Get The Facts

Get The Facts


Texas is facing unprecedented drought conditions. Pool and spa owners and industry representatives are doing their part to conserve.

FACT: The pool and spa industry is an important part of our state’s economy. From the tens of thousands of small business owners and employees to the millions of dollars in economic output, the pool and spa industry helps strengthen the Texas economy.

  1. Pool construction alone employs hundreds of local residents, requires permit fees and employee payroll taxes be paid, which all help to stimulate local economies.
  2. In fact, recent studies suggest the local economy receives $1 million per acre foot of water used to fill a pool.
  3. In addition, pool service companies and pool/spa retail stores employ hundreds more in each locality adding to payroll and sales tax revenues plus all of the businesses that support them.

FACT: Pool and spas are not water wasters. In fact, a well-maintained pool or spa uses less water per day than an irrigated lawn. Most pool designs include more than just the pool itself; wooden or concrete decks also replace traditional landscaping and the need for water.

  1. Filling pools takes up only a tiny fraction of a region’s one-day water usage.
  2. In fact, recent studies of pool construction suggest the local economy receives $1 million per acre foot of water used to fill a pool.
  3. Even building and filling a new pool requires less water than a lawn. On average, water use, including filling, in the first year a pool is installed is 26,250 gallons. An 800 square-foot lawn uses approximately 30,000 gallons per year.
  4. Average water savings for first year (including filling the pool): 3,750 gallons
  5. Average water savings for subsequent years: 18,000 gallons

Water districts should not pass restrictions that affect just one industry. When water districts propose regulations affecting just pool and spa owners, they are promoting a policy that will adversely impact just one industry. From builders to suppliers to maintenance workers, the pool and spa industry is composed of local small, often minority-owned, businesses. Imposing such industry-specific regulations will put hundreds of local workers out of business and mean less money for local governments that rely on money from building permits.