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Drought intensifies debate on backyard pools
Drought intensifies debate on backyard pools

The backyard swimming pool is again in regulators' crosshairs as they scramble to save enough water to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's order to cut urban use 25%. More than 20 water suppliers have implemented restrictions on pools, banning new construction, prohibiting homeowners from refilling their aquatic playgrounds and requiring the use of covers, pool industry records show. But the industry is fighting back, sending representatives to city councils and water regulators with a simple message: Swimming pools can use less water than grass and have gotten an unfair rap. "The amount of water you need to water your lawn, that's something you can't even envision. But...

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