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Filling up Pool - Hose vs Trucking in Water

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Filling up Pool - Hose vs Trucking in Water

We have received mixed advice from the different pool companies. We got quotes from 4 different companies and it was a 50/50 split.

1. Have the water trucked in. It fills up the pool quicker and costs the same amount if using your hose. When you use your hose you have to pay sewer fees. The water truck gets water at a discounted price, however you have to pay for delivery. So the saving in sewer fees covers the delivery.

2. The water truck get water for the same price that you pay getting water out of your hose. You also have to pay for delivery of the water with a water truck. So the cheaper option is to fill the pool yourself. The quicker option is to use a water truck, but it costs you more (delivery charge).

Which is correct?
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And when you made your own calculations, what number did you come up with? That's the only way to know which one is cheaper.
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You don't say if you're filling an empty pool or topping it up after opening in the Spring.

When we had our pool installed, we trucked in - it's waaaay faster and you can supervise how the incoming water seats your vinyl liner (I wouldn't want to have to sit by and watch a pool get filled with a hose!). We ended up using the hose to supplement at the time installation because we needed a portion of a tank load at the end and companies don't have a price for part loads.

We're on a well so, while there's minimal direct cost associated with usage, we also wouldn't want to tax our well by filling a 100k+ L pool. Also, since we use a (permeable) winter safety cover, we rarely have to put much into our pool in the Spring - and therefore rely solely on the hose when we do need to top up the pool.
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My buddy had the water trucked in as well! Took 5 trucks to fill it up.
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Most people use a water truck to fill the pool when new and their garden hose to top it up in the spring after it is opened.
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Can't you just use the nearest fire hydrant? :lol:
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im curouis, do you drain a pool in the fall? wouldnt the water freeze, expand, and cause damage.

never owned a pool, just curouis.

Sounds expensive to own a pool
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Water truck sounds ridiculous, theres alot of pools in my neighbourhood and we have one too, and I've never seen anyone use anything other than the hose in their backyards
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rocking23nf wrote:
Aug 15th, 2010 12:11 pm
im curouis, do you drain a pool in the fall? wouldnt the water freeze, expand, and cause damage.

never owned a pool, just curouis.

Sounds expensive to own a pool
Pool is only drained down to the supply lines in the fall. This is the only way to blow out the lines. Freezing the lines would be catastrophic. Otherwise, the pool does not really need to be drained at all.

Yes owning a pool is expensive. The water is not the expense. The gas to heat it is the big expense, followed by chemicals.
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rocking23nf wrote:
Aug 15th, 2010 12:11 pm
im curouis, do you drain a pool in the fall? wouldnt the water freeze, expand, and cause damage.

never owned a pool, just curouis.

Sounds expensive to own a pool
Remember the ground freezes too so it's not that big a deal if it does freeze. The most important thing is to remove the water from the pipes (so you need to drain the pool below that level) since they are more prone to cracking during the freeze/thaw process. Yes, owning a pool can be very expensive and time consuming.
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Jamie_Canuck wrote:
Aug 15th, 2010 12:04 pm
Can't you just use the nearest fire hydrant? :lol:
Funny that you say that cause I noticed a water truck a few weeks ago filing at a fire hydrant!
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I have a fire hydrant on the corner of my lot.

I also have a buddy that is a Fire fighter.

However, I would think this would be illegal :D And in London, someone would be calling the City within about 30 secs.
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michelb wrote:
Aug 16th, 2010 8:50 am
Funny that you say that cause I noticed a water truck a few weeks ago filing at a fire hydrant!
did you also notice that the hydrant had a meter and bunch of valves hooked up to it? The water truck company pays for that water and the meter is hooked up to the hydrant for them so they can be charged for the water
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