I just bought an 8’x 30" pool that was sold without a pump/filter system. It holds 639 gallons of water. I also bought a cover for it. Total cost of pool and cover: about $55.00.

My question is, what can I do (besides drain & refill every day) to keep the water clean enough for a while without having to spend the $250.00-plus for a pump/filter system?

I guess I wouldn’t mind as much if I could make it last at least a couple of weeks between draining/refilling, though, longer would be better! I’m retired so I have enough time to create a frequent routine if need be, but I’d rather not crank out 2-3,000 gallons of water every week just to keep it clean!

Is there a way to do this without having to buy a filter system?

Any help would be appreciated. All I can seem to find is answers from companies that recommend I buy their products. Frustrating, to say the least.

Thanks in advance!


Unfortunately, you really do not want to treat your swimming pool with any chemicals without the proper filtration and circulation, which means adding a pump and filter. Otherwise, draining and refilling the pool will be necessary when the water becomes diry, cloudy, algae-filled, etc.