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Thread: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

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    Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    I was told a while back that we could not build a new pool with auto-fill due to some TX code (a water source?). Is there anything you know of that would prevent me from getting auto-fill in TX ? Am I missing something?

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    Re: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    I thought the drought rules down there were geared against a total refill of a pool and did not prohibit maintaining water level. I can not imagine why an autofill would not be allowed.

    If you want to know for sure, talk to your county or city permit office.

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    Re: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    I have not heard of any auto-fill restrictions for the State of Texas. However, if your county is under drought stages, this might dictate that non-essential water usage be curtailed.
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    Re: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    Here is a reference from a utility:
    When topping off, use a hose timer to avoid overfilling. Add a few inches as needed on your scheduled watering day to maintain constant water levels. Auto-fill devices can malfunction and add water unnecessarily. Using a hose makes it easier to tell if a leak develops or the pool level changes dramatically. Austin Water Utility is owned and operated by the City of Austin, Texas. ... ming-pools
    I think that if it were against the building code, then they would say so.

    Here are two references from builders about installing an auto fill:
    So, if you don't have auto fill you might consider having one installed on your pool. ... &Itemid=18
    I think that if it were against the building code, that they would not offer it

    Here is a reference that indicates that water from an "irrigation system" cannot be used:
    Use of Irrigation Systems for Pools and Fountains Fill
    1. What governs the installation of auto-fill equipment for pools and fountains? ... tation.pdf
    I think that this is the most likely rule that the person was quoting, and possibly misinterpreting. If they say that an auto-fill is not permitted, then ask them to provide a reference.

    To be sure, you could contact your local utility and/or your local Building Inspections Department.

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    Re: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    Thanks so much for the info and links! I really appreciate it!

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    Re: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    For what it's worth, we are in Texas, just built and have an autofill. It was offered in all of the quotes we received.
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    Re: Any reason I can't have auto-fill in TX?

    I always say... it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission...

    How would anybody know?

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