The French are turning away from swimming pools

Last year the level of swimming pool construction fell by 16% compared to 2022. Declining purchasing power and water scarcity are the main reasons.

At the end of 2023, there were 3.507 million family swimming pools in France, including 1.68 in-ground and 1.73 million above-ground. The Federation of Swimming Pool Professionals stressed, “Overall, this park will consume only 0.06% of national water consumption over the year (except first filling: 0.02% for new swimming pools in 2023) or approximately 20.8 million m3 of water. represents.” “A figure that is a far cry from the 1 billion cubic meters of water wasted in leaks from the aging French drinking water network,” the FFPP underlines. Why such a message again? Because the swimming pool market is stagnating and the reason for this is mainly water consumption.

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Certainly, according to a survey conducted by the CSA Institute for the FPP in 2023, 40% of French people who do not have swimming pools and who have “swimmable” land would like to have a swimming pool in their garden. However, they no longer take risks. After imprisonment, the years 2020 and 2021 were recorded Record level of construction growth, Swimming pools were built up 27.5% in 2020 compared to 2019 and +22% in 2021 compared to 2020. But in 2023 this figure fell by 16% compared to the previous year. Turnover is 14.5% higher than in 2022.

Importance of using cover

Therefore FPP wanted to reassure and send a positive message about water consumption, especially the current problem, in 2023. Year of drought. A 4 x 8 meter French swimming pool uses an average of only 7 cubic meters of water during active winterization, which does not require lowering the water line to 1/3 of the pool volume as in inactive winterization. The FPP specifies: ‘For comparison, it is estimated that an average family of 4 people consumes 150 m3 of water per year, or 55 m3 per adult and 20 m3 per child. In case of drip leakage at a tap, the water loss is 4 liters per hour or 35 m3 per year.

FPP has installed a calculator, professional or personal version, to determine the amount of water consumption in a swimming pool. From its size, its geographical location, its equipment and the way they are used, to the number of swimming days and average number of bathers… all parameters influence water consumption. “And for the first time, rainfall and the natural filling of swimming pools are taken into account by the municipality thanks to the database integrated into this calculator”. And the federation stresses the importance of using blankets to avoid evaporation. She gives the example of a swimming pool in Toulouse. Without cover, evaporation is 36.59m3 per year. With 12 hours of coverage per day, this is 8.26m3 per year. And with 4 hours of coverage per day, this is only 1.78m3 per year.

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