When it comes to swimming pools, there is no doubt that California has one of the biggest swimming pool industries in the country. From infinity pools to backyard pools, California has it all. But now, the swimming pool remodeling industry of California is facing a huge dilemma because this U.S. state is now heading to its fourth year of a drought condition coupled by the entering of the summer season which would make the temperature increasingly higher.
To cope with this problem, Gov. Jerry Brown had ordered unprecedented water restrictions in the state last month. This action has been designed to limit the use of water to 25 percent. However, there are also exemptions to the restrictions such as the use of water for agricultural purposes as it is essential to that sector.
Tuesday will be seeing the start of the State Water Resource Control Board’s hearing of the arguments for the amendments regarding the restrictions. They are also scheduled to vote the final regulations by the end of the week.
According to them, every drop of water they save will increase the chances of California coming through to a possible fifth year of drought.
The state’s fact sheet, Californians would have to make changes in their lifestyles in this fourth year of drought to conserve water in the case that the devastating drought condition continues. Restrictions will mostly include toilet water use, food preparation, showers and cleaning as well as the use of water for outdoor purposes.
Swimming pools are considered as an icon for Californian lifestyle. There are currently about 1.2 million private swimming pools and 300, 000 commercial swimming pools.
The pool and spa industry as a whole contributes about $5 billion to the state annually and last 2013, they had employed about 55, 000 people.
As a defense of the pool and spa industry’s effect on the environment, they say that a well-maintained pool or spa uses lesser water than that of irrigated lawns.
Currently, there haven’t been any restrictions on the filling of swimming pools but it could happen when local water suppliers decide on their conservation standard.