Swimming Pool Water Delivery Near Me? Who to Call, Cost, DIY, etc…

When the warmer weather hits and it’s time to fill your swimming pool with water, you can grab the garden hose. But if that isn’t an option because of local water rationing, a shallow well, or a need to fill your pool quickly, you can have a bulk water company fill your pool. Don’t know how to do that or what to expect? No worries, there are many companies that will deliver truckloads of water to you.

Read on to learn more about pool water delivery, including details on the water delivery process, costs, how to choose a water delivery company, and a list of places that will get the job done.

In This Article

What Is the Water Delivery Process Like?

Step 1: Initial Contact and Calculations

When you contact a pool water supplier, they will ask you about the dimensions of your pool, your location, and whether your pool needs to be emptied before refilling. Together, you’ll determine how much water you need — try this swimming pool volume calculator to get an idea — and how many water trucks they’ll need to send. This will vary by company, since there are several different sizes of water trucks, usually holding 2,000-6,000 gallons each.

To put things in perspective, a common size for a personal pool is 16 x 32 feet. With an average depth of 5.5 feet, this will hold over 21,000 gallons, meaning you’ll likely need several truckloads.

Step 2: Preparing Your Pool

You will want to make sure your pool is reasonably clean and free of debris before your water arrives. If it already has some water in it, ask the company if they can first pump out water — not all companies can do this. This can add considerably to your cost, especially if they need to haul the water away to dispose of it. If you have a very small pool and don’t mind the water just being poured out onto your property, it may only cost you about $150. Some places have restrictions on how you can dispose of pool water, so check your local laws and city ordinances first.

Step 3: Delivery

The most important factors that impact water delivery are hose width and length. Large water delivery trucks can damage your landscaping, so companies typically come equipped with a long hose and just leave the truck on the street. To avoid damage to your lawn, find out how long the hoses are ahead of time and ask them to bring extra if your pool is far from the street.

The speed each truck can be emptied depends on the diameter of their hoses and whether the company uses pumps to speed up the process. You can probably count on 20-60 minutes per load. With several trucks, this can be a lengthy process, but it is mostly hands-off. The driver will put the hose in the pool and probably keep an eye out for problems, but the rest is just a waiting game. You may not even have to be present. (Discuss this with the company as well).

You can tip the driver, but it’s not expected. When your pool is filled, you should treat the water, regardless of its source, unless the company has specifically pre-treated it for use in pools. Most water delivery companies do not pre-treat.

How Much Does Swimming Pool Water Delivery Cost?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to how much swimming pool water delivery will cost you. The water itself is generally quite inexpensive — what you are paying for is mainly manpower, time, and gasoline. This means that if you live very close to the delivery company, it will cost you much less than if you live far away. Some companies charge only an hourly rate, while some have a set charge for the water and an additional rate based on distance for each load. Each load may cost a couple hundred dollars, or it may be $1,300 or more if you live further away. This means that it will benefit you to find a company as close to you as possible.

How to Pick the Best Water Delivery Company

When hiring a bulk water delivery company, you’ll want to check references and find out if the company is insured, in the event of property damage. Online reviews can be helpful, and talking to other customers can help you get a feel for the quality of the company and their work. Social media pages for local pool owners (like this Arizona Swimming Pool Owners Group) can connect you with customers of various companies and answer additional questions.

The cleanliness of a company’s equipment can also give you an idea of the state of their water. You will be treating your pool water to make it safe, but some people prefer to fill their pool with potable water, as well. Some water delivery companies deliver potable water, and some deliver non-potable water. Check with the company if this is important to you.

List of Pool Water Delivery Companies

There are many bulk water delivery companies nationwide, and many of these will bring water to your pool and fill it for you. Because of the impracticality and expense of hauling water long distances, most companies have small service areas, usually covering only a few counties. Below, we’ve listed the companies that are large enough to deliver in a few states, as well as a few that are large in states that have a high demand for pool water, like Arizona and Florida. But don’t limit yourself to these larger companies.

To find local pool water delivery companies, check Bulk Water Delivery, an online directory of suppliers by state. Or, do a Google search for “pool water delivery” or “bulk water delivery” near you. Even if one of the companies on our list delivers in your area, searching for locals suppliers will let you can compare prices and other options.

For pricing information, contact the companies directly. Most companies won’t give this information until they know the amount of water you need and the distance of your pool from their headquarters or source of water.

1. 310 Dust Control

2. Culligan

3. Darling’s Daughters Bulk Water Delivery Services

4. Davis Water Service

5. Doc’s Water

6. Evans Trucking

7. H2EcoWater

8. Jensen Water

9. Taylor’s Water Hauling

10. Texas Bulk Water

11. Waterman Water Hauling

Will the Fire Department Fill My Pool?

You may have heard that the fire department fills swimming pools. The service is most common in rural areas where the fire department is less busy responding to emergencies.

While fire departments charge for this service, they’re usually more affordable than a water delivery company. Some fire departments “require a donation,” some charge per gallon, and some charge per load. Here are a few examples of prices:

  • Niverville Fire Department (Niverville, NY): Charges per gallon. $0.04 per gallon for the first 5,000-gallon load; $0.03 cents per gallon for subsequent loads. (That’s $200/load for the first 5,000-gallon load and $150/load for 5,000-gallon loads thereafter.)
  • Cassville Volunteer Fire Company (Jackson, NJ): Charges per load. $300 or $350 per load, depending on the district where you lives. (No load size provided.)
  • Millford Township Fire Company (Quakertown, PA): Charges per load. $110 per 3,500-gallon load. (That’s about $0.03 per gallon.)

In Summary

Bulk water delivery is a convenient way to quickly and efficiently fill your pool with water. When you contact a water delivery company, be prepared to provide essential information such as your pool dimensions and distance from the street. This helps ensure that delivery will be relatively quick and easy, with very little required of you. Keep in mind that you’ll likely find the best rates by choosing a company close to you.

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