So, you’ve just had your pool constructed or drained, and now the burning question is: how long will it take to fill it up? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll explore the different methods of filling your pool and how long each one takes. Let’s dive right in!
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The Quickest Ways to Fill Your Pool
After new pool construction or draining, there are four main ways to fill your pool. Here they are, along with their respective timeframes:
- Fire Hydrant Access using a fire hose (10,000 Gallons in 60 minutes)
- Water Truck Delivery (45 Minutes for 6000 Gallons)
- Using Multiple Hoses to fill your pool with City Water (25 hours for 10,000 Gallons)
- Using your well to fill your pool (25 hours for 10,000 Gallons)
As you can see, the fastest option is using a fire hydrant, which can fill 10,000 gallons of water in just over 60 minutes. Water truck delivery is another efficient method, taking around 45 minutes to fill 6,000 gallons. On the other hand, using city water with multiple hoses or your own well will take approximately 25 hours to fill a 10,000-gallon pool.
How Fast Will Your Pool Fill Up Using Each Method?
To give you a better idea of the time required to fill your pool, let’s take a look at this table:
|Pool Filling Method||5,000 Gallons||10,000 Gallons||20,000 Gallons||30,000 Gallons|
As you can see, the table provides estimated times for different pool sizes. Keep in mind that these times are approximate, but they should give you a rough idea of what to expect.
Using Fire Hydrant or Fire Truck to Fill Your Pool
Using a fire hydrant or fire truck is by far the quickest method to fill your pool. However, there are a few things to consider. First, you need to find out if this service is available in your municipality. If it is, the water that comes out of the hydrant can be dirty and filled with contaminants like minerals and sediment. This means you’ll need to spend some time cleaning and balancing the water before it’s ready for swimming.
As you can see from the image above, water delivered from a fire truck may also contain algae or bacteria. Cleaning and shocking your pool might take a few days, depending on your local water quality. Despite its speed, this method has some drawbacks, such as potential damage to your pool liner or tile. Therefore, it receives a ranking of C- in my book. If you want to learn more about filling your pool with a fire hydrant, you can check out our other article.
Swimming Pool Water Delivery
Water delivery services are popular among many pool owners, although they can be quite expensive, especially in areas with water shortages and droughts. Some companies deliver municipal water obtained from fire hydrants, which may not be the best option due to possible contaminants. Other companies provide potable water, which still needs to be balanced but contains fewer minerals and sediment.
The most convenient option is ordering pre-chlorinated water, which can make your pool ready to swim in no time. However, this option is relatively rare and more costly. While you’ll still need to balance the water after testing it, it’s much faster and requires less effort compared to other methods.
It’s worth noting that the average cost of municipal water delivery by a water truck across the US is around $40-$60 per 1000 gallons.
Filling Your Pool Overnight with a Hose
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, filling your pool with a hose is the way to go. Although it’s the slowest method, it’s also the most common. The water from your house or well is safe for your pool, but you’ll still need to shock and balance it. Depending on your water quality, this process may take a few days. To speed up the filling time, you can use a splitter and two hoses, or even attach a filter to reduce mineral content.
In my opinion, using a hose is the best option if your water quality is good enough. It saves you money and ensures that your pool is ready for swimming without any major issues.
I hope this article has provided you with valuable information on the quickest ways to fill your pool. If you have any further questions, feel free to visit the 5 WS website for more helpful guides and resources. Happy swimming!