Using Swimming Pool Water for Plants

If the pool water does not contain chemicals, it may be used to water gardens. This guide is about using swimming pool water for plants.

June 18, 2007 Flag
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My daughter purchased a kiddie pool large enough to hold an adult sized raft. She sunbathes in the privacy of our yard (I already lectured her about sun damage) and it's less expensive than joining a country club.

But the reason I am writing about this pool is because sometimes the wind blows the cover off and it fills with leaves, dirt, twigs. I told her to let me know when it's time to change the water and I'd use it to water the veggie garden and plants.

Need to figure out a pump system because dragging that bucket back and forth is for the birds.

By Holly from Richardson, TX


Editor's Note: For pumping out the water, you could try using an aquarium siphon.

June 18, 20070 found this helpful

I would resort to a Siphon that one uses to get kerosene out of the can to put into the kerosene heater itself.

I am almost sure you could get a siphon at a propane dealer store or even WAlmart.

Good Luck!

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June 19, 20070 found this helpful

I am the world's biggest water recycler....BUT, I'd be more tempted ,with all the rainstorms in TX, to gaet a heavy-duty tarp and SAVE the POOL WaTER FOr

QUITE A WHILE. Did you know that YMCA's

and College pools are NEVER changed? At least that's what a few told me when I was doing research

on pool water testing as a young adult in my 30's!

They just keep chlorine in it and use a net to filter out any debris that might float out of the skimmer

basker. You should be able to save it for at least

a month? I'd use a heavy clear plastic tarp when not using it, and weight the four corners pulled snuggly down with small boulders/landscape rocks. That's

a LOT of water to have to tote, PERIOD, especially

with water restrictions in place during the Summer's in TX. If you have a special day to water, just let

the pool water be emptied on that day INTO THE YARD? You can haul a few watering cans to special pots or beds, right? Mosquitoes would be the bigger

concern right now, right? So, if you can have your

daughter to simply cover it each night, you'd save money/ labor on watering, and teach your child responsibility for the privilege of having a pool?

Remind her of all the billions of children around the

world that don't even have drinking water, much less

swimming/playing water? Or, have her to invite about four of her friends over to help tote the pool water AFTER swimming WITH her? Also, you could watch for an above ground pool filter system in the Greensheet being sold for peanuts because their pool got overused or became a headache? I sold one with a metal frame and motorized filtering system for $100. The liner had begun to get yucky at the water line, but the new folks didn't care. Good luck and God bless you both. : )

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June 19, 20070 found this helpful

Actually, the cover is weighted down with large rocks and bricks, and the wind has been so vicious it swept the cover off a few times. But then, we've had some unusual weather lately.

I threatened to buy stakes and nail that cover into the ground.

Right now the pool is empty.

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June 22, 20070 found this helpful

heyo a drill pump at the hardware store should be less than $10.00 and can be used by any cordless or corded drill.

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May 29, 2009 Flag
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I was wondering what will happen to my two week old tomato plants now that my neighbor has emptied his swimming pool and flooded my new garden site. Will the chlorine kill or hurt them and is there anything I can do to save them?

Hardiness Zone: 6b

By GELMAN from Jamestown, KY

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June 5, 20090 found this helpful
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Yes, chlorine will kill them dead. Chlorine is bleach. I suggest you get new plants, and test the soil for any chlorine residue. I would also suggest that you talk to your neighbour about emptying his pool so that it doesn't ruin your garden next year.

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June 5, 20090 found this helpful

I see in the archives I answered this in August, 2008 that I've been using pool water for years to water my potted plants and lawn..Well just to reiterate, I am still doing it with NO problems! When I shock the pool, I don't use the water for 48 hours. Works great and instead of just dumping an overfull pool, it goes to good use and conserves water! Jim in Jax

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June 5, 20130 found this helpful

There's a very simple answer to this problem. First test the level of chlorine in your pool. Then if it is high, you neutralise the chlorine to a safe level before using the water in your garden. Sodium thiosulfate can be used to neutralise chlorine. And it is readily available on eBay. Happy watering all!

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February 12, 2014 Flag
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I have a 10 ft splash pool. I don't use chlorine in my pool. I use Sanit-eazy which is supposed to be gentle on skin and eyes. Can anyone advise me if the water will be ok to use on my garden?


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February 14, 20140 found this helpful

I don't know what that product is, but if it is safe for humans to be in, I would think it would be fine for plants. You can water plants with grey water, so I don't see why your pool water wouldn't be perfectly fine.

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May 29, 2009 Flag
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I have a shortage of water at present and want to use my treated swimming pool water to water plants and trees. I am concerned that it may harm them. What thoughts do you have on this?

Amanda from Granada, Espana


Using Swimming Pool Water To Water Plants

Chlorine in pool water will kill your plants. It happened to a friend of mine when a neighbor drained his pool and the drainage killed his garden. (08/20/2008)

By bobdog

Using Swimming Pool Water To Water Plants

I've been using pool water for years for plants, potted plants and the lawn. I have a lot of plants in pots around the pool and I only use pool water for them. I have never had a problem. I presume this will work for you also, as long as your water isn't highly over chlorinated. When I shock the pool, I wait a day.

Jim in Jax (08/21/2008)

By smartfell-r

Using Swimming Pool Water To Water Plants

My sister watered her flowers with her pool water. Guess what? They all died. (08/21/2008)

By Sue

Using Swimming Pool Water To Water Plants

Pond water is the best, it has extra nutrients in it and you garden and flower will grow extremely big and healthy. I personally would not recommend pool water at all for the simple fact, I don't want to take the chance of losing any plants or gardening.(11/10/2008)

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