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Filling a pool

We just bought a backyard inflatable swimming pool. My husband insists there’s a better way to fill it with 1000 gallons of water than the garden hose.

From what I can calculate, it’d cost us about $100 to fill it that way. Can anyone weigh in? Any better ideas?

11 Comment(s)

  1. Bucket brigade to Lake Superior.

    adam | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  2. $100 seems a bit high -- we work with a 30,000 gallon pool in the Twin Cities and have seen it cost about $300-400. Various city water rates may differ.

    heyburt | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Use the neighbor’s garden house instead?

    Tom | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  4. A normal rain fills all 5 of my 50-gallon rain barrels. If you ran gutters from your roof …

    banjo tom | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  5. Perhaps it’s paranoia, but I’d be a little skeeved out at the notion of swimming in water that ran off the roof. On the other hand, I guess I swim in lakes full of dirty fish and birds all the time.

    The Big E | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  6. $100 for 1,000 gallons of water? Is that what the cost of city water is? That sounds really high. I know people who have filled pools that large and they didn’t get any sticker shock like that. Call Comfort Systems and see if they can give you an estimate:

    ComfortSystems Customer Service
    520 Garfield Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
    Monday-Friday, excluding holidays


    Otherwise, see the previous post, and seriously do a rain-diversion system from your roof and fill it free from nature. Rainwater from your roof should be really clean, and no worries. :)

    TonyRogers99 | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Yeah, I’m a princess when it comes to swimming. I like filtration. Plus, we just missed a good rainstorm with a nice sunny weekend coming up. So I’m not sure about the rainwater thing…though I do intend to use the water productively when we empty the pool.

    My $100 estimate came from my Comfort Systems bill and their rate sheet. I may give them a call. Or I may wait till the hubs leaves for work, and then just fill it anyway and DAMN THE TORPEDOES.

    jessige | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  8. Given Comfort Systems’ rate of $8.64/CCF for residential service ($3.12/CCF for the water, $5.52/CCF sewer surcharge) , it should cost about $11.50 to fill a 1000 gallon pool.

    jaustin | Jul 27, 2012 | New Comment
  9. Jaustin’s numbers are right. Those pesky decimal points sure change things, don’t they?

    its like Durian | Jul 28, 2012 | New Comment
  10. I am currently experiencing intense math shame.

    jessige | Jul 28, 2012 | New Comment
  11. I’m not sure if it is still the case, but you can also call Comfort Systems and let them know if you are using large amounts of water that won’t be going down the drain and they will reduce the charge. A few years ago I accidentally left my hose on for a few days in the garden and once I found it I called right away and they were able to not charge me for the sewer discharge for that water.

    wskyline | Aug 7, 2012 | New Comment

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