Monday, August 17, 2009

Can I save water but keep my pool?

Can I save water but still have a back yard swimming pool? Yes! The key to making a pool make sense is to reduce evaporation. The easiest way to do that is with an automatic pool cover. By only exposing the surface of the pool while you use it, you drastically cut down the amount of water loss and have the added benefit of keeping the pool significantly warmer.

Adding a pool cover does not mean you have to compromise on style. The pool shown is a vanishing edge pool with a natural stone waterwall. The silver line across the edge of the pool is the only evidence of a pool cover: this is the track the cover runs along as it seals closed. One very important design element is the motor that runs the pool cover. In this case, the motor is completely hidden in an underground vault, and the roof of the vault is cleverly disguised with concrete to match the pool edging and flagstone that merges into the adjacent patio.

Interested in a swimming pool of your own? We'd love to help! Please go to and fill in the contact us form. Sage Outdoor Designs is a San Diego landscape design firm. Our Principal, Kate Wiseman, has been a San Diego landscape designer for the past ten years- ask how she can help transform your garden into the one you always wanted.


  1. That is great to know that people can keep their pools and still help to save water. I know a lot of people that have pools and are at times worried that they have to get rid of it because of drought or other instances where water is scarce. Thanks!

  2. You're right, many times people think pool covers aren't stylish or useful. A really good way to keep water from evaporating in your pool is an automatic pool cover. Not to mention they add a safety measure for kids!