Pool Sales Up Despite Water Restrictions

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Summer time is in full swing, the hot temperatures call for a dip in the pool.

You would figure that with water restrictions, the increase of the water and with the current drought we are in that local contractors who install pools wouldn't have much of a business, well think again.

Summer hasn't even officially started, but the demand for pools has kept local contractors busy for the past several months. One local contractor says he can't seem to get the pools installed fast enough for his customers.

"We've been working seven days a week. We've been real busy, we were thinking that we're going to slow down this year. But by the looks of it, we're way busier than last year," Mario Chacon with JC Pool and Spas, said.

Chacon says his business has increased 50 to 60 percent from last year.

He credits the "boom" for people having that extra cash to buy a pool.

"The oil is booming out here so you know there are a lot of people that got the extra money to spend on installing the pool, so that's good for us," Chacon said.

Chacon says that by the end of this year they will have doubled the number of pools installed compared to last year.

"By the looks of it, by the time we are in the end of December, I am thinking 40 to 50 pools total," Chacon said.

He says he's currently short staffed but he still tries to have a reasonable goal for his work crew.

"What we are trying to get about three pools every month," Chacon said.

You may be asking yourself, how is it possible to fill up a pool when we're in the middle of water restrictions and a drought?

Well if your existing pool is completely empty, you have to contact an outside source of water to truck it in and fill it up. You can not use the city water. In fact, you'll need to let the Community Development Department know you're filling up with outside water.