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The Economics of Playing in the Water

Just how much does it cost to cool down this summer?


Summer is here. The hot weather is here. The need to cool down in the back yard with some water is here. The question is, do you ask your parents to blow up the pool? Play in the sprinklers? Or set up the old Slip ‘N Slide?

Water costs money. Every time you want to play in the water, your parents have to pay for it. On average, water is about $1.50 for 1,000 gallons. Now, that might not seem like a lot. One thousand gallons is a lot of water. But think about this: most blow-up pools hold about 200 gallons of watering plants

A sprinkler uses about 1,000 gallons per hour. That means it costs about $1.50 per hour to play outside. A Slip ‘N Slide is going to be about the same.

So if you go outside on a hot day and play for two hours, that is $3.

Right from the start, the pool is the better choice, if you are looking for the cheapest option, it costs about 75 cents.

But there is a factor you can’t put a price on—the fun of it all! Maybe one day you feel like just floating in the pool, then that is the best option to go with. But what if you want to race your friends? Well then, a Slip ‘N Slide is your best bet. Want to bring the dog in on the fun? The sprinkler is going to be a great bet.

What if your parents say it’s going to cost too much to go out and play in the water? Well, now you know how much it costs so you can exchange chores for water time!

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