At an average of $0.004 per gallon, city water is the most inexpensive and most popular option. For 15,000 to 30,000 gallons, you'll pay between $60 and $120.
The fastest way to fill a big pool is by using a water delivery service, or a city fire hydrant. Note that using city fire hydrants to fill your swimming pool requires special permission from your local fire department, and rules differ from state to state.
1. Have the water trucked in. It fills up the pool quicker and costs the same amount if using your hose. When you use your hose you have to pay sewer fees.
A good rule of thumb is ordering 80% fill/tailings, and 20% topsoil for the surface. This allows you to fill the hole within inches of the surface before applying the topsoil. Have the material dumped as close to the pool opening as possible, the less you have to move the material the better.
Filling your pool with dirt is the fastest and most affordable way to get rid of a pool because there's no need to remove your concrete or metal shell. This saves on both labor and hauling costs. However, filling a pool with dirt is still a delicate process that requires careful preparation, drainage, and demolition.
Backfilling a pool is the process of filling the empty space left by the inground pool with gravel, sand, or dirt. Backfilling is just one part of the pool removal process. The concrete floor and walls of the pool must be broken up and/or removed prior to backfilling.
Splitting that into two lines will not likely double the flow rate as there is a pressure drop, but it should increase the total flow rate considerably. I would expect it to almost double, but not quite.
Although it may take several hours to fill your pool completely, make sure that someone is available to continuously checking on the pool. It is never recommended to leave your home during this time or to fill your pool overnight.
While the quart or so of water that was setting in the hose may have some chemical contaminants in it, by the time that is diluted into thousands of gallons of water, it's of no concern. That is of course assuming that your swimming pool is not your primary source of all drinking water.
Most people head to the hose, and that is a viable solution if you are a very patient person, have multiple hoses and are not using well water. The average pool can take 12-24 hours to fill and that is only if you have a few hoses chugging away.
Will I Run My Well Dry Filling A Pool? You will not run your well dry filling a pool unless the well has a low flow rate. If the flow rate of the well is lower than 150 gallons per hour, then you can run the well dry while filling a pool.
With the warmer weather recently, some people were thinking of filling up their pool. However, if you are filling a pool, you shouldn't use a fire hydrant. While using a hydrant may be quicker, it can be very dangerous.
Soft Water Must be—Harder!
The trouble in filling a swimming pool with softened water is that “soft water” may seek to balance itself by leeching calcium directly from pool walls—causing the pool's plaster or tile grout to dissolve, corrode and eventually crumble.
If you don't trust your well, it will cost about $200 to fill a 10,000 gallon pool using a good water company that will deliver drinking water. Be careful, some water delivery people will back up to a local pond to fill up.
Hook hose to water outlet and fill your above ground pool to 15 inches while working out any wrinkles in the liner. Fill the pool to the middle of the skimmer using your hose or have bulk water delivered. Fill the container with water from the pool and take it to a local pool store for analysis.
Fill it up and it should stretch and push the wall out. It's buckled because its a tight fit. When installing unibead and j-hook liners, just imagine the pool as a clock. Lay the liner in the pool and center it in the bottom.
Extreme heat will cause the vinyl pool liner to expand too much to the point where you will never get the wrinkles out. Conversely, installing a vinyl pool liner on a very cold day will cause the vinyl to constrict and potentially tear. Ideal installation temperatures range between 50° and 80° F.
When the weather is consistently around 70 degrees during the day, it may be time to open the pool. Leaving your winter cover on during those hotter days lets daylight through the cover. Exposing the water to the sunlight will cause algae to start to form under the winter cover.
It takes nine hours to fill a 5,000-gallon pool at 540 gallons per hour.
Fill It Up
If you have a larger hose, the time to fill your pool will be reduced. If you upgraded to a 5/8-inch-diameter hose delivering 17 gallons per minute or 1,020 gallons per hour, you could fill your 5,000-gallon pool in about five hours.
If you've got a 13,000 gallon pool, it would take about 24 hours to fill your pool.
It's expensive to truck out bad fill, and truck in gravel, but good backfill material is important against the pool walls and as support for your pool deck. If you do need to bring in more suitable backfill material you want a good gravely mix or just plain gravel or any compactable material.
Above-Ground as In-Ground
The pool must be filled prior to backfilling to prevent pool wall collapse and the water level in the pool must always be higher than ground level by at least 1 foot.
A well-maintained swimming pool that does not have any leaks should not have to be drained or refilled every year—even every two or three years.