Hello all. This is a first post, but I have been learning and applying the BBB method from this site for about a month with good results. I moved into a house with a pool, my first pool, about 1 month ago, also.
So, first water bill comes in... $260 for 30 days. That is at least 3x more than at my previous home with about the same amount of lawn. So, off I go to see where I am wasting all my water.
I would like to confirm my understanding of the plumbing setup of my pool so if I discover some leaking water I can identify the source. I've attached a picture with some labeling to see if my understanding is correct. Please let me know if I have something wrong.
- In ground, chlorine
- 9 ft. deepest, 3-4 ft. shallow. Estimated at 21,000
- Fairly large spa, elevated about 2-3 feet above the pool water line
- Pool has 1 drain, spa seems to have 2
- 2 skimmers, 1 vacuum
- the pool seems to have 1 main return jet that has a very high flow rate and several other returns that are limited in power
- Spa has about 5-6 jets with an air blower
- Located in Dallas, Texas... and it's still very hot
1. Skimmer 1 input?
2. Skimmer 2 input?
3. Pool drain input?
4. Valve for 1 and 2 input
5. Value for 3 input
6. Spa drain 1 input?
7. Spa drain 2 input?
8. Valve for 6. and 7. and also previous inputs
9. Pump output
10. Cartridge filter input (operating at 18psi, BTW)
11. Cartridge filter output
12. Heater Input (Gas heater)
13. Heater Output
14. Output value
15. Main pool return jet?
16. Spa return jet?
17. Spa return jet 2?
18. Booster output for vacuum
19. Control panel
20. Fresh water faucet connected to a pipe that goes underground. Not sure where this one goes.
So, I shut off the faucet at location 20. and put a bucket in the pool matching the water line to see what the difference is tonight.
Question: How is the faucet at location 20. used? Does the pool place fresh water in at timed intervals? Does it have a sensor?
Here is another angle, just in case you need a different perspective.