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Michelle Thomas, left, and her daughter, Kelly, cover their swimming pool in their backyard. Making sure the pool is covered during the day saves money because they don’t have to pay to heat it, and it slows water evaporation, too.

Cover pool, save water

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 - 12:00 am

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

•  Install a pool cover or spa cover to reduce evaporation.

On average, pools and spas lose 1/4 inch of water per day; double that in hot or windy weather. That adds up to more than 91 inches a year.

For a typical 12-by-24-foot pool, that’s about 16,250 gallons lost to evaporation. A pool cover can put a lid on that loss.

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Debbie Arrington

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