Water Supply
How drought-friendly are swimming pools?

To the editor: This article told two important stories: First, pools consume somewhat less water than a traditional lawn of the same size, and second, covered pools cut water evaporation by nearly half. Had the headline read "Use of pool covers reduces water use by close to half," pool owners might have been motivated to make the investment and effort necessary to produce this badly needed water savings. Instead, The Times focused on the first story and declared that "pools aren't a big problem." Thus this paper of mass circulation missed an important opportunity to contribute to the cause of water conservation, one of the pivotal issues of our time. ("Water...