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    So our new swimming pool is almost complete, gonna be ready for this summer, but now my question is, how do I fill it?

    I stay in the Ekurhuleni district in Gauteng, so...

    1. Do I need permission from the municipality to fill it using my tap?
    2. Are there any other Cheaper options other than using tap water?

    I don't have a borehole or anything but do have a fire hydrant on my pavement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scullyG View Post
    So our new swimming pool is almost complete, gonna be ready for this summer, but now my question is, how do I fill it?

    I stay in the Ekurhuleni district in Gauteng, so...

    1. Do I need permission from the municipality to fill it using my tap?
    2. Are there any other Cheaper options other than using tap water?

    I don't have a borehole or anything but do have a fire hydrant on my pavement?
    Hydrant on the pavement.

    And your problem is??
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    Default Re: Filling a Swimming pool

    If you consume the water, you have to pay for the water.

    Using the hydrant for private use, or even tampering with it, is illegal. All cities have this in the bylaws.
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    I would wait for it to rain and collect as much water as possible to fill it
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    Size/Capacity?
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    Default Re: Filling a Swimming pool

    Or look in Junkmail, there are sometimes guys with tankers selling water from farmers for cheaper than municipal sliding scale price.
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    Default Re: Filling a Swimming pool

    No clue about your metro. In Ballito we can order a tanker of untreated municipal water. Basically a tanker brings water from where it enters the treatment plant so it's a lot cheaper.

    No need for treated water in your pool, it's a treatment plant on its own already.

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    Default Re: Filling a Swimming pool

    Quote Originally Posted by scullyG View Post
    So our new swimming pool is almost complete, gonna be ready for this summer, but now my question is, how do I fill it?

    I stay in the Ekurhuleni district in Gauteng, so...

    1. Do I need permission from the municipality to fill it using my tap?
    2. Are there any other Cheaper options other than using tap water?

    I don't have a borehole or anything but do have a fire hydrant on my pavement?
    cant comment on cheaper options but I just chucked the hosepipe in, filled the pool and paid the water bill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Size/Capacity?

    +- 30 000 litres

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    In Harties they steal water out the hydrants and sell it in the townships, and nobody does squat. Now I'm not saying YOU should, but if a pipe happens to mysteriously appear at night and go into your pool ...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by mullerza View Post
    cant comment on cheaper options but I just chucked the hosepipe in, filled the pool and paid the water bill.
    Can you remember what it cost?

    I know that you have to pay for the water and then charge sewage on that same amount

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    Quote Originally Posted by whosthejman View Post
    I would wait for it to rain and collect as much water as possible to fill it

    Can you imagine two kids sitting in a "completed" swimming pool waiting for it to rain, they will revolt and over turn me as the head of the household!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scullyG View Post
    Can you remember what it cost?

    I know that you have to pay for the water and then charge sewage on that same amount
    that doesn't make sense

    the Kilo Liter cost will be on your bill.
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    You have to fill it with your metered connection. The price of water goes up with volume. Just resurfaced mine and it reached full capacity this morning, 3.5 days.

    If this is your first pool the may I offer the following;

    Get a test kit.
    1. Adjust the pool for total alkalinity, not to be confused with pH. There is the appropriate test in the kit. Adjust slowly you don't want to overshoot. Until your total alkalinity is correct do not proceed to step 2. HtH Alklinity Up is nothing more than Sodium Bicarbonate which is half the price at a chemical distributor.
    2. Now test for pH and add soda ash or acid whichever is appropriate. Here even more critical to move in small quantities i.e. half cups waiting the appropriate time for the addition to dilute fully into the pool water before testing again. Get the pH correct for you type of pool.
    3. Now add chlorine.

    Take the time to get it right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Hydrant on the pavement.

    And your problem is??
    Phone your local FB. They may just pump from the hydrant for a fee.

    Marbelite? Then you must fill QUICK
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post

    Marbelite? Then you must fill QUICK
    Even fiberglass. Empty pools aren't stable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    that doesn't make sense

    the Kilo Liter cost will be on your bill.
    Have a look at your bill, if you use 10kl then...

    10kl x water tariff = R#.##

    +

    10kl x sewage tariff = R#.##

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    Quote Originally Posted by scullyG View Post
    Have a look at your bill, if you use 10kl then...

    10kl x water tariff = R#.##

    +

    10kl x sewage tariff = R#.##
    I don't live in a town.
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    Default Re: Filling a Swimming pool

    Some local councils get their fire brigade to fill pools, i understand it costs a lot less than tap water.

    Contact your local fire brigade
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    Based on my calculations it will cost unless the R750.
    The tariffs are based on the 2020 COJ water tariffs.

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