Bad news for the swimming pool industry


LOS ANGELES TIMES: The drought along the West Coast has made some people change their feelings about personal swimming pools.

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LOS ANGELES TIMES: The drought along the West Coast has made some people change their feelings about personal swimming pools.

As California enters a potential fifth year of drought, the swimming pool demolition industry — a niche, to be sure — is thriving, operators say, with new companies entering the business to profit from Californians’ concerns about water scarcity.

And although conservation isn’t always the top reason to get rid of a pool, demolition specialists say the drought is responsible for an increasing share of business inquiries. One company owner said he has a backlog of a dozen pool demolition jobs. Another said he expects to do 80 jobs this year, compared with about 30 in 2012.

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