Let’s preface this post with the assumption that all pools are different sizes and depths so there is not a single answer that is exact for everyone.

However, we are here today to give you some clear ideas of how much it will cost to fill up your standard, suburban swimming pool.

Let’s assume your swimming pool is 6m x 4m which is 24sqm. Let’s call is 25sqm.

Second let’s assume your pool is roughly 1.5m deep on average. That gives us 37.5 cubic metres. Again, let’s round up to give us 40 cubic metres and 40,000L of capacity.

Paying for water in Melbourne is comprised of the service fee (delivery and sewage) and the water. The charge is approximately $4 per kilolitre. With some quick maths, we can quickly work out that the cost to fill an entire pool would be ~$160.

Is that it?

Whilst that will fill up the pool from bottom to top, we really only need to do that once. The only extra water you will need to contribute is to top up the pool as water will be lost to evaporation. Noticeable evaporation will only occur in the hotter months of the year. During winter, don’t expect to be topping up your pool as the rain will typically counter any evaporation.

We estimate that given the rainfall makes up for most of the evaporation that occurs, you should budget anywhere from $25 to $75 per year on topping up the pool. Just in case!

Can you stop evaporation?

One of the easiest ways to stop evaporation is with a pool cover or pool blanket.

The number one reason why people don’t like the idea of a pool cover (and make that facial expression) is purely due to aesthetics. Yes, a pool cover may detract from the visual you are trying to create but there are plenty of great options available that are hidden from sight but still offer the benefits when you need them.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you’d like an estimate on your actual pool build, then try out our cost calculator for an instant, obligation free price guide.