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Old 04-14-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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I saw some lively traffic about pool leaks and refilling/topping off pools in this space. My question would be best answered by someone familiar with Cape Coral water, but of course I appreciate any informed feedback. We have very expensive water in Cape Coral, especially when we go over a certain gallonage per month. Now we have been chasing down pool leaks for a few months and getting killed on the constant topping off of our 25x12, 48 inch deep kidney shaped pool. We have a separate water supply for irrigation that is not charged per gallon but on a flat rate for as much as we use per month. We can easily hook a hose to it, but we've been afraid to introduce that water into our pool. ON the one hand, logic says, use that water, IT'S NOT BROWN, it's clear, there's not even a strong smell. and we're filtering it through paper and treating it with chlorine. ON the other hand...is it safe? Is it smart?
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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The irrigation water that the city provides for you is run off water. So it has oil and whatever was on the road when it rained.
I used a hose hooked up to that water to water plants around the house. In a short time the residue in the water had ruined my hose nozzle and I could not even get it off the hose.
I can only imagine what it would do to pool pumps.
I have never tried it in a pool so maybe someone else can be more specific.
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:39 PM
 
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Thanks for your input. It makes sense because our irrigation system is also not working properly, I hadn't really put 2 and 2 together that the irrigation water was possibly fouling the lawn sprinkler plumbing. But we hooked up a regular little lawn sprinkler to water our banana trees and its coming out of there pretty clean. I think I'll do a dissolved solids, chlorine, and acidity test on the irrigation water just for the hell of it!
Hopefully we'll get the pool leak fixed and wont have to pay $120 a month just to keep the pool full!
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Deep 13
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I would advise not using the irrigation water for the reasons that Mr. CC listed. I know nothing of CC's irrigation water supply, but the purple-piped stuff in Phoenix came from water treatment plants. It would be one thing to top off your pool in an emergency, but if you are doing it constantly, you will will eventually have an irrigation pool. Lord knows what the mineral content of it is.

I would work more on finding that leak(s). What methods have you tried to find them? Do you think it's in the pool itself or the lines?

If you are pressed to use irrigation water, at least try to see what it's made of.
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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I thought the irrigation was reclaimed sewage.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
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Originally Posted by capecoralanthony View Post
I saw some lively traffic about pool leaks and refilling/topping off pools in this space. My question would be best answered by someone familiar with Cape Coral water, but of course I appreciate any informed feedback. We have very expensive water in Cape Coral, especially when we go over a certain gallonage per month. Now we have been chasing down pool leaks for a few months and getting killed on the constant topping off of our 25x12, 48 inch deep kidney shaped pool. We have a separate water supply for irrigation that is not charged per gallon but on a flat rate for as much as we use per month. We can easily hook a hose to it, but we've been afraid to introduce that water into our pool. ON the one hand, logic says, use that water, IT'S NOT BROWN, it's clear, there's not even a strong smell. and we're filtering it through paper and treating it with chlorine. ON the other hand...is it safe? Is it smart?
We used it when we rented our duplex and I know our neighbors filled their whole pool with it (much to the consternation of the pool company who had to use a ton of chemicals to the PH balanced). There's nothing wrong with it once it's treated.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:31 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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On the bright side rainy season is around the corner and then your pool will be overflowing. No I would not use reclaimed water in your pool. It's not worth taking a chance especially if you or your kids are swimming and swallow some. Not sure how much the chlorine in the pool will clean that reclaimed water.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:35 AM
 
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I had a leak in my pool in Fort Myers. I was topping off about an inch (70 gallons) a day. Long story short, the leak was located at the skimmer throat. My pool guy noticed that the water level would never go any lower than the skimmer. The pool company recommended I call a company called Hydro Scott Florida Leak Detection | Florida Pool Leak Detection. The repair only cost me $350 compared to hundreds I wasted topping off!
I can highly recommend these guys. Their prices were very reasonable. They did a pro job. Don't waste your money, fix the leak!

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Old 04-16-2016, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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You can not use reclaimed sewerage water in your pool. I use my well water to top off the pool. All homes built prior to the city installation of water lines had wells. Many are unused. If your house was built before the mid 1990's you have a well. Of course many homes still have wells where city water is not yet available. If you don't know where your well is, the city will come to your home and locate it for you. I had to refurbish mine for $1500 but I think in about three years it paid for itself.

"The city will also start looking at properties that are illegally using the reclaimed water for such things as filling a pool, and even using the reclaimed water for household uses. Beyond the fact, it is illegal to use the reclaimed water for such uses, Cassidy said using the water for such purposes poses a serious health risk.."
http://capecoral.com/content/city-pr...watering-abuse
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:47 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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You can not use reclaimed sewerage water in your pool. I use my well water to top off the pool. All homes built prior to the city installation of water lines had wells. Many are unused. If your house was built before the mid 1990's you have a well. Of course many homes still have wells where city water is not yet available. If you don't know where your well is, the city will come to your home and locate it for you. I had to refurbish mine for $1500 but I think in about three years it paid for itself.

"The city will also start looking at properties that are illegally using the reclaimed water for such things as filling a pool, and even using the reclaimed water for household uses. Beyond the fact, it is illegal to use the reclaimed water for such uses, Cassidy said using the water for such purposes poses a serious health risk.."
http://capecoral.com/content/city-pr...watering-abuse
I would also think it's possible to have a well dug for irrigation and water for the pool. When we lived in Miami, that is mostly what people did, and from what I could see the water there was cheaper than it is in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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