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Swimming Pool Glossary: Pump Capacity

In order to keep the water in your pool clean, you need to have a pump with the appropriate capacity. Your pump's capacity should be determined by how much water your pool can actually hold. It is usually measured in gallons per minute or gallons per hour. For example, if your pool can hold 6 000 gallons of water, your pump's capacity should be 3 000 gallons per hour.

If you keep this 2:1 ratio in mind when purchasing your pool pump, you will always have fresh water circulating into your pool. And a clean pool means happy swimmers!

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