How to Use the Waste Water of My Pool for Watering the Plants


A swimming pool's water constantly rises and falls depending on weather, temperature and other outside conditions. The regular maintenance and vacuuming of a swimming pool produces waste water that runs directly out of the pool's body of water through a backwash or waste line. Pool waste water serves many purposes and is often used to water garden plants. Recycling pool waste water for watering uses requires vacuum hoses and a pool-filter system with the proper settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Backwash line or hose
  • Bucket
  • Unroll the pool's backwash line or hose. Place the end of the hose near the watering area.

  • Shut off the pool at the switch box. Turn the pool filter handle to point to the "Waste" or "Backwash" filtration setting.

  • Turn on the pool at the switch box. Move to the backwash-hose end and direct it at the area requiring water. If the stream coming from the backwash line is too powerful, fill a bucket with the waste water from the pool and pour it manually onto the area.

  • Shut off the pool after watering. Turn the pool filter handle to point to the "Filter" setting. Roll up the pool's backwash line.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use the waste water from your pool for watering after shocking or otherwise chemically treating the pool for at least 24 hours.

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