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Are Pools the Answer to Our Drought?

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The bobcat is moving dirt, load after load. Just yesterday the cranes dropped in the preformed fiberglass pool and Lexi Cerretti is convinced that not only will it be a crowd pleaser for her nine-year-old daughter and her friends, it will add to the value of their home and save water. That's right the 40-foot-long pool will take 18,000 gallons of water but over time...they will save on watering that much grass. 

"We took out grass and landscaping and all the irrigation lines," she says."I've done a lot of research and once we fill it up, that's it. We have a pool cover for it and that will cut down the evaporation. We will only have a little water as drip to the trees. We're sure we'll save on what we would have used to keep grass green."

Cerretti is also a real estate agent. 

"There are a lot of Californians moving here and they expect to have pools. So it will add to the value of our house in the long run. We're putting pavers around it so there won't be any grass there either. So it really means a lot less yard work and a lot more fun."

And Randy Reid with Certified Pool and Spa in Reno says there's no doubt over time pools with covers save on water. 

"We are booked out into August putting in pools," he says."And while everyone is concerned about using water right now, I think it's also the economy. As people have more money to spend they are investing in pools. And a lot of them are doing it to take out grass which takes a lot more water over time."

There seems to be debate over pools. In California, San Francisco is cutting back while in Sacramento homeowners are adding them and losing grass. It's an expensive changeover but in the long run if they are covered, pools have become so efficient that that 17,000 or 18,000 gallons of water it takes to fill them are can be a deal over time. 

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