Pool heating schedule for 2020-21

The pools will be heated October through May, but we will not be alternating the heating at two-month intervals as in the past. We will save considerable money by bringing pools up to 84 degrees twice instead of the usual four times.  

All spas will continue to be heated to 102 degrees year-round.

To help with COVID-19 distancing requirements, two pools – east and west, will be heated October 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. The center pool will then be heated February 1, 2021 through May 31,  2021.

The waterline tile at the center pool will be cleaned and the plaster acid-washed this fall. This will require that the pool be drained and refilled. The east and west pools were cleaned this spring.

Guidance for healthy use of pools

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid the pool area if you are experiencing symptoms of illness including a fever of 100°F or above, sore throat, runny nose, chills, not feeling well, sneezing, coughing, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.
  • Six feet separation is required from anyone not in your same household. No large groups or pool parties allowed. If there is not room to maintain physical distancing in the pool or the pool area, please try another pool or another time. Please alert the board or management company if you think we need to schedule time slots for use or take other measures to control the flow of users.
  • Lounge chairs and tables must remain properly distanced.
  • When the spas are heated, use will be limited to one person or household at a time.
  • Residents must wear a cloth face covering when traveling through common areas of the property where it may not be possible to maintain physical distancing, including to and from the pool.
  • Bring and use your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant as needed to help maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere.

Pool heating schedule for 2019-20

The center pool is heated to 84 degrees for two months beginning in October. December and January will see the east and west pools heated, then back to the center pool for February and March, finishing with the east and west pools for April and May as needed. Spas at all pools will continue to be heated year-round to 102 degrees. But one or more spas will be closed for short periods for water-line tile cleaning. Pools that are not being heated will also be cleaned in turn this winter.

Pool heating schedule for 2018-19

Beginning in October the center pool will be heated to 84 degrees for two months. December and January will see the east and west pools heated, then back to the center pool for February and March, finishing with the east and west pools for April and May as needed. Spas at all pools will continue to be heated year-round to 102 degrees.

Annual Report 2018: Landscaping and Pools

We’ve learned lessons from having lived with our desertscape for four years. We’ve learned that while saving water, the removal of lawns raises the ambient temperature around our homes and plants. In at least three cases, our landscape contractor Ismael has had to install multiple rings of soaker hoses around suffering citrus trees that had been in the lawn but now have surrounding desertscape. Pyracantha hedges also have suffered until additional water supplies were brought to them.

This past summer was so hot that more shade screens had to be built just to keep plants alive. We are used to shading such as the Sago Palms, but this past summer we had to drape burlap over the Mexican fencepost cacti to protect them on the south and west exposures. Next month, our landscapers will begin an aggressive treatment of all the agave in our complex. The stress of heat has made them more susceptible to boring-type worms and we have lost several this past year.  We will use both liquid and granular poisons to control these pests.

During the ungodly hot part of the summer, Ismael and an expanded crew spread ten tons of fresh decomposed granite on the thin spots over the entire desertscape area. If you’ve been near the east pool recently, you probably noticed that the landscaping has been updated. New bougainvillea and lantana were planted as well as a new pyracantha hedge around the pool to hide the pool equipment. Some cobblestone mulch was installed along with annual geraniums.

Pools and Spas:

We got a break this year from pool and spa tile and plaster renovation, but some of our supporting pool and spa equipment needed replacement. The east spa got a new filter, new pump and new heater this past summer. The center spa also got a new pump for a total cost of almost $7,000. The main entry handrails of all pools and spas have been covered with blue insulating sleeves. No longer do we have to drape a towel over the rail or risk burning our hands.

The center pool is, for February and March, being heated to the standard temperature of 84 degrees. All spas are always programmed at 101 degrees.

—Carl Toland