foot?$205,226
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