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Environmental Issues

How often do you think water is changed in Indian pools? Go on, take a guess.

Let's give you a hint. World over, people drain the pool and change the water only every couple of years.

So, what do you think is the scenario in India? Well, here, 80 % of all the pools have their water changed almost every fortnight! That's right. Every. Fifteen. Days.

You might be asking yourself why Indian pool builders do not respect this scarce and most essential of all resources: water! Especially, given that the renewal process costs a bomb every time.

That is a fair question. We were also curious as to why in this age of smart technology, companies allow pool buyers to run such inefficient systems and make customers shell out loads of cash for upkeep.

We dug around a bit and came up with astonishing discoveries about the pool-building systems in India! To keep it simple, we will quickly list some key discoveries:

Reasons why you, the consumer, suffer!
  • Young industry, unqualified players: The pool industry is at a nascent stage in India. A lot of players participate in the construction of only a couple of pools and think they have arrived! They commit to projects without knowing the scope of the undertaking. Initially, you will be given a certain figure; this is to get you in the door. But you can be sure, by the time your pool is up and working, your costs would have grown 50 per cent!
  • You are deliberately kept in the dark: If you as a pool owner know the right questions to ask, would you quietly accept whatever is given to you? We think, not.

    A lot of companies look at customers as cash cow to be milked constantly for the organization's growth. The more you have to rely on them, the more business they get from you. And that, too, regularly.

    So, why would they want to educate customers who will then go on to demand the most efficient solutions?
  • Lack of regulatory or licensing authorities: At the moment, the pool industry in India is unstructured. There is no regulatory or licensing authority. There are also no clear guidelines to follow. So, anyone can twist the process to suit their goals of making profit. And what is saddest is these so-called "professionals" do not even have enough knowledge to know that they don't know.

Why does this happen?

A quick look at what happens behind the scenes:
  • With no entry barrier, anybody with a little to no exposure to pool building takes up the job.
  • Usually, the price quoted by these unqualified players is way below the actuals that should be quoted for a given pool. That way, these folks can cut the corners to lower the cost by compromising on quality and later also charge exorbitantly for maintenance . Double profit!!

    For example, if there are constant problems with filtration, then though the maintenance charges would take care of it, the fact remains that you were not given a quality product right at the outset. But, you were charged for it!
  • Lastly, the reason we continue in this sad state of affairs is that our country does not has a system in place to discriminate between right pool professionals and fly by night hookers , i.e. we don't have any code or regulations to check quality compromises.

So, how does all this affect you who have to live with the pool every day?

  • You become the proud owner of a pool with a malfunctioning filtration system where the plumbing and filtration cannot efficiently handle the cleaning of pool water.
  • This means you are stuck with water that is always riddled with dirt and potential diseases. Not to forget the fact that the pool would consume high amounts of electricity to run the pump for the filter longer. And just to add to the problems, should you decide to sanitize the pool with more chemicals, you end up dumping too many chemicals into the water. This will bring in its own set of problems, but let's just stop here for sanity's sake.

    But, obviously, now you have no choice but to change the water.
  • Another prime reason why water needs to be changed so frequently is faulty pool structure. Imagine a leaky bath tub. Wouldn't you constantly be filling it with fresh water? Same here.

    If you build for seepages and leakages, you are building for constant water drain. And to top the trouble, you would again have to constantly keep adding chemicals to maintain the free residual chlorine and ph levels of the water.

In either of the cases (faulty filtration or poor design), you end up changing the water of the pool every week or fortnight. You might as well build two efficient pools with the same amount.

So, are you doomed? What can you do about this?

Your pool is only as good as the professional you choose. And how do you make sure that your choice of builder is worth the investment? We have put together a few points for you to get an idea of the right questions to ask when making a final choice.
  • What completed projects can the professional you are considering show you? How can they ensure that these pools are up to the mark?
  • What latest energy- and cost-efficient methods are they equipped with and how well do they keep themselves updated with the latest that is happening in the pool industry?
  • Can they get you to speak to their clients? What is the feedback the clients share with you? How often do the clients have to change the water in their pool?
  • What are these pool builder's credentials in the pool industry - how are they rated among the peers and vendors in the industry ? The effort is worth the pain as this is the pool that you are going to live with .

We hope these questions will help you navigate the muddy waters of choosing efficient pools.

Finally, do remember, a pool is an investment. Make yours pay you dividends of happiness, not make you shed water.