Swimming pool industry sees a service revenue stream

johnboy 19 January 2007 22

The ABC reports that the clever clogs in the swimming pool industry have realised there’s a huge service industry to be had from water restrictions.

If they can get permission to use recycled water in swimming pools there’s huge money to be had out of tanking the water out to the pool owners, where once they filled from the tap.

The one thing holding back this brave new world is that people tend to drink (albeit accidentally) the water in pools so the taxpayer would have to stump up for an upgrade to the water recycling plant. (And then there’s the minor matter that water taken from the Lower Molonglo would have to be made up from the drinking water reservoirs to maintain environmental flows in the Murrumbidgee River)


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Big Al Big Al 5:22 pm 19 Jan 07

Why the hell would you want to use recycled water to fill a pool? You’d just buy a tanker full. It’s your water once you’ve bought it from a third party provider and it costs next to bugger all.

I paid $220 for 20,000Lt of drinking water just before Chritmas for our place in East Gippsland. The guy driving the tanker reckons that nearly $200 of that would have been the cost for the tanker.

emd emd 4:20 pm 19 Jan 07

Alternatively they could price the water and let people make up their own minds

Yes, I like this one too. As long as there’s a basic survival ration at the current low prices.

Sammy Sammy 2:14 pm 19 Jan 07

Alternatively they could price the water and let people make up their own minds

That sounds like the most sensible alternative. Market forces are a wonderful regulator (sometimes).

johnboy johnboy 1:31 pm 19 Jan 07

Well they could demand the pool owners empty them out,

but I think that’s a lobby too powerful.

Alternatively they could price the water and let people make up their own minds as to what they want to do.

But that would mean the Government’s ability to play god would be reduced, so no chance of that.

Deano Deano 1:26 pm 19 Jan 07

And then there’s the minor matter that water taken from the Lower Molonglo would have to be made up from the drinking water reservoirs to maintain environmental flows in the Murrumbidgee River)

So really its a no win solution from the point of view of water consumption – just another government mandated impost on pool owners.

Sammy Sammy 1:07 pm 19 Jan 07

We have the technology

At the media launch, the theme of the Six Million Dollar Man was playing in the background.

Sammy Sammy 1:05 pm 19 Jan 07

The ‘pool industry’ says:

“We have the technology”

smokey4 smokey4 1:02 pm 19 Jan 07

A document worth reading is http://www.lwa.gov.au/downloads/publications_pdf/PX061131.pdf

This lists Australian guidelines and other sites.
Much of this is that even class A is only to be used in accordance with what the local water authority says you can use it for. They are fairly conservative as they do not want to take responsibility if things go pear shaped. Is this recycled water at Class A or a lower level ie B or C ?

The pool domestic pool industry will become extinct if the current drought continues no matter what action is taken.

Internal spa pools are another matter and do not filter water so use far more water.

I spent 3 years in the water industry down south and heavy water users either had a swimming pool, teenage daughters or disabled (incontinent) children or dodgy leaking plumbing.

emd emd 11:38 am 19 Jan 07

I reckon the pool people could make money by trucking in the recycled water AND selling more chemicals to make it swimming-safe. Win-win.

Sammy Sammy 11:21 am 19 Jan 07

Specifically they’re not filtering for giardia or chryptosporidium

Which are found in pools anyway, hence the purpose of pool maintenance. The US Center for Disease Control website has some good information on this.

Maelinar Maelinar 11:10 am 19 Jan 07

Oh thats what that pipe is for going up the Clyde…

Thumper Thumper 10:36 am 19 Jan 07

Come on Nik,

everyone knows they shop the salt water in from batemans bay….

johnboy johnboy 10:31 am 19 Jan 07

engage reading mode please sammy.

The grade of water that can be sprayed on building sites is not the grade you can drink (and we all ingest a bit at the pool)

Specifically they’re not filtering for giardia or chryptosporidium, neither of which you want to cop as the result of a splash fight.

Sammy Sammy 10:28 am 19 Jan 07

Having seen the neighbours pool regularly rehabilitated from a bright-green, mosquito infested swamp, to a sparkling blue oasis in a matter of weeks, i’d be amazed if they couldn’t work out how to safely use the output from LM. But i’m no biochemist.

Sammy Sammy 10:26 am 19 Jan 07

The idea of taxpayers being lumped with upgrading costs to the recycling plant

I believe the plant at LM* has already been upgraded to allow bulk carriers to fill up. They implemented this for the water required at the GDE^.

* Lower Molonglo Poo-Works
^ Gungahlin Drive Extension

shauno shauno 10:26 am 19 Jan 07

yeah lol i know but you can use non potable water i guess thats the thing just because you cant drink it doesnt mean you cant use it for a pool thats what I ment to say by mentioning the salt water pool.

Sammy Sammy 10:25 am 19 Jan 07

Don’t know about you but my hose doesn’t fit a fire hydrant. What did you used to do?

I believe you applied to the ‘Department of Whoever It Was Back Then’ (late 1970’s) and they loaned you the appropriate fittings. Anyone else remember this happening?

Typsy McStaggers Typsy McStaggers 10:23 am 19 Jan 07

You mean I can’t carry buckets of salt water back from the beach? I can, and I will. Seriously, I think pool owners are just going to have to pay, and pay big, to get their pools filled. The idea of taxpayers being lumped with upgrading costs to the recycling plant, if only to appease pool owners, is just crazy and can’t possibly happen. I feel sorry for the pool builders but thats the reality of the times.

Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 10:13 am 19 Jan 07

shauno you goose!, they add the salt to the water in those pools, they don’t ship in salt water!

shauno shauno 10:10 am 19 Jan 07

yeah but what about salt water pools no probs there with drinking water

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