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    Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    Hello
    Yes, it sounds crazy and perhaps is. But I ask other Miami forum members if anyone has used well water to fill up their pool? Will my chemicals go totally wack?

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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    1, Why do you want to use it? It cannot be as good for your pool as municipal water

    2. To have any legitimate opinion, you would have to post test results so we could see what's in it, if anything.

    3. Generally speaking, well water can cause unnecessary problems in your pool. If it is easy to avoid them by using municipal water, then that's your best bet.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    in Miami, we are charged for water and sewer for all water consumed. So all gallons going into the pool gets double billed. By using well water, I avoid that. But, if the chemical damage may be worse, then I remain skeptical.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    Many water companies will adjust your bill if you call them and tell them you are filling a swimming pool. They should be able to see your abnormal usage in a given month and not charge you the sewer portion for the pool fill. This seems pretty common on the boards, but YMMV.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    I've never heard of a utility authority which would not compensate the sewage charge for filling a pool. Technically, it is unlawful for them to charge for services they have not provided, nor assess you for services you have not used. Call them and let them know what you are doing - they have already done this before for a *lot* of pools in Miami.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    In Jacksonville they will not credit you the sewer bills. They want you to buy another meter and charge you for water usage. We have one that we uses for irrigation, pool, washing cars, etc. The cost of this meter was $600, however I heard that it is changed to $1200. Sounds expensive but it will pay back for itself.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    I've heard several muni's preferring of dual-metering, and I can see the potential, but for me, there is an issue of charging a taxpayer for services not provided. I wonder what the local small-claims court would have to say if someone took them to task for it?
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    we used our well water in South Texas (no choice where we are) and have not had a problem getting our water balanced, but I suppose it depends on what is actually in your water. I'd say have it tested and then decide.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    The compensating for sewer charges is for limited circumstances (e.g., a complete fill of the pool) and only once/twice a year. I think what the OP is referring to is when you "top off" the pool for evaporation.

    I'm in MIA too, and I had the same thought a few weeks ago. If I get around to putting sprinklers, I'd do it on a well. It's "free" water, right? It's just not potable/drinkable, but it can be used for grass and other outside uses, no? So, if it has too much in terms of metals (iron) etc, it may not be quite right for pool. High contaminants should not be an issue other than increased CL consumption.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    We filled with well water and have had no problem with any metals. I did test before fill though to make sure...

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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohm_Boy
    I've never heard of a utility authority which would not compensate the sewage charge for filling a pool. Technically, it is unlawful for them to charge for services they have not provided, nor assess you for services you have not used. Call them and let them know what you are doing - they have already done this before for a *lot* of pools in Miami.
    Pasco County does not compensate. I called them to inform that I was going to fill a pool and was told that I would be charged anyway.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    Pasco County does not compensate. I called them to inform that I was going to fill a pool and was told that I would be charged anyway.
    I'll be quick to point out that i _AM_ an idiot, but I don't see how that is legal. I concede though, that I was certainly wrong, and there seem to be many places that don't compensate.
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    Re: Use Miami well water to fill pool?

    Several people mentioned what you said and even some county employees agree, but the county is not that flexible. They will give a break if you pipe breaks, but for a pool fill there is no common sense....
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