Tips & Advice
How long does it usually take to fill a residential swimming pool?
Depending on the size of your pool and the delivery capabilities of your hose, it can take anywhere from one day for smaller pools (15,000 and smaller) on up to three days for large pools. Most delivery services can fill a pool in a few hours, depending on the size.
Is delivered pool water pre-treated?
Pool water can be filtered and/or chemically treated locally prior to delivery, mostly for balancing and safety, but it is generally not ready for immediate swimming. You still need to properly treat your pool with all applicable chemicals and allow time for them to balance out.
Is delivered pool water ready for swimming right away?
Delivered pool water is NOT pool ready unless it has been treated. Water needs to be chemically treated with chlorine and any other chemicals needed to balance and clean the water to make it safe for swimming. Pool water can be filtered locally, but it is not delivered chemically treated to make it ready to swim in--unless your provider specifically provides that service, and some do. Be aware that you may still need to allow treated water a couple of days to properly balance out for safe and hygienic swimming.
Does the homeowner have to be home for pool water delivery?
While this policy can vary from company to company, most require having a person of legal age on the premises upon delivery. Some companies can make alternative arrangements, but industry standard generally requires a person of age on-site.
How long does it take to fill a pool with delivered water?
Generally it takes less than a day to fill a pool with delivery water. You have to factor in the size of the pool. Let’s say you have a 15,000 gallon pool, and the service uses a 6,000-gallon truck. You’ll need multiple deliveries, so that will extend the time. If you have a massive pool, larger than 30,000 gallons, it can take more than a day. Most trucks can be emptied in an hour or less--an efficient delivery service can do it in a few hours.
What is the benefit of using a pool-water delivery company?
The main benefit of using a water delivery company is eliminating the time and labor involved in filling a pool, which can take a day or more using a standard hose. Cleanliness is another factor, if the local water system is untreated or unclean (particularly if you are on a well system), which can be dangerous to your health. Also, the well might not have enough water to fill your pool.
What type of water do pool-water delivery companies use?
Most companies use standard well or reservoir water from the local water systems. Some water may be filtered and balanced prior to delivery, but not always. Be sure to check with your delivery service for any specific treatments your water needs or has had.
How much does pool-water delivery cost?
Water delivery costs vary depending on the current rates in your area. Most pools hold 15,000-30,000 gallons of water and delivery services charge by the gallon. The national average for water is around $2.00 per 1,000 gallons of water. But delivered water is much more expensive when you factor in delivery costs, and the local taxes and fees that apply. Expect to pay at least $1,200-$1,500 to have a 15,000 gallon pool filled by delivery. Remember, most delivery trucks do not hold 15,000 gallons, so multiple trucks or deliveries are necessary. The water is generally cheap, but the delivery is not.