Should water restrictions be imposed?

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 12:00 PM

At a time when the entire French territory is facing drought, the Federation of Swimming Professionals (FFP) ensures that private pools have very little impact “on water use”. All swimming pools represent only 0.12% of the annual water consumption from France”, says the union.

Swimming pools are becoming increasingly popular. France has approx 3.2 million private pools Including 1.55 million underground swimming pools and 1.64 million above-ground swimming pools, according to the latest FPP figures published in April, underlining France’s position as a European leader in swimming pool construction.

In 2021, the park increased by 244,000 swimming pools and the turnover of pool professionals jumped 32% over one year “thanks to the ‘reinforcing effect’ of the Covid virus and favorable weather,” according to AFP Julie Polynices Chalet, general delegate from the FPP, who It includes more than 1,400 French companies specializing in swimming pools and spas. in 30 years, The volume of the pools has increased from more than 70 cubic meters to 43 cubic meters She notes that the average price is currently 24,000 euros depending on the level of equipment and regions.

Democratic private pools

FPP President Stephane Figueroa said in April that the private pool market had been “democratised” in recent years. According to a February-March 2022 survey conducted by Decryptis on behalf of FPP with a sample of 18,000 households living in a single-family home, The proportion of workers, farmers and employees who own an in-ground swimming pool has skyrocketed From “10% in four years,” from 14.1% of pool owners in 2017 to 24.7% in 2021.

For its part, the proportion of entrepreneurs and CEOs has remained “stable” in recent years, at 41.6% in 2021, according to a Decryptis study. On the other hand, thePensioners are now “underrepresented” among owners In-home swimming pools: 33.7% in 2021 compared to 40.1% in 2017.

As France grapples with a historic drought, “the water use in a swimming pool is on average 15 cubic meters per year, or as much as the production of one kilogram of beef,” argues Joel Boulinex-Challet, who adds: “In 25 years but It’s been reduced by 45%.”

0.12% of France’s annual water consumption

The CEO attributes this decline to the fact that “Customers no longer empty pools completely, every year, as in the past‘, but also ‘to use covers to prevent evaporation’ or even ‘create tanks to recover water’.

“All swimming pools account for only 0.12% of France’s annual water consumption,” she argues again, referring to ” Very little effect of swimming pools on water use in the country. Heating systems have also seen their consumption decline, at a rate of roughly 10 in 35 years, according to estimates. These systems consumed about 15,000 kWh/year in 1980, compared to 1,570 kWh/year in 2015.

finally, Technological improvements On filter pumps or even lighting has also made it possible to reduce the energy bill in swimming pools.

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