California drought worries pool industry

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The drought in California has made waves in the state's swimming pool industry.

More than three dozen water districts have placed some kind of restrictions on swimming pool water and the industry worries that future restrictions could mean changes in their business.

The industry took a huge hit during the recession and is just recovering.

Now, some water districts are placing strict new guidelines on using drinking water to fill or refill pools and ordering conservation techniques for existing pools.

Those in the business are looking at everything from using huge plastic bladders to reuse pool water to new technologies to prevent evaporation.

Industry lobbyists are also fighting back with research that says by the third year after installation, a pool uses less water than a traditional lawn.